Will van den Hoonaard

Professor Emeritus




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Will C. van den Hoonaard is a longstanding field researcher whose current areas of teaching and research cover qualitative and ethnographic research, research ethics, the Baha’i community, and the world of mapmakers. He has served on the (Canadian) Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics, SSHRC Standard Grants Committees, the Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme, and as Book-Review Editor of several journals.

Before coming to UNB, he represented an international NGO at the United Nations in New York and conducted fieldwork in Iceland. He is currently serving as Chair of the Postdoc Assessment Committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

His book, The Seduction of Ethics was listed by Hill Times as one of the top 100 Canadian non-fiction books in 2011 It also received "Honorable Mention" by the Charles H. Cooley Award Committee of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, 2012.

The same Society awarded him the 2017 George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement. The Health Improvement Institute (Bethesda, MD) awarded him the 2013 Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection for Lifetime Achievement.

Selected publications

van den Hoonaard, W.C. (2019) "'Vulnerability' as a Concept Captive in its own Prison." Chapter 27 in Ron Iphofen (ed.) Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity, Springer International Publishing.

van den Hoonaard, W.C. (2018) "Social Regulation and Ethics in Research." Pp. 67-73 (Chapter 8) In Steven Kleinecht, Lisa-Jo van den Scott, and Carrie Sanders (eds), The Craft of Qualitative Research. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press.

van den Hoonaard, W.C. (2018) "Critical sociological research in the context of research-ethics review Guidelines." Pp. 117-130 (Chapter 8) in Catriona I. Macleod, Jacqueline Marx, Phindezwa Mnyaka, and Gareth J. Treharne (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Ethics in Critical Research. Chapter 8. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

van den Hoonaard, W.C. (2018) "Ethics on the Ground: A Moral Compass." Pp. 55-74 (Chapter 4) in for D. K. van den Hoonaard, Qualitative Research in Action: A Canadian Primer. 3rd edition. Toronto: Oxford U.P.

van den Hoonaard, W.C. (2017). "About 'Othering' Ourselves in a System with Discrepant Values: the Research-Ethics Review Process Today." Pp 61-75 (Chapter 7) in Ron Iphofen (ed.), Finding Common Ground: Consensus in Research Ethics Across the Social Sciences. London, UK: Emerald Group).

van den Hoonaard, W. C. (2016) (Coeditor). The Ethics Rupture: Exploring Alternatives to Formal Research-Ethics Review. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (with Ann Hamilton)

van den Hoonaard, W. C. (2016) “The Ethics Rupture Summit in the Context of Current Trends in Research-Ethics Review.” (with Ann Hamilton). Pp. 5-20 in Will C. van den Hoonaard and Ann Hamilton (eds),  Ethic Rupture: Alternatives to Formal Research Ethics  Review. Toronto: U of T Press.

van den Hoonaard, W. C. (2016) “So Where from Here? Finding Paths through the Bramble of Research-Ethics Review.” (with Ann Hamilton). Pp. 409-417 in Will C. van den Hoonaard and Ann Hamilton (eds),  Ethic Rupture: Alternatives to Formal Research Ethics  Review. (Toronto: U of T Press.

van den Hoonaard, W. C. (2016) “The making(s) of a qualitative code of ethics: the 'Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. ” Chapter 5 (pp. 59-68) in Martin Tolich (ed.)  Qualitative Research Ethics in Practice. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

van den Hoonaard, W. C. (2016) “Moonstruck: Cartographic Explorations of the Moon by Mary Adela Blagg and Kira B. Shingareva.” Terrae Incognitae. 48 (1): 79-89 

van den Hoonaard, W. C. (2015) Did You Ever Wonder?: The Life of the Báb as a Child. Cobalt, ON: White Mountain Publications.

van den Hoonaard, W. C. (2015) “Mapping Labrador Became Her Religion: The Story of Mina Hubbard.” Geomatica:Special Issue on “Cartography in Canada 2011-2015.” 69 (2): 189-192.

van den Hoonaard, W. C. (2014) Map Worlds: A History of Women in Cartography. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. (trade edition).

van den Hoonaard, W. C. (2014) “How Positivism Is Colonizing Qualitative Research through Ethics Review.” Pp. 173-194 (Chapter 8) in Jennifer M. Kilty, Sheryl C. Fabian, & Maritza Felices-Luna, eds. Demarginalizing Voices: Commitment, Emotion, and Action in Qualitative Research. Vancouver, BC: U. of British Columbia Press.

van den Hoonaard, W. C. (2014) “Getting to the Dark Side of the Moon: Researching the Lives of Women in Cartography.” Chapter 8 (pp. 152-160) in Rosanna Hertz, Anita Garey, and Margaret Nelson (eds), Open to Disruption: Time and Craft in the Practice of Slow Sociology. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.