Here are some of the methods we’ve developed, tested, and published (and continue to refine) as part of an overall project to do science differently.
Choosing our guiding lab values: How do we collectively choose which values and goals we align with as researchers? Within a research collective?
Scientific stories and ethnographies: How do we use ethnographies, a type of observational research that accounts for particular cultures and communities, to investigate our own scientific culture and laboratory community?
Citational Politics: How do we cite types and sources of knowledge beyond the usual suspects when citational expectations, infrastructure, and norms make that difficult?
Equity in author order: How do we assign author order in a way that is humble, equitable, and accountable to the different types of labour that go into collaborative publications? Good intent and “it’s obvious to the PI” is not enough.
Guidelines for research with Indigenous groups: Research is a dirty word for many Indigenous communities (Tuhiwai Smith, 1999) as, even when well intentioned, it often acts as a force for and accomplishment of colonialism. How do we situate ourselves in that legacy?
Community peer review: How can researchers know whether and on what terms their research might affect key communities? Community peer review is one way.
Politics of data: Every act of measurement, counting, and quantitative analysis is aligned with certain goals, priorities, research questions, and stakeholders and not others. How do we make data in a way that recognizes this and aims to do good with our choices?
Running a Feminist (or just equitable, anti-oppressive) lab meeting: How can we structure everyday meetings to foreground equity, humility, and safety?
Animal respect guidelines: What are anticolonial ways of respecting animals in research that include but exceed institutional values of replacement (of animals with non-animals), reduction (of the number of animals needed), and refinement (of studies)?
Protocols for guests: Sometimes people want to enter into the lab space to work among us in an intimate way. These arrangements require collective modes of consent and accountability. How do we do that?
Art and design at CLEAR: CLEAR aims to change scientific culture. And since art is a form of cultural expression and communication, it pays a role in that change.
Open science hardware and wetware for plastic pollution monitoring: If science is to be done differently, that means by different people than the usual suspects. They’re going to need tools.