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Early- and mid-career transitions to research leadership in Africa

Mtwisha, L; Jackson, J; Mitchel, A; de-Graft Aikins, A; Kebirungi, H; Outtara, K; Viney, C; (2021) Early- and mid-career transitions to research leadership in Africa. Wellcome Open Research , 6 , Article 74. 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.16540.2. Green open access

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Abstract

This article examines the early-and mid-career transition to research leadership in Africa. Much of the available African literature on research leadership indicate several challenges related to poor conceptualisations of career transitions and gaps in the availability of research training. Qualitative data were collected using individual interviews (n=24) and focus groups (n=27) to identify key transition points of early career researchers (ECRs) and mid-career researchers (MCRs) in selected African countries. The qualitative data was complemented with quantitative survey questionnaires (n=250) and a triangulation approach was adopted to analyse the results. The findings were themed into different categories describing the common career paths, stages and challenges of research leaders. The latter part of the findings present a discussion on development approaches to attract and retain researchers in African universities. By focusing on the African continent, this study contributes to the current body of literature on research leadership in the Global South.

Type: Article
Title: Early- and mid-career transitions to research leadership in Africa
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.16540.2
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.16540.2
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Transition, early career researchers, mid-career researchers, research leadership, professional development, Africa
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10133219
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