Research funding in gambling studies: Some further observations

Abstract

This brief commentary paper provides some further observations on research funding following the editorials by both Cassidy and Blaszczynski and Gainsbury. More specifically it examines (i) whether there is any fundamental difference between research funded by the gambling industry and consultancy funded by the gambling industry, (ii) the benefits of researchers working collaboratively with the gambling industry, (iii) where to draw the line between doing something that could be perceived by others (both inside and outside the gambling field) as the gambling industry has an influence on what we do, (iv) the publishing of multi-author research papers where some of the authors may have worked directly with a gaming company while others did not, and (v) the tension between an ‘ideal world’ philosophy and ‘real world’ pragmatism when it comes to the funding of gambling research.

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