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Eight Problems with Literature Reviews and How to Fix Them

24/02/2021 15:00 16:00

MRI Anniversary Lecture

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Free, registration required.

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This event is the first in the MRI Anniversary Lecture Series, celebrating 20 years since the MRI Coordination Office was founded in 2001. This series aims to showcase MRI synthesis workshop research and build capacity in the mountain research community.

Invited speaker Neal Haddaway is a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute and a Humboldt Experienced Research Fellow at the Mercator Research Institute in Berlin. He works on various projects involving evidence synthesis in environmental and development topics. His research interest focuses on the provision of reliable evidence for policy and practice decision-making and increasing transparency in environmental management.

Literature reviews vary in their rigour, from those that select a few well-known papers, to ‘systematic reviews’ that should be conducted according to best practices and minimum standards and aim to minimise the risk of bias and maximise accuracy. In this presentation, Neal will introduce different types of literature review and how the chosen methods affect the rigour of the outputs. Eight major problems with traditional approaches to literature reviews will be summarised (plus a bonus one!) and Neal will explain ways to fix them. The presentation is relevant to anyone wanting to have a reliable overview of a topic or answer to a specific question across an evidence base.


Date: 24 February 2021 | Time: 15:00-16:00 CET | Location: Online

  • Welcome & Introduction | MRI
  • Eight problems with literature reviews and how to fix them | Neal Haddaway, SEI
  • Q&A 

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MRI 20 logo RGBIn order to participate, please complete the registration form below by 22 February 2021. Registrants will receive a Zoom webinar link and passcode prior to the lecture. 

Please note that spaces for this event are limited, and you may be placed on a waiting list if registration capacity is exceeded. For any questions, please contact the MRI at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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