Introduction to Research Ethics

Short description

This course introduces early-career researchers to basic principles of ethics and integrity. During our sessions, PhD candidates will learn about the available resources at the Hertie School, as well as the ethics review process, which is mandatory for all researchers. They will also have the possibility to discuss case studies and clarify their own doubts on the topic of research ethics.

Course structure

The course is divided into two three-hour sessions. The first session will deal with basic principles of research ethics and integrity and the resources available at the Hertie School. The second session will focus on case studies and on debating specific doubts and issues faced by the PhD candidates during their own research projects.


Target group

PhD candidates who have not yet taken any kind of ethics training at the Hertie School or partner institutions.



  • To introduce researchers to basic guidelines and ethics principles to be followed during their academic careers
  • To clarify the ethics review process at the Hertie School and the mandatory steps for all researchers
  • To address specific questions and doubts related to the PhD candidate's research project




  • Dr. Claudia Seldin is an architect and urbanist by training. She holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in Urban Studies from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil with two collaboration periods at the Bauhaus Universität-Weimar in Germany. She is an Associate Researcher at the Technische Universität Berlin, where she teaches at the Master Historische Urbanistik (Center for Metropolitan Studies) and at the Urban Management Programme. Her research focuses on urban and cultural policies, urban planning trends, resistance movements and research methodology. She has held fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung and the IRS Leibniz in Germany, as well as from FAPERJ, CAPES and CNPq in Brazil. She is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, and has an advanced knowledge of German and French. At the Hertie School, Claudia works as an Associate for Research Ethics and Integrity.