All members agree to do their best in maintaining academic independence and integrity in their activity related to the EIWG, and comply with the IASSA “Guiding Principles for the Conduct of Research”as well as with the other professional codes of ethics we feel obliged to (e.g. American Anthropological Association, UK Association of Social Anthropologists, and others)

  1. The Working Group provides a network and access to certain forums and contacts; however as a general rule, working group members represent themselves at events and in contact with external organisations, unless otherwise agreed by the EIWG.
  2. The Working Group does not take a position in relation to external entities, such as industry, government, civil society organizations. However, working group members may agree to make a collective recommendation to a certain entity, e.g. the Arctic Council after approval by the IASSA council (see point 6).
  3. The EIWG acknowledges and respects the fact that its members and the members of the broader IASSA community have diverse views and interests. It therefore does not attempt to represent the interests of its members or IASSA as a whole, or the local people that members work with. However, it does make efforts to create spaces for constructive dialogue between its members and other stakeholders.
  4. EIWG members are free to have relations with external stakeholders on their own terms (dialogue/affiliations/participation in meetings)
  5. IASSA council approval is required before any use of the IASSA and the EIWG names in dealing with external requests and in relation to representation at meetings, recommendations or advice. This refers particularly to lobbying activities of members, be it on the side of industry, NGO’s or indigenous peoples’ organisations.
  6. The EIWG can play the role of a conduit of industry requests for research/consulting work, and encourage collaboration between members and/or between members and external organisations in relation to such consultancies, but the EIWG avoids carrying out consultancy work in the name of the working group itself.
  7. In its role as active partner in dialogue non-academic entities, the EIWG can apply for funding and accept money from outside entities, but only after the members ratified such an endeavour [by majority, consensus, etc]
  8. Decisions are made within the working group by consensus after email discussion or conference calls, and coordination with the IASSA council if EIWG or IASSA figure beyond the personal involvement of members.


Disclaimer: while the charter and ethics of EIWG were approved by the IASSA council, views and opinions stated in this document as well as expressed by individual members DO NOT reflect the views of IASSA as an association of scientists.