Profiles of Remote Researchers
We're looking for dedicated ethical consumers worldwide, who have an interest in and a good understanding of some of the issues covered by Ethical Consumer’s research. We follow hundreds of ethical issues daily, across four broad criteria; Animals, Environment, People and Politics. Your research focus can be as specific or as broad as you like. Whether your passion is for animal rights or Arctic drilling, we’d love you to be involved!
Here are two people that are currently part of the project:
Kirsten Ogilvie - Edinburgh, Scotland.
She has worked as a Veterinary Nurse, as IT support for Vets and is now Practice Manager of threeVeterinary Practices.
Kirsten enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music- especially jazz, photography, gardening, and vintage clothing. She has a special interest in herbal medicine and is passionate about environmental and social justice issues.
What Kirsten says about being part of the Remote Research Group:
“I enjoy researching subjects I’m interested in, so being a Remote Research Member gives me the opportunity to put it to good use and interact with like-minded people who wish to make a difference. I hope by being part of Ethical Consumer we can promote a more environmentally sustainable, socially just society and empower people to make more informed choices regarding what and who they buy from and the effect that has on our society. “
Tamsin Pearson - Kinross-shire, Scotland.
Her apparently eclectic but secretly cunning academic background in Mathematics, Ecology and Cognitive Psychology, and her career history of training in retail, IT and Environmental Science, were eventually revealed as Ecopsychology. What sort of new fangled nonsense is that? Well, thank you for asking: it's the study of human psychological dysfunctions arising from our disconnection from nature, and ways to reconnect to achieve sustainable behaviour. Some of it lines up awfully well with Ethics and Consumption. Marvellous.
What Tamsin says about being part of the Remote Research Group:
“I spend about five hours per week browsing news articles, serving the dual purpose of mining entries for the Ethical Consumer database and informing my writing. I tend to focus on environmental issues and wildlife conservation to avoid People – I take being 'remote' seriously… Writing entries, submitting them and fiddling with the technology takes another hour per week.
I’ve learned a lot from this Ethical Consumer business already – from the site, the research and the group: where to sell books, sustainable fishing methods, how to write more clearly. The Remote Research Group suits me well as I don’t miss the fairground of the conventional bustling office workplace.
That's all lovely, but why don’t I have a proper job you might ask? Curses. Well, health issues unfortunately limit my travels and, frankly, my ability to remain upright, so this role is an ideal combination of tasks I can do, values I care about, flexible working, opportunity to contribute, and professional direction I’d like to take. Dandy.”