Research Leadership Development Consortium: Visualising Yourself As A Research Leader

Date(s) - 25/01/2024 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Research Leadership Development Consortium

Online Seminar Series 2023-25


‘Visualising Yourself as a Research Leader’

25 January 2024 (14.00-15.30 GMT) – online via Zoom

Following on from our successful inaugural event, we would like to invite you to attend a roundtable discussion which brings together four experienced research leaders to explore how colleagues might visualise themselves as research leaders, whether in formal institutional roles or more generally as part of their current activity. Panel members will share openly and honestly their stories of becoming research leaders and the lessons they have learned along the way.

The key theme is that there is no single identikit model of how a research leader should look and behave – all research colleagues have the potential to contribute towards creating diverse, inclusive and successful research environments through effective and authentic leadership.

The session will be informal and interactive, with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

Panel: Professor Caroline Gatrell (University of Liverpool), Professor Steve Johnson (Leeds Trinity University), Professor Mark Rhodes (Leeds Beckett University) and Professor Martyna Sliwa (Durham University).


About the Panel:

Professor Caroline Gatrell joined University of Liverpool Management School in October 2016 and her role within ULMS is Deputy Dean, Accreditation and Faculty; previously within ULMS she was Associate Dean, Research. Caroline’s research centres on work, family and health and she has previously been awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to explore the relationships between fathers and the work-family interface, drawing upon the lenses of gender and the body. Her research is published in social science and management journals including: Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies; Academy of Management Perspectives; Human Relations; Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Business Ethics, British Journal of Management; Gender, Work and Organization; Social Science and Medicine; International Journal of Management Reviews, and International Journal of Human Resource Management. Caroline is the General Editor for the Journal of Management Studies. She is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. In 2020, Caroline was awarded the British Academy of Management Research Medal.

Professor Steve Johnson is Professor of Business and Innovation at Leeds Trinity University. His research interests focus on the economic and social role of entrepreneurship and SMEs, and the effectiveness of public policies towards entrepreneurship, employment, skills and economic development. Steve has an extensive track record of academic and applied research, consultancy, teaching and research leaderships, having held positions as Associate Dean in three UK business schools and Director of a small economic and policy consultancy. Steve has worked with and advised many local, national and international organisations, including the European Commission, OECD, the World Bank, the governments of Poland and South Africa and several UK government departments and agencies.

In recent years, Steve’s work has focused on understanding the relationship between research, policy and practice, and exploring how the quality and impact of research can be better evaluated and rewarded. He has presented and published this work in several outlets, including Evidence and Policy, Studies in Higher Education, the British Academy of Management and the Chartered Association of Business Schools. Steve is a Board member of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) and a member of the Research Committee of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS).

Professor Mark Rhodes is Head of Subject for the Economics, Analytics and International Business Subject Group at Leeds Business School. Mark obtained his doctorate from The University of Manchester (UMIST) in 1995 and his main research interest is in the area of empirical financial economics. Recent work has examined the interdependence of spot and futures markets for coffee and spreads in equity markets . He is also interested in the determination of price and market structure in retail financial markets. A second research stream is the analysis of international investment decisions. This includes the location decisions of international retailers and the cross border transfer of corporate knowledge. In addition to presenting research findings at national and international academic conferences Mark has also presented at trade and regulatory bodies including the Financial Services Authority, the International Coffee Organisation and Postcomm.

Professor Martyna Sliwa is Professor of Business Ethics and Organisation Studies as well as Associate Dean for Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability at Durham University Business School. She joined Durham University in January 2022. Martyna has been actively involved in editorial work for a range of journals and currently serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Management Learning. She is strongly committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in universities, and in particular in business schools. Since July 2020, she has been the Vice Chair of the British Academy of Management for Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity. Her research adopts an interdisciplinary, qualitative, humanities- and social sciences-based approach to studying management, organisations and the processes of organising. She is particularly interested in the multifaceted forms, intersections and implications of organisational diversity in the context of internationalisation and globalisation. Martyna’s teaching and supervision expertise covers a range of areas associated with business ethics and sustainability, management and organisation studies, and international management.

About the Consortium

The aim of the Research Leadership Development Consortium is to organise development events that strengthen and support research leadership in the social sciences. Leadership development activities are designed to support social science researchers in an increasingly interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral and fast-changing landscape. Our objective is to explore enablers and opportunities for professional connectivity, impactful networking, quality research co-production, mentorship and capacity building.

Who should attend?

Anyone who is responsible for (or will be in the near future) leading research centres, teams or projects.

Benefits of Attending

Hear from a panel of senior academics with a vast amount of experience in managing and leading research groups, teams and projects. Share best practice and ideas in a supportive and non-judgemental space. Although seminars are organised with a panel, they are designed to be engaging and interactive and not ‘lectures’. We welcome your feedback as this helps us to improve our programme going forward.


***SEMINAR SCHEDULE (Dates to be confirmed)***

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Date: May 2024

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Date: July 2024

Title: Providing Research Leadership for Transformative Change


Date: September 2024

Title: Developing and Leading an Inclusive and Supportive Research Culture


Date: November 2024

Title: Interdisciplinary Research Leadership


Date: January 2025

Title: Becoming a Global Research Leader


Date: March 2025

Title: Impact and Engagement in Research Leadership


Date: May 2025

Title: Reflectivity and Resilience in Research Leadership