The Profession of Research Management and Administration in Denmark

John Westensee, Annedorte Vad, Olaf Svenningsen, Jan Andersen

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The creation of the research management and administration (RMA) profession in a small country is probably well exemplified by the development of the Danish Association of Research Managers and Administrators (DARMA). Many external factors in Denmark are similar to other European countries (like the growth of research, international cooperation, and competitive funding for research). The crucial point is how universities and especially staff react to the need for development and professionalisation. It takes committed and visionary individuals to kick-start the movement. Equally important is the buy-in and engagement from many colleagues necessary to make real change. This can only happen by finding enough volunteers to build and run a professional society. Furthermore, international networking and conference participation is crucial to get relevant inspiration for this development. The next step for a society like DARMA is to move towards a commonly recognised job function or title. This could also mean certification or at least a comprehensive, national training programme.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Emerald Handbook of Research Management and Administration Around the World
EditorsSimon Kerridge, Susi Poli, Mariko Yang-Yoshihara
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)9781803827025
ISBN (Electronic)9781803827018, 9781803827032
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Denmark
  • NUAS
  • Professionalisation
  • Research management and administration


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