The Handbook of Research Management is a unique tool for the newly promoted research leader. Larger-scale projects are becoming more common throughout the social sciences and humanities, housed in centres, institutes and programmes. Talented researchers find themselves faced with new challenges to act as managers and leaders rather than as individual scholars. They are responsible for the careers and professional development of others, and for managing interactions with university administrations and external stakeholders. Although many scientific and technological disciplines have long been organized in this way, few resources have been created to help new leaders understand their roles and responsibilities and to reflect on their practice.

This Handbook has been created by the combined experience of a leading social scientist and a chief executive of a major international research development institution and funder. The editors have recruited a truly global team of contributors to write about the challenges they have encountered in the course of their careers, and to provoke readers to think about how they might respond within their own contexts.

This book will be a standard work of reference for new research leaders, in any discipline or country, looking for help and inspiration. The editorial commentaries extend its potential use in support of training events or workshops where groups of new leaders can come together and explore the issues that are confronting them.

Delivering Impact

In Part VI, we looked at the environment around the rise of the desire for social science and humanistic research to demonstrate societal value and achieve impact. We considered the reasons why the need to be relevant to real world concerns has come to the fore and some of the ways in which these policies have been expressed. The chapter authors offered both an analysis of the trends and provided guidance on building strategies of ‘Planning for Impact’ into your research projects.

While many academics feel that the ‘impact agenda’ is something imposed from the outside, the contributors to this book show that there are many reasons why it has become important, and explain why we should all care about implementing it. These issues ...

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