Often referred to as a virtue, a deep awareness of, concern for and sensitivity to the suffering or misfortune of another or others, and a motivation to help them. The suffering or misfortune is of a kind that can be readily understood and identified by the person who experiences compassion (Strauss et al. 2016). Beyond interest in compassion as a research topic, its relevance may lie in the effects on researchers who themselves experience compassion. As a result, they may be exposed to the risks of compassion fatigue (Newell 2010) and to losing clarity about their role in a project.