Date: 27th October, 2020
Time: 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT TIME | 12:00 PM – 16:00 PM UAE TIME
4 Hours Webinar
Webinar Fee : 99 USD
The Covid-19 pandemic has introduced all sorts of new challenges for researchers in the form of unanticipated disruptions to scheduling and the need to using technology to meet and collect data. The changes that we have made as a result of the pandemic can be of enormous benefit in the future provided we are able to incorporate them into research planning and management in a coherent fashion.
However, perhaps the most important lesson from the pandemic has involved the need for researchers to grapple with complex, unbounded problems. Covid-19 is a problem not only involving the need to explore the impact of the virus on the human body but also to investigate the impact of measures intended to contain its spread on all areas of social and economic activity. As we have seen, addressing Covid-19 requires approaches which look at a problem from multiple perspectives in different disciplines to ensure that all its aspects receive attention.
Covid-19 is but one example of what the literature calls a ‘wicked’ problem – a problem that is complex, ill-defined and unbounded. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is likely that we will face more of these types of problems and this will require the development of the capacity to address them.
This four-hour interactive webinar will explore challenges and opportunities for those managing and leading research in institutions and for anyone interested in enhancing their own capacity as researchers. It will do this by discussing how ‘interdisciplinary’ could become ‘a new normal’ and what we can do to develop capacity to work in this way as researchers. In addition, the webinar will offer an opportunity to engage in a guided and supported discussion with colleagues from a range of locations about, for example, the way they have used technology to allow research to continue over recent months and the way it can continue to be used productively in the future.
By the end of the webinar participants should be able to:
- Understand the dynamics of complex, unbounded problems requiring research.
- Identify the implications of such problems for research design, planning and management.
- Identify the benefits and downsides of the use of technology in different kinds and stages of research.
- Identify the implications of project research for funding and funding management.
- Manage and lead research teams more effectively.
- The nature of ‘wicked problems’.
- The implications of ‘wicked problems’ for research design.
- The dynamics of team work involving members from multiple disciplines.
- Leadership of research teams.
- Writing proposals for the funding of project research.
Anyone involved in managing, leading or driving research in institutions of higher education.
- Research managers and directors
- Deans & Heads of Departments
- Academics interested in developing their own research capacity.
Prof. Christine Mary Boughey, South Africa
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic & Student Affairs, Rhodes University, South Africa