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.

Collaborating Across Disciplines



Nothing in my academic training prepared me to work with engineers – or with members of any other discipline but philosophy. From freshman year to doctorate (1961–72), I was a philosopher-in-training. My specializations were political theory, moral theory, and philosophy of law (which were then still more or less a single field). Most of what I knew of social-science research, I learned from courses in philosophy of science. I could not have imagined why a philosopher would do any empirical research, much less interdisciplinary empirical research. I had, of course, heard about philosophers receiving grants, but had been taught nothing about how to apply for them. If I were today designing a doctoral programme in philosophy, it would include much my training ...

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