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.

Considering Ethics for Social Science Research

Michelle K.McGinn


As is evident from the various chapters of this handbook, the role of a research team leader is complex. One particularly challenging aspect of this management role involves contemplating and responding to the various ethical issues associated with undertaking research. This chapter presents a range of ethical issues that may arise in social science research, drawing particular attention to the challenges of collaborative research that cross disciplinary, cultural, and national boundaries.

Research team leaders have responsibilities to research participants, research team members, and institutions or regulatory bodies. In this chapter, I introduce these various responsibilities and explore particular ethical considerations for different research populations and for different research approaches in the social sciences. Key considerations from the chapter are ...

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