The combination of global financial, health and climate crises in the 21st century brought both threats and opportunities for the international research community. Today, scientists are being actively encouraged to collaborate on an unprecedented scale across cultural and disciplinary boundaries to find and deliver solutions to these societal challenges.
This insightful How to guide is expertly crafted to assist mid-career academic and non-academic researchers in preparing for new and innovative ways of working in international multidisciplinary environments. Drawing on illustrative case studies by experienced researchers, the guide aims to improve understanding of, and responses to, the multifaceted challenges involved in managing an ever more complex research process, from applications for funding, team building, research design and methods, to engagement with diverse stakeholders, internal and external communications and dissemination. The book offers project managers, coordinators and team members specialised advice on developing strategies to bridge what are often deep-seated disciplinary and cultural divides.
By demonstrating how to implement effective integrated approaches to the design and delivery of high-quality, high-value research across disciplines, sectors, and societies, this engaging How to guide will be an essential resource for career researchers seeking lessons from experienced managers of international multidisciplinary research projects.
'It is the unique blend of theoretical analysis and practical case studies that makes this guide an essential tool for mid-career and more established researchers as they prepare to manage, coordinate or participate in the development and delivery of complex international multidisciplinary collaborative research projects, which are essential in tackling global societal challenges.'
– Dave Filipović-Carter, Education-Training Ltd
'Multidisciplinarity is an open challenge and researchers are engaging with funders' demands in a multitude of ways. This guide presents relevant and interesting case studies as well as an overview about changes in the management of complex projects. It will be a valuable companion for a systemic approach to international multidisciplinary research development.'
– Gabi Lombardo, Director of the European Alliance for SSH
'At a time when competition for research funding is becoming ever-more intense, this How to guide provides a unique contribution to the training literature for early and mid-career researchers embarking on international multidisciplinary projects. Expert scrutiny of the many stages in this complex research process, supported by practical case studies, offers valuable lessons from real-life experience.'
– Judith Phillips, University of Stirling, UK
'Few research careers are nowadays confined within national boundaries. But insufficient attention continues to be devoted to preparing early and mid-career researchers for work in international multidisciplinary environments. This How to guide fills an important gap in the training literature by demonstrating how the necessary skills can be learnt both through dedicated and on-the-job training.'
– Ulrich Hilpert, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
'The wide mix of cultural and disciplinary backgrounds of contributors to this How to guide illustrates the complexity of the task of managing small and large-scale research projects designed to tackle global societal challenges. The lessons drawn from real-life experiences will be invaluable for mid-career and more established researchers.'
– Ashley Thomas Lenihan, Georgetown University, US
Contributors: Jabir Alshehabi Al-Ani, Simon Batchelor, Julia Brannen, Ed Brown, Ben Campbell, Jon Cloke, John Connolly, Joni Cook, Nicole Denier, Emmanouil Detsis, Lei Ding, Karen Duke, Linda Hantrais, Minna van Gerven, Fiona Henriquez, Shenggang Hu, Yang Hu, Karen D. Hughes, Andrew Hursthouse, Ron Iphofen, Bei Jiang, Linglong Kong, Alla Konnikov, Aygen Kurt-Dickson, Tuuli Malava, Merita Mesiäislehto Rebecca O'Connell, Tiina Randma-Liiv, Irina Rets, Peppi Saikku, Long Seng To, Monideepa Tarafdar, Betsy Thom, Antje Wiener, Dengdeng Yu.
Edited by Linda Hantrais, Professor Emerita of European Social Policy, Department of International Relations, Politics and History, Loughborough University and Visiting Professor, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.