The changing world of work

Applied Research Conference sponsors

The Applied Research Conference (ARC) is an annual meeting place for academic researchers and practitioners working in people management, employment policy and related fields. It holds a unique place in bringing together these two communities to hear about cutting edge research in HR and discuss how it can be applied in practice.

ARC is an interdisciplinary conference that covers a wide range of aspects of people management, employment, learning and development and organisational development. In all areas covered, we set out to discuss the practical application of research insights to organisational life and labour markets.

The CIPD Applied Research Conference will take place on 25-26 January 2023 at the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.

The call for papers is now opened and will close on 15 July 2022.

Call for papers

We welcome three types of submission:

  • Research paper: original primary research
  • Evidence review: systematic review or rapid evidence assessment
  • Poster: to present research in progress
Submissions must be made through our secure platform (registration required) to the following structure (excluding references):
  • Submission title (maximum 160 characters)
  • Summary of the research paper to be used in the conference programme (maximum 100 words)
  • Research focus, rationale and questions (maximum 250 words)
  • Research methods (maximum 150 words)
  • Research findings or argument (maximum 250 words)
  • Practical importance and implications of research (maximum 250 words)
  • Please write clearly in accessible and engaging language

Important guidance points:

  • Selection criteria: Judges will select papers based on: (a) relevance to the contemporary world of work, employment and people management; (b) appropriate and robust methods; (c) contribution  to the body of knowledge; (d) clear and useful practical implications of the research.

  • Speaking slots: Presentation slots are 15 minutes, of which approximately 5 minutes should focus on practical applications. In addition, we ask speakers to join a 30 minute Q&A panel in which we encourage further discussion of practical implications.

  • Presenters/authors: We allow one or two speakers per presentation only, who will be listed in the conference programme. Any other co-authors can be acknowledged in the conference proceedings.

  • Conference proceedings: We will publish successful submissions on the CIPD ARC website as proceedings of the conference (ISSN 2633-7223). If you wish to update your submission, you may do so within the existing submission guidelines before 1 December 2022.

  • Attendance: By submitting a paper you commit to registering for and attending ARC 2023, if your paper is selected for inclusion. Relevant fees apply for both speakers and non-speakers.

If you’d like updates on the Applied Research Conference, please email Research with the subject ‘ARC’, stating that you would like to be placed on our contact lists. Please also state if you would like to be notified of invitations to tender for CIPD commissioned research.

At the end of the conference, we'll award the following prizes:  

Professor Ian Beardwell Prize
We'll present a £1,000 award for the Professor Ian Beardwell Prize for the best applied research paper. Eligible papers are those based on a paper previously presented at ARC (any year) that have been published in the calendar year 2021.
As for the conference papers, our judging criteria are:
  • relevance to the contemporary world of work, employment and people management; 
  • appropriate and robust methods;
  • contribution to knowledge and understanding of the field;
  • clear practical implications of the research; 
  • written clearly in plain language. 
Please submit your entry to Research with the subject ‘ARC Ian Beardwell Prize’.
Publishing opportunities
  • Publication of submissions: we'll publish successful submissions in conference proceedings. 

  • CIPD papers: Short 2-3,000 word papers summarising the research for practitioner and policy audiences, to be published on the CIPD website. These papers will be made freely available on our website and we will promote them to raise the profile of your research among practitioners.

  • Journal papers: Full papers will be considered for fast-tracked peer review with our partner journals. Where papers are not invited to peer review, an editor in chief will provide informal feedback to help you develop the paper without this constituting a rejection from the journal.

    Our partner journals are: 

    • Human Resource Development International (HRDI)

    • Human Resource Management Journal (HRMJ)

    • International Journal of Human Resource Management (IJHRM)

    • Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance (JOEPP)