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.

Managing Research in a Developing Country

Hy V.Luong


Research in a developing country is usually conducted by its own researchers, or those from the more developed parts of the world, and only rarely by researchers from other developing countries. In conducting research in a developing country, researchers from the developed world encounter opportunities in the face of economic disparities between their home base and the country of research. But they also face political constraints and major research management challenges. In this chapter, I draw upon my research experiences in Vietnam since 1987 to illustrate more general points about research opportunities and challenges in developing countries.


A research grant can go further in a developing country than in North America, Western Europe, or Japan, although in most cases, ...

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