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New Book Offers Research Leadership Help & Inspiration

The SAGE Handbook of Research Management

The SAGE Handbook of Research Management is a unique tool for the newly promoted research leader, in any discipline or country. Throughout the social sciences and humanities, larger-scale projects are becoming more common, housed in centers, institutes, and programs. 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.

Coedited by the SSRC’s executive director, Mary Byrne McDonnell, with sociologist Robert Dingwall, this new handbook brings together a global group of contributors to consider the challenges they have encountered in the course of their careers and provoke readers to think about how they might respond within their own contexts. Editorial commentaries extend the volume’s potential use in support of training events or workshops where groups of emerging leaders can explore together the issues confronting them. Chapters by SSRC staff include “Getting Funded for the First Time,” “Developing and Managing Budgets,” “Supporting Management with Technology,” “Organizing and Managing Research,” and “Crafting Strategic Events to Strengthen Research Outputs and Disseminate Results.” The experience and expertise of past and present committee members, board members, and fellows are also represented. [For a 50 percent discount, use promotional code UK15AF27.]

In Council News

You can still register to attend our upcoming summit on "Knowledge," to be held November 5 on the Stanford University campus. Copresented with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (CASBS), the summit will bring together some of the world’s top social and behavioral scientists in discussion with leaders in industry, media, and the community to consider three central questions: How do we produce knowledge? How do we disseminate it? How are we transforming the very nature of knowledge itself? Keynote speakers will be Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, and former SSRC president and CASBS fellow Kenneth Prewitt, now Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, director of the Future of Scholarly Knowledge project, and special advisor to the president at Columbia University. Board member John Seely Brown, independent cochairman of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge, will serve as interlocutor for panels on the “Future of Agency.” SSRC president Ira Katznelson and board member Margaret Levi, director of CASBS, will offer closing remarks. [Register to attend, with a 20 percent discount code: CASBS15SSRC.]

Social Science After Hours, a new series of opportunities for friends and fellows of the Council to meet staff in a casual setting and learn about the newest work coming out of SSRC programs, will open the evening of November 10 in Manhattan with a presentation by Measure of America of its recently launched project, DATA2GO.NYC, a free, dynamic mapping tool to easily visualize and analyze well-being and inequality in New York City. [RSVP to attend.]

The Decent City initiative has added new essays to its digital collection The Cities Papers that explore the theme of big data, including a contribution by board member Edward Glaeser on “Unhappiness and Urban Decline.”

Measure of America’s Sarah Burd-Sharps and Andrew Garon participated in the Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange 2015 in New York City, an initiative to connect data scientists in academia and industry with the NGO, public-sector, and nonprofit partners who can benefit most from applied data science.

Measure of America released with Opportunity Nation the 2015 installment of the Opportunity Index, a unique interactive online tool that provides an annual snapshot of the economic, educational, and civic opportunities available to Americans at the state and county levels. This year’s index reveals an increase in poverty and income inequality across the nation despite other postrecession gains.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research shared the results of a Katrina Task Force investigation in a new report, Get to the Bricks: The Experiences of Black Women from New Orleans Public Housing after Hurricane Katrina.

Findings from a joint SSRC report with the American Civil Liberties Union, Silenced: How Nuisance Ordinances Punish Crime Victims in New York, supported a USA Today opinion piece by Sandra S. Park, a senior attorney for the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, that calls for cities to reject nuisance laws, which endanger domestic violence victims and in particular women of color.

Education Research Program director Richard Arum spoke with Inside Higher Ed on the preliminary results of a faculty-designed rubric to measure student learning outcomes, an initiative led by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and State Higher Education Executive Officers. The program’s highly influential book Academically Adrift was cited in a Newsweek opinion piece urging colleges and universities to provide more information about learning outcomes.

In a special issue of Nature on interdisciplinarity, the SSRC’s role in the development of interdisciplinary research in the early twentieth century was highlighted in an article looking at how scientists and social scientists are collaborating to solve global challenges related to energy, food, water, climate, and health.

Abe Fellowship Program senior advisor Linda Grove and committee member and fellow Sawako Shirahase (1999) shared their perspectives on the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology’s directive to national universities to abolish or reorganize humanities and social sciences departments, in an Asia-Pacific Journal overview of responses to the reform.

A Carnegie Corporation profile of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences, headed by Middle East and North Africa Program and InterAsia Program director Seteney Shami, looked at that organization’s work to support a new brand of social science rising directly from the concerns of a region in turmoil.

Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum deputy director Tatiana Carayannis chaired a roundtable on “New Area Studies in an Era of Global Transformation,” sponsored by the SSRC, at the inaugural Africa-Asia Conference in Accra, Ghana, with participants including program directors Thomas Asher and Seteney Shami and board of directors chair Mamadou Diouf.

Leon Sigal, director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project, weighed in with other experts for an OZY article discussing the growing political and economic relationship between India and North Korea.

In an analysis for the International Peace Institute’s Global Observatory, Renata Segura, associate director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, examined the justice architecture jointly released by the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla group with the aim of ending Colombia’s sixty-year civil war.

Drugs, Security and Democracy fellow Annette Idler (2012) received the Conflict Research Society’s 2015 Cedric Smith Prize, recognizing the best piece of peace and conflict research by a UK-based student, for a paper drawing on her DSD project on violent non-state actors in Colombia.

Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop participant Deokhyo Choi (2009) was awarded the Humanities Dissertation Prize at the 2015 International Convention of Asia Scholars for “Crucible of the Post-Empire: Decolonization, Race, and Cold War Politics in U.S.-Japan-Korea Relations, 1945–1952” (Cornell University).

From Our Fellows

SSRC fellows with recent publications coming out of their supported research include International Dissertation Research Fellowship fellow Matthew S. Hopper (2003), who has published Slaves of One Master: Globalization and Slavery in Arabia in the Age of Empire with Yale University Press; IDRF fellow Alexander John Thurston (2011), who authored an African Affairs article on “Muslim Politics and Shari’a in Kano State, Northern Nigeria”; and IDRF and Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship fellow Adrien Zakar (2014 and 2013), who contributed “The End of Ottoman Positivism: The Gökalp-al-Husari Debate of 1916” to the International Journal of Middle East Studies.

IDRF fellow Jacob Blanc (2014) expanded on his winning entry in the 2015 IDRF Photo Competition with the photo essay “The Faces of Itaipu: Community, Memory, and Struggle in Rural Brazil,” presented at Edge Effects, a digital project produced by the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment.

From Our Forums

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Kujenga Amani features a number of articles by APN Individual Research grantees. Peace A. Medie (2015) considers the challenges surrounding current elections in Côte d’Ivoire. Stanley Tsarwe and Admire Mare (2013) discuss findings from their APN qualitative research investigation of the media’s role in the 2008 electoral violence in Zimbabwe. And Victor Ogbonnaya Okorie (2014) draws on his long-term ethnographic study in the Niger Delta region to explain how an emergent water market is reconfiguring contours of social justice and development.

On Deadline

International Dissertation Research Fellowship
Applications Due: November 3

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa
Applications Due: November 13

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship
Applications Due: December 1

African Peacebuilding Network
Applications Due: January 15

Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology
Applications Due: January 25