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 research papers presented, we set out to discuss the practical application of insights to organisational life and labour markets.

The CIPD Applied Research Conference (ARC) will be at the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, on 26 – 27 January 2022. For the first time ever we hope to run a hybrid event, allowing the flexibility to attend in person or virtually.

Call for papers

We welcome three types of submission:

  • Research paper: original primary research
  • Evidence review: for example systematic review or rapid evidence assessment
  • Poster: to present research in progress
  • Brexit
  • Contracts of employment
  • Corporate governance and Responsible Business
  • COVID-19 impact on work and employment
  • Changing labour markets and demographics
  • Changing ways of working
  • Employee relations 
  • Equality, diversity and inclsuion
  • Health and wellbeing at work
  • HR and L&D
  • Reward and recognition
  • Skills and learning
  • Work technology

Important guidance points:

  • Selection criteria: (a) relevance to the contemporary world of work, employment and people management; (b) appropriate and robust methods; (c) contribution to knowledge and understanding of the field; (d) clear practical implications of the research; and (e) written clearly in plain language.

  • Presenters / authors: Presentation slots are 15 minutes, of which approximately 5 minutes should focus on practical applications. In addition, speakers have 10 minutes for Q&A and discussion. We allow one or two speakers per presentation only, who will be listed in the conference programme. We can acknowledge other co-authors in the conference proceedings.

  • Attendance: By submitting a paper you commit to registering for and attending ARC 2022, if your paper is selected for inclusion. Delegate fees apply for both speakers and non-speakers, fees TBC shortly.

  • Dates: Selected submissions will be confirmed mid-September 2021.

Submissions must be made through our secure platform (registration required) to the following structure (excluding references): 

  • Presentation 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).  

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)