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Durham University

Research & business

Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


DEI Online Seminar Series: Wicked Problems - Traversing the Unknown Unknowns

17th June 2020, 13:00 to 14:00, Via Zoom, Professor Joanna Berry

Sometimes we are faced with problems, big or small, which have no one clear solution. Single approaches can fix part of the problem, or sometimes even make it worse. How can we use thinking and learning to interrogate ‘wicked problems’ like climate change, human rights, and the situation we are all in now with Covid-19? To register for this seminar, please visit EventBrite.

Dr Joanna Berry takes us on an introductory tour of Problem Based Learning (PBL). Join us on a learning experience to find out more about this system and how we can apply it to the world we face.

As well as Associate Professor (Entrepreneurship) at Durham University Business School, Joanna is Co-Director (Business, Enterprise and Innovation) of Durham University's Durham Energy Institute ("DEI"). She is Winner of the Durham University Enhancing Learning and Teaching: Digital and Online Learning Award 2019-20. Joanna is a Board member of the Social Acumen Community Trust (where she focuses on community businesses and social enterprise), and a Board member for the NorthEast LEP "ScaleUp NorthEast" programme (where she is advising companies across the NorthEast LEP geography and in most industrial sectors, to help them scale and succeed). She was Regional Chair for the Chartered Institute of Marketing for 7 years and until April 2020 is Regional Vice-Chair for the Institute of Directors' North East and Yorkshire branch.

Joanna's professional experience runs from her Oxford University law degree in 1985 and encompasses not only law (mostly company and contract, practiced in South Africa from 1985 to 1987) but also science, creativity and technology. These interests are underpinned by significant and long term exposure to new developments in media, marketing and advertising. Joanna's entrepreneurial spirit is underpinned by a deep and broad range of regional, national and international corporate and public sector contacts which she builds into her day to day activities in HE and external relations. Her MBA dissertation (Newcastle University) focused on the impact of broadband connectivity on the TV industry, and her PhD - also at Newcastle - took this one step further, looking into the impact of technology on the music industry's business models and value chains.

Her current research and teaching interests encompass Problem Based Learning, innovation, entrepreneurship, big data, ageing and health and the digital/creative industries. She has a particular emphasis on supporting the 'women in STEM' agenda in a variety of ways. She works closely with the External Relations team and undertakes a wide variety of public and media activities on behalf of the School.

She is winner of the Scotland, Yorkshire and NorthEast Public Sector/Academia/Not for Profit Category of the 2019 Forward Ladies Awards. She was delighted to achieve a position on the Northern Power Women Power List 2020 and is a member of the NPW Newcastle Power Circle.

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