This paper describes how research management, as a higher education institutional support structure, can help to create opportunities for researchers in the humanities to do relevant and applicable research that will have an impact on society, while maintaining the academic imperatives of excellence and quality. As a developing country, South Africa relies heavily on its higher education system to produce knowledge that can be applied to address the needs of its society. In its Research and Development Strategy (2003), the South African Government places emphasis on the important contribution the humanities can make to the well-being of its people. Furthermore, the humanities have an important contribution to evidence-based policy formulation in a developing country context. Stellenbosch University, as a leading research-driven university in SA, is presented as a case study that demonstrates how a coherent research management strategy can provide new directions for the development of research and research-related activities in the humanities. Five core elements of such a strategy are discussed; namely (i) the introduction of strategic research themes; (ii) facilitating effective networking across disciplinary boundaries; (iii) research capacity building; (iv) maximizing research funding opportunities and (v) creative marketing.
|Keywords:||Humanities, Research Management, Higher Education, Institutional Support, Networking, Research Capacity Building, Research Funding, Marketing, Policy Formulation, Developing Country, Strategic Research Themes|
Coordinator: Research (Human and Social Sciences), Dvision for Research Development, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
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