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News February 6, 2023

Ted Palys Appointed Senior Fellow at Centre for Free Expression

Ted Palys has been appointed a senior fellow at the Centre for Free Expression (CFE) at Toronto Metropolitan University. Palys is one of Canada’s leading authorities on research confidentiality.

“Ted Palys’ work over two decades has highlighted the need to ensure the ethical conduct of human research becomes reality,” said James L. Turk, Director of the CFE. “We are delighted that he will be joining the CFE in a formal role as we move forward to get statutory protection for research confidentiality.”

A Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, Palys is also an Associate Member of its Department of Indigenous Studies. His areas of research and teaching include qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research; the ethics and law of research confidentiality; and the relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally.

Palys was one of six individuals from across Canada appointed to the Social Science and Humanities Working Committee on research ethics (SSHWC) that advised the funding agencies on how what became the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2.0 might better reflect ethical issues arising in the humanities and social sciences.

He is co-author (with Chris Atchison) of Research Methods in the Social and Health Sciences: Making Research Decisions (2021, published by Sage) and Protecting Research Confidentiality: What Happens When Law and Ethics Collide (with John Lowman, 2014, published by James Lorimer & Co.).

The Centre for Free Expression at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) is a hub for public education, research and advocacy on free expression and the public’s right to know. Its work is undertaken in collaboration with academic and community-based organizations across Canada and internationally.