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.

Surviving and Progressing as a Research Fellow

SarahDyer and KateWeiner


Social scientists do not apply for research grants or nurture collaborative networks in order to become managers, and are often reluctant to see themselves as such. In this chapter, we review the role that a principal investigator (PI) takes on in a project which employs research fellows. We shall discuss terminology at more length, but, briefly, by ‘research fellow’, we mean someone who has postgraduate training and experience, often a PhD, but does not have a permanent or tenured contract of employment with a university or research centre. Research fellows are usually employed for the duration of a particular project under the direction of the PI. They are expected to be capable of a degree of ...

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