I am conducting a research trip to another country where i will meet with academics (individually and as groups), industry professionals and other experts to explore different aspects of a particular issue. The meetings will take the form of semi-structured interviews. I will be writing an article on my return analysing my findings. As the research is overseas, my University requires I go through an Ethics Approval process, which includes consideration of informed consent and of participant anonymity.
I want to keep the consent process as streamlined as possible and I am trying to determine an appropriate process that works for both industry experts and academics.
I can see that industry professionals might prefer any references I make to anything they have said to be anonymized, either to "a spokesperson for xxx company" or to "a senior industry figure" or "a customer services manager". Or they might be happy to have their contributions on the record. And academics are more likely to prefer to be named.
So, in asking for consent to record interviews and use the information for my research, do I need to ask each participant whether they want their contributions to be a) attributed or b) anonymized?
I should note that when other academics have visited my research group for discussions and to find out about our research, no one has ever asked for participants to give their consent for the discussion, and it seems odd in the context of an academic discussion.
Could I justifiably apply the consent procedure only to non-academic interviewees?