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.

Developing and Executing Cross-National Projects

Ivy LynnBourgeault, YvonneJames and CorinnePacker


Although most research still focuses on particular national contexts, there are increasing opportunities and incentives to undertake cross-national research projects, particularly with support and encouragement from both national and international funding agencies. Many of us are invited to join or initiate cross-national collaborations, and the increasing impact of globalization creates a policy imperative for research of this kind (Livingstone 2003). In this chapter, we focus on the advantages – but also the unique challenges – of research that crosses national boundaries. This is not only a matter of different organizational, professional and governance cultures (cf., Ackers 1999) but also of spatial and geographical logistics. It is, then, surprising that so little literature has been devoted to ...

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