Routes into research management and administration

Madhuri Dutta, Cristina Oliveira, Melinda Fischer, Simon Kerridge

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This chapter presents results from the 'How I Became a Research Manager and Administrator' (HIBARMA) section of the 2022 Research Administration as a Profession (RAAAP-3) global survey of Research Managers and Administrators (RMAs). Here we focus on routes into the profession, the skills that were useful in gaining that first RMA role and the career satisfaction of individuals. In addition, we look at some of the qualitative feedback from the survey questions to present an overall picture of the variety of backgrounds and routes that can lead people to the field of RMA. Finally, illustrative vignettes highlight the diversity of routes into the profession and some common themes attracting professionals to 'the best job of all' (Andreson, 2016)-Research Management and Administration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Emerald Handbook of Research Management and Administration Around the World
EditorsSimon Kerridge, Susi Poli, Mariko Yang-Yoshihara
Place of PublicationLeeds
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80382-701-8, 978-1-80382-703-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-80382-702-5
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2023


  • Career
  • Career satisfaction
  • Profession
  • Role
  • Routes into the profession
  • Skills


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