The purpose of the workshop is to illuminate the relationship between the type of a policy problem (tame, moderately structured, or wicked) and the choice of research instruments. Depending on the type of a policy problem, selected research instruments can assist in
- The design of solutions for tame problems;
- The analysis of alternatives and facilitation of stakeholder dialogue for moderately structured problems, and, last but not least;
- The exploration of possibilities to tackle wicked problems. Computer & Geo-information Science and Engineering students with an interest in the societal relevance of their PhD projects and Social Science students with an interest in the role of geo-information technologies in policy are invited to join.
Examples of questions we will reflect upon are:
- How can a PhD researcher in science & engineering benefit from a typology of policy problems?
- How does political and social context influence which issues become policy problems?
- How can policy problems be progressively wicked-ized or tamed and to what effect?
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