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Confronting Wicked Problems in the Research Process

Research and Professional Development Brown Bag Session

David DuBois, PhD

Professor of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health
Associate Director, Institute for Health Research and Policy

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Noon to 1 p.m.
IHRP's 5th floor conference room

561 Westside Research Office Bldg.
1747 W. Roosevelt Road

Wicked problems are generally understood to be social or cultural problems that are difficult or even seemingly impossible to solve because of various obstacles and constraints. This concept can also be applied to the types of conceptual and pragmatic challenges that are routinely encountered in the research process. In community-engaged research in particular, wicked problems often may arise due to competing perspectives, needs, and values among the multiple stakeholder groups involved (e.g., funders, IRBs, scientific collaborators, community advisory groups).

This session will be an informal and open discussion of wicked problems encountered in community-engaged research, with all encouraged to bring their challenges (and, if available, solutions!) to enrich the dialogue.

The IHRP Research and Professional Development Series is held each month on the third Wednesday. Organized by Dr. DuBois, these sessions are intended primarily for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers at the Institute for Health Research and Policy. However, all are welcome.