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 7th CIPD Applied Research Conference took place online on 26-27 January 2022. Next year we plan to be face-to-face at the Alliance Manchester Business School; the call for papers will open in Spring 2022. If you would like to be kept up to date about ARC, please email to be placed on our mailing list.

We present two prizes at the Applied Research Conference: Professor Ian Beardwell Prize and the ARC Poster Prize.

The Professor Ian Beardwell Prize 

The Professor Ian Beardwell Prize was set up in memory of leading HR academic Ian Beardwell, following his untimely death in 2002. Ian made a huge contribution to the study and practice of HR and helping link research and practice. The prize is given for best applied research paper and comes with a £1,000 award.

The 2022 Professor Ian Beardwell Prize was awarded to: Madeleine Stevens and Claire Hannibal for their article The smiling assassin?: Reconceptualising redundancy envoys as quasi-dirty workers, published in the International Journal of Human Resource Management. We also recognised as Highly Commended an article by Carol Atkinson, Ben Lupton, Anastasia Kynighou and Val Antcliff, Small firms, owner managers and (strategic?) human resource management, published in Human Resource Management Journal.

Consider entering for the Professor Ian Beardwell Prize 

If you would like to be considered for the 2023 prize, please submit your entry to with the subject ‘ARC Ian Beardwell Prize’ by 30th November 2022. Eligible papers for the prize must be based on a paper previously presented at ARC (any year) and must have been published in the last calendar year. As well as relevance to the contemporary world of work, research rigour and contribution to body of knowledge, we especially value papers that draw out clear practical implications for practice or policy.

ARC Poster Prize

Posters are a way for early career academics to show their work in progress and receive feedback from conference delegates. Entries are submitted under the call for papers, and the ARC Poster Prize comes with a £500 award.

The 2022 ARC Poster Prize was awarded to Elaine Yerby and Ruth Reaney for their poster on workplace conflict during the pandemic.