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.

From small beginnings: what opportunities exist internally?

From small beginnings: what opportunities exist internally?

In this chapter we invite you to consider:

  • Existing resources and opportunities within your institution
  • Leveraging the opportunities presented by research, teaching and your peers
  • Some examples and advice on how you might benefit from these opportunities
  • How you can manage the small steps and initial foray into collaborating and engaging with others

Learning to collaborate and engage with others is integral to what it means to be a researcher. Researchers who lead large collaborative projects or who engage on the global stage will all have started out as doctoral and postdoctoral researchers like you. This chapter explores some of the ways in which you can begin to ‘experiment’ and ‘play’ with collaboration and engagement within ...

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