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.

Achieving an Impact

CaitlinPorter and MichaelHewitt

Introduction

Imagine this situation … A researcher finishes his/her research paper and the last thing that needs to be done is the final paragraph on policy implications or recommendations. This is the section the researcher dreads writing, but does not want it to just sit on a shelf, so he/she quickly pulls together some broad statements and wish list recommendations in relation to policy.

Or imagine this situation … A researcher looks forward to writing the policy recommendations as he/she is excited about her research and thinks policymakers should definitely be interested in what he/she has to say. So, the researcher eagerly writes down a long list of policy implications and what should be done as a result of the research. However, ...

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