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.

Incorporating Gender and Diversity

LutMergaert and MaximeForest


This chapter will promote greater awareness among research managers about the added value that can be created by a gender-sensitive approach to research management. In our understanding, a gender-sensitive approach involves: attention to the inclusion and equal promotion of women within research teams (the ‘women's question’ in science); consideration of the relevance of sex and gender to the subject of the research itself; and the impact of gendered views on knowledge production. Although statistics on women's involvement in science1 have regularly drawn attention to their under-representation, especially in research and academic management, the gendered structure of knowledge production remains subject to controversy, as it challenges the fundamental premise of scientific neutrality – that science produces observer-independent knowledge of an ...

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