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Ms Fabiana Barros de Barros

PhD Candidate

Fabiana started her PhD candidature at the LH Martin Institute in mid-2012. She holds a Masters degree in Higher Education Policy and Management from the European Masters in Higher Education (a Erasmus Mundus labelled program), which was jointly offered by the University of Oslo (Norway), the University of Tampere (Finland) and the University of Aveiro (Portugal). She holds a Bachelor degree from the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil.

Fabiana has several years of professional experience in university and research management, including on the design and management of international collaborative projects, university capacity building and professional development of university managers and leaders in developing countries. She has experience in university fundraising through international organisations and public programs to support projects research, internationalisation and mobility projects. Fabiana has also worked in the European Union’s “Community Research and Development Information Service” (CORDIS) as a trainee.

Research interest

Her current research interest and work at the LH Martin Institute examines the leadership and management of R&D and innovation. Her research focuses on particular types of R&D organisations (ARC Centres of Excellence and Cooperative Research Centres henceforward CoE) that were initiated by public policies aiming at raising the scientific profile and producing technological innovations in areas of national priority. Such funding schemes generate research centres with very unique characteristics: they are generally interdisciplinary and bring together key stakeholders (particularly academic and industrial researchers, businesses and government) from both private and public sectors.  Such research teams tackle large-scale problems in areas that are regarded as critical for national economic prosperity, health and climate challenges, etc. They are carried out over longer time-frames than traditional projects and are supported by significant public grants which are matched by participating stakeholders involved in every consortium.

Most of these centres are approved to receive public funds and operate on the basis of very sophisticated business and research plans that outline the work to be carried out, the involvement of each partner organisation and how the centre will address policy goals. Impact and the delivery of expected goals in specific time-frames is critical for the survival and funding continuation of CoE. Technological development and other innovation-related initiatives (such as commercialisation and technology transfer) are often implemented through separate legal entities. All these factors combined pose several challenges and point to the need of strong leadership and management approaches that can blend the diversity in terms of stakeholders’ styles and expectations and leverage resources in the most optimal way.

The study aims to investigate what are the key organisational elements of CoE and contribute to the understanding of how leadership and management can drive CoE effectiveness.

Selected publications

OECD Project report
Barros, F. (2013) Centres of Excellence as a Tool for Capacity Building. A case study of Australia. OECD Programme on Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development (IHERD).

Meek, L. & Olsson, A. (Eds). (2013). Effectiveness of research and Innovation management at policy and institutional levels. OECD Programme on Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development (IHERD).

Book contributions
SAFIRO (2009). “Case Studies for the Management of University Internationalisation” (original title in Spanish: Casos Prácticos para la Gestión de la Internacionalización en Universidades”). SAFIRO II Project - Self Financing Alternatives for International Relations Offices II” funded by the European Union ALFA Program.

PIHE (2007) Practices and Trends for the Internationalisation and Cooperation between EU and LA Universities. (Original title in Spanish: “Prácticas y Tendencias para la Internacionalización y la Cooperación entre Universidades de América Latina y Unión Europea”). PIHE Project (Partnerships for Internationalisation of Higher Education) funded by the European Union ALFA Program.

Refereed Conference Paper
Barros, F. & Uruena, R. (2007). PIHE Network: Best Practice Guide on University Cooperation between Europe and Latin America. In: International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED), 2007 ISBN: 978-84-611-4516-4 International Academy of Technology, Education and Development (IATED). Valencia, Spain.

E: fabiana.barros@unimelb.edu.au
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