The past two decades have seen an increasing emphasis on large and interdisciplinary research configurations such as research networks, and centers of excellence including those in Social Sciences and Humanities research. Little research has been undertaken, however, to understand how these new large research structures that are being called forth by research funders and research/higher education institutions alike function socially, and what the impact of operating within such structures is on those working within, and those working with, them. Past writers have discussed the "intra-agentic" operations of human researchers and the material laboratory environment in its broadest sense. This volume is concerned with the social politics of research collaboration in relation to six key positions: leaders of large research formations, leaders of sub-projects within large collaborations, participant researchers, junior and early career researchers, advisory board members, and those who look in from the outside such as researchers who are un-funded. It explores the mostly unacknowledged but critical aspect of social structures in research, discussing issues such as struggles over leadership styles, the marginalization of researchers working cross-disciplinarily, power hierarchies and intellectual ownership, and the silencing of dissent in research.

chapter |19 pages


ByGabriele Griffin, Katarina Hamberg, Britta Lundgren

part |34 pages

Leading Large Research Structures

chapter |16 pages

Brave New World?

Leading Large Research Structures
ByBritta Lundgren

chapter |16 pages

Managing Differences

The Complexities of Leadership and Leadership Styles in Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration
ByGabriele Griffin, Katarina Hamberg

part |32 pages

Projects within Projects

part |16 pages

Participating in a Large Research Structure

chapter |14 pages

Negotiating with Neoliberal Instrumentalism

The Foreseeable and the Uncontrollable
ByAnders Johansson

part |37 pages

Being the Junior Researcher

chapter |14 pages

Young Blood

The Social Politics of Research Collaboration from the Perspective of a Young Scholar
ByMia Liinason

chapter |21 pages

At the Interstices of Disciplines

Early Career Researchers and Research Collaborations across Boundaries
ByMaria Wiklund

part |17 pages

Being an Advisory Board Member

chapter |15 pages

Critical Friends

A Contradiction in Terms?
ByGabriele Griffin

part |17 pages

Looking In from the Outside

chapter |15 pages

Boundary Work and Symbolic Capital Exchange

Knowledge Transfer in Multidisciplinary Research Revisited
ByHelena Pettersson