This manual provides a framework to strategically think about and practice collaboration with others within and outside various disciplines. Aware of the different approaches in accordance with discipline, gender, and career goals, through case studies from lived experiences, the editors have compiled guidelines on: • How to start, build and maintain collaborative networks with diverse audiences, • The opportunities that exist internally and externally to networks, • How to resolve conflicts, overcome resistance, and build trust and confidence. With a wide scope in both content and reach, this book is a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners and their supporters alike, particularly those who are looking to engage with various audiences such as individuals, institutions, private companies, and governments.

Why collaborate and engage with others?

Why collaborate and engage with others?

In this chapter we invite you to consider:

  • What we mean by collaboration and engagement in this book
  • Why collaborating and engaging with others matters to researchers
  • A rationale for why you should get involved early on
  • Collaborative working and engagement within historical and contemporary contexts
  • Four key areas where researchers may encounter collaborations and engagement
  • What might be gained in general from getting involved in collaborations and/or engagement with others

This chapter sets the scene for the chapters that follow and lays the foundation for the remainder of the book. Throughout the book we address, both directly and indirectly, how collaboration and engagement inspire innovative and impactful research, and how this activity is beneficial to researchers, the people who ...

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