Brainstorming Research Focus

Choosing Research Topics:

Proposed Research Topics: 

Nikisha's:
  • Excessive population growth
    • World population may grow to 8.9 billion people, with a growing demand for consumer goods and carbon-based energy, far exceeding what the planet can handle.
    • Research Focus if we chose this topic:
      • What are the possible ways to control the earth’s population? (Open ended)
      • What will happen when the population is really too much to handle? (Open ended)
  • Global health in the 21st Century
    • Can societies strike a balance between combating the dangers of viral outbreaks and pandemics, while maintaining the hopes of eradicating established diseases, such as malaria and HIV/AIDS, which continue to claim millions of lives each year?
    • Research Focus if we chose this topic:
      • Will health care be available to poorer countries in the future? C
      • As the environment in earth degrades, will the demand of healthcare be increased in the future? C
  • Education
    • How can we use education to it’s greatest to prepare children for the future, and how can we ensure that what’s taught would release their fullest potential.
    • Research Focus if we chose this topic:
      • On what topics will the education be focused on? O
      • Besides Math, English…… , do you think the international syllabus needs change to adapt to the future that these children are growing up to? C
Sean's:
  •  Big data, big impact?
    • We are living in a data explosion where we generate and consume data faster than we can keep track of and secure. This volume of new data presents us with additional challenges: what are we going to do with it? how are we unlocking its potential? and how are we making it work for society?
    • Research Focus if we chose this topic:
      • Is there a way a current way of managing this data? c
      • How can data be used to help others? o
      • How can data be used to harm others? o
      • What is being done about this data surge? o
      • Will the data explosion affect us? c
    • Most Important Question:
      • How can data be used to help others? 
      • This question is important as some data can help others. An example would be data such as weather patterns and climate change, which can be used to help farmers in third world countries. 
  • Unsustainable Fishing
    • How can we avoid the collapse of a resource that remains an essential part of food security and vital to the communities and livelihoods of half a billion people across the planet? Join our expert panel to explore this issue and put your own questions to them.
    • Research Focus if we chose this topic:
      • What are ways of preventing overfishing? o
      • Are they effective? o
      • Is there a way to artificially replenish the number of fish? c
      • Can we create a food substitute for fish that can be accepted and consumed by the general public instead of actual fish? o
      • Most Important Question:
        • Can we create a food substitute for fish that can be accepted and consumed by the general public instead of actual fish?  
        • This question is important as this could satisfy our needs for fish as well as allowing the fish population to regenerate.
  • Future of low carbon energy
    • With countries across the world working towards a low carbon future, how can global investment be encouraged to forward low carbon technologies. 
    • Research Focus if we chose this topic:
      • What kind of low carbon technologies are being proposed? o
      • What kind of economic impact will they have as they are being built and when they are generating power? o
      • Is there a way to introduce those methods with the support of the public? c
      • Most Important Question:
      • What kind of low carbon technologies are being proposed?
      • This question is important as if low carbon technologies, such as nuclear power, are proposed, they may not be accepted by the general public as it can have devastating effects on the environment if not used properly.
Ray's:
  • MASS FAMINE IN ILL-ORGANIZED COUNTRIES:
    • Farm productivity is declining. Grain will rise in cost. This will harm the poorest countries.
    • Research Focus if we chose this topic:
      • why is farming productivity declining? o
      • is there any conventional method to curb this? o
      • is there any other way to obtain food other than farming? o
  • MEDICINE AND PROLONGING LIFE
    • Research Focus if we chose this topic:
      • is there any breakthrough for prolonging life in the past 50 years? o
      • do you think humans will find a way to live substantially longer in the next decade? c
  • GROWTH OF SHANTY CITIES 
    • Shanty towns (shanty cities) with extreme violence and poverty are growing in many parts of the world. Youth there have no hope.
    • Research Focus if we chose this topic:
      • why do people have to build shanty cities?o
      • how do you think you can curb the amount of violence taking root in those cities?o
      • how do you think people can find housing as cheap as shanty houses?o
    • Most Important Questions
      • is there any conventional method to curb this? o
      • do you think humans will find a way to live substantially longer in the next decade? c
      • why do people have to build shanty cities?o
Javier's:
  • Feeding the 9 billion
    • Our global food system is under increasing strain. We need to produce and supply enough safe and nutritious food in a sustainable way to a population which is expected to rise to 9 billion by 2050. How are we meeting this challenge with new technology as well as new thinking?
      • What exactly can be done to solve this issue? Solving world-scale issues would be near impossible. Unless we can get most countries’ governors and officials in the world to support us and initiate the campaign or implement the solution in their own country, it would be difficult to help the whole world. 
      • What if it really is impossible to righten this issue?
  • Digital technology in Africa
    • How can digital technologies such as mobiles and laptops offer the countries of Africa realistic economic, educational and development opportunities.
      • Africa is a very big continent, it would cost a lot more than we can afford to help all the poorer countries and cities in Africa. 
      • And would people receive this help well? The more traditional areas might appreciate the use of technology. 
      • Is it possible to achieve this?
  • Plastic pollution in the oceans
    • Our throw away society is polluting large areas of the world's oceans with plastics, threatening marine life and food chains. How did it get there? What are the practical solutions? Is it time to re-evaluate waste as a resource?
      • How can this issue really be tackled? There is too much existing plastic in the oceans to get rid of. Sea animals and plants also have to be taken into consideration as cleaning up the garbage would be difficult to achieve without disrupting marine life. 
      • What if it really is impossible to righten this issue?
  • Most Important Questions:
    • (Feeding the 9 billion) What exactly can be done to solve this issupe? 
    • (Digital Tech) And would people receive this help well? The more traditional areas might appreciate the use of technology. 
    • (Plastic pollution) How can this issue really be tackled? 
Discussion: Pros and Cons of Open-ended

Pros of Open-ended:

  1. Wider variety of answers
  2. Able to get better answers
  3. Able to get others to think of more ideas
Cons of Open-ended:


  1. Many do not like answering open-ended questions
  2. Won’t take it seriously
  3. Wider variety of answers
  4. Unable to handle the large amounts of data
  5. Can result in redundant information
Pros of Close-Ended:

  1. Better received by interview/survey takers
  2. Easier to answer and less time consuming
  3. Answers are more specific and concise
  4. Avoiding redundant information 
  5. Easier to organise and tabulate data
Cons of Close-Ended:

  1. Limited information for each answer
  2. Options might influence people’s actual opinions
  3. May not get accurate information

CHOSEN TOPIC:

Global Healthcare

Issues Faced by Hospitals in Developing Countries:

  1. Lack of hygiene and cleanliness
  2. Lack of manpower
  3. Lack of equipment
  4. Too many patients
  5. Not enough expenses
  6. Private clinics are too expensive for poorer citizens, resulting in too many patients in hospital

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