Professional Development: Confronting "Wicked Problems" in the Research Process

DuBois, David. (2017, July 17). Confronting "Wicked Problems" in the Research Process [PDF of PowerPoint slides]. Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago.

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).

Dr. David DuBois facilitated this session July 17, 2017, at the Institute for Health Research and Policy as part of the Research and Professional Development Brown Bag Conversation Series.

View Dr. DuBois's presentation (PDF).