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
Achieving an Impact
These are two very common situations. Either researchers really do not know where to start in developing policy recommendations, or they have lots to say to policymakers but do not know how to get their research heard. Why does research not have the impact many researchers desired when they developed their original questions? What prevents the effective use of research in policymaking? It is clear that research often fails to make the difference that it should. It stays on the shelves, does not get debated in public fora and is not taken up in policy and practice. Research papers might have something important to say, but the ...