The roles of a research administrator at a university

Loreta Tauginienė


This article reveals research management as a complex, constantly changing process faced with numerous challenges. It also addresses the importance of a research administrator in the areas of research management and research administration, underscoring the research administrator’s impact on the research culture in the institution. There is an ongoing debate on how to administer research in the context of institutional management of growing complexity, changing economic conditions and increasing political influence on research. The article emphasizes that the main roles of the research administrator are helping faculties carry out research and representation of university’s interests. However, the conditions for the implementation of research vary, new challenges and opportunities continually arise, and thus the competences of the research administrator must change to reflect these transformations: he/she must take on the roles of manager, lawyer, financier, or quasiresearcher.


research management; research administration; research culture; research administrator

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603