What is a PROBLEM in a research project?

This is the craziest presentation we’ve ever made! (You will see why). In this presentation, we explain what is a PROBLEM in a research project. The inspiration for this presentation comes from the resistance many people have to the word PROBLEM, without fully understanding its meaning in academic research. We situate problems in research projects, that is, within specific logics of enquiry and theoretical frameworks that lead to specific research questions and methodologies.

It is important that you describe the PROBLEM at the outset of your research project or presentation. You need to indicate to the audience what are the issues you want to tackle, or what is it you want to KNOW! It is also important that you clarify WHY THIS PROBLEM IS RELEVANT. Why is it worth your (and everybody else’s) attention.

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