"How to Do Research and How to Be a Researcher"

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A new book by Professor Robert Stewart, Informatics Deputy Theme Lead at the BRC, offering accessible, engaging advice on how to do research has been published this month by Oxford University Press.

"How to Do Research and How to Be a Researcher" is an easy-to-read introduction for junior researchers in any field, it provides a detailed but informal consideration of the basic principles of research.

Professor Stewart has led, taught, and thought about research for more than 25 years at King’s College London and at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre. He is Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology & Clinical Informatics at the IoPPN. He is also been the academic lead for the Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) data resource since it was developed in 2007-8. Working with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust colleagues and patients, CRIS has been used to support a range of research projects from childhood to old age, and across all mental health specialties. 

Professor Stewart says:

“[How to do Research] puts the principles of research alongside some of the diverse people who have shaped them, and goes on to cover the more mundane, day-to-day components of a research career - writing, networking, looking for funding... Thank you to my academic line managers over the years and to everyone I have worked with and supervised, for teaching me most of what I know”.

The book is a valuable source of information on the experience, context and history of research, according to reviewers.

Dr Simon Kolstoe, Reader in Bioethics, University of Portsmouth, says:

“Many researchers are so focused on their projects that they often do not think about the broader context of research itself – this book provides readers with a highly valuable opportunity to learn and reflect.”

Dr Sara Stoudt, Assistant Professor of Mathematics (Statistics), Bucknell University:

“Stewart’s How to Do Research pairs the history of research with its pragmatics, helping readers find their place amongst a storied history of discovery.”

For more information, visit: How to Do Research - Robert Stewart - Oxford University Press (oup.com)

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By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 2 Dec 2022, 11:00 AM

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