About the project

Many issues in UK universities have all the hallmarks of being “wicked problems”: complex, hard to solve issues that stakeholders perceive in very different ways. Leadership has to be different in such contexts. A new wicked problem for universities that has emerged in the last few years is what to do about improving research data management (RDM).

The aim of the Wicked ways project is to bring together a network of those involved in tackling the wicked RDM problem in different institutions and through an iterative, reflective and participative process construct an open educational resource about leadership in wicked problem contexts. This resource will be freely available to the wider UK HEI community and help promote the understanding of the wicked problem concept. The process will also itself help to create a supportive community of practice for participants.

The collaborators in creating the learning resource are drawn from the various stakeholders in RDM: researchers, research administrators, IT professionals, librarians and record managers – and facilitated by the Sheffield Information School. They will be drawn largely but not exclusively from the White Rose Consortium partners, the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York (previously partners in RDMRose project). As people currently engaged in addressing this wicked problem space, they will have immediate experiences to reflect on and opportunities to try out ideas in practice.

Project lead:

  • Andrew Cox (University of Sheffield)

Project Research Assistant:

  • Eddy Verbaan (University of Sheffield)

Steering committee:

  • Liz Waller (University of York)
  • Mike Mertens (Research Libraries UK)