Managing Research Projects

Anne van Dongen*

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Project management is a valuable skill that helps you think about where you want your research project to go, what you need to get there, and how to minimise risks during the process. Unfortunately, most early career researchers do not get much training in research project management and are left to fend for them-selves. This chapter starts with useful tips about managing time by giving examples of essential project planning tools like task lists, milestones, charts, and timelines. Next, it discusses managing the research project process including administration, data management, and risk assessment. In addition, it discusses how best to manage people in your project team, from your supervisors to external stakeholders, and shares tips on preparing and chairing meetings and setting up a communication plan. Finally, this chapter emphasises the need to manage your own mental health while making the most of your research project.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSurvival Guide for Early Career Researchers
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783031107542
ISBN (Print)9783031107535
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2022


  • Communication
  • Managing People
  • Managing Process
  • Mental health
  • Planning
  • Project management
  • Time management
  • 2024 OA procedure


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