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.

What are the benefits of collaborating and engaging?

What are the benefits of collaborating and engaging?

In this chapter you are invited to consider:

  • The kinds of people who undertake collaborative and engagement work
  • The key skills that doctoral and postdoctoral researchers can gain from being involved in this work
  • What you might learn as a result of getting involved
  • Some of the main personal and professional benefits for researchers

We also invite doctoral supervisors, Principal Investigators (PIs) and stakeholders to consider:

  • Some of the benefits that might accrue to them
  • How they can support and facilitate the benefits of involvement for researchers

In this chapter we apply a professional development approach to explore what researchers can learn from collaborating and engaging with others, and how personal and professional benefit can be leveraged ...

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