Research Ethics Committee at the Department of Economics

The Committee reviews whether a project is carried out in accordance with relevant national and international policies and guidelines on research ethics.

The Ethics Committee only deals with applications that involve the collection of primary data, and not with applications that rely solely on administrative data and are processed on servers hosted by Statistics Denmark. This is because Statistics Denmark's standards are in compliance with the GDPR. Furthermore, Statistics Denmark requires that data projects stored at their servers are socially relevant, and has introduced strict need-to-know principles for data analysis, as well as anonymization rules that ensure the anonymity of individual citizens and companies.

Ethical reviews are issued by the Committee for colleagues at the department who are responsible or has a major role in a project.


Start by reading Guidelines for researchers applying for approval of research projects at The Faculty of Social Sciences’ Research Ethics Committee.

Next, you fill out the word form Research Ethics Checklist, and finally attach relevant appendices.

We can also recommend reading the Guidelines for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Law and Theology or Ethical Guidelines for Internet Research, The Norwegian National Research Ethics Committees, Oslo 2016.

You send your application for an ethical review to the committee using the e-mail address

The application must be written in English.

The manager and chairman meets every Friday in uneven weeks and screens incoming applications and follows up on ongoing applications and questions. 

The committee meets every 3 months and applications will be processed at the forthcoming meeting. You can thus expect some months' processing time.

Application deadlines and meetings

Application deadline
Committee meeting
24 April 2024 3 May 2024
2 September 2024 9 September 2024