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.

Mobilizing and Disseminating Research Findings Through Informal Mechanisms

Anil B.Deolalikar


In order to have an impact on society, research has to reach a much larger audience than researchers alone. The audience for most research journals and reports is normally limited to other academics and researchers. While such an audience may get the researcher more citations and recognition within the academy, it will not necessarily lead to a wider impact of his or her research on society. The academy is a relatively small community (although it may not seem so to most academics), and it is not always well-connected to society. But academic research certainly has the potential of very significant – indeed transformative – impacts on society and on people's lives.

A good example of academic research ...

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