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.

Working with Print and Online Journalism



If you are a researcher who feels at sea over how to disseminate your work through the news media, you are far from alone. The process that determines which research receives coverage may cause outsiders to recall Churchill's description of Russia: ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’. However, the gatekeepers of the mass media can be quite approachable and responsive to article suggestions from all kinds of sources, especially those in academia.

As a veteran journalist who has often covered the work of scholars, I would like to offer a few suggestions for researchers who would like to see their work enjoy a greater impact in print and online media.1 I hope my experience can be helpful ...

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