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.

Exchanging Knowledge in the Humanities and Social Sciences



Having spent over 25 years working in the university sector in the UK, I have been continually involved in the way in which research evolves, as both an intellectual pursuit as well as a practice-based orientation in academia. In that time I have witnessed shifts and changes in the academy that have not only shaped the nature of scholarship, but also brought about an intrinsic and overt relationship with the world outside. As a Dean of Research with oversight across the disciplines and support departments, I have been acutely involved in this debate in my own institution and nationally. In an ever growing dynamic between academic and administrative ‘tribes’ I have been extremely lucky to not only ...

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