The shifting landscape of work and working lives

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 conference will take place on 22-23 January 2020, and will be hosted by Dublin City University (DCU) Business School in Ireland. One of Europe's most dynamic business schools, DCU is ranked in the QS Top 50 Universities under 50 years old.

Conference bookings are now open

Conference fees (for speakers and non-speakers) are: £80/€93 + VAT standard rate; £55/€64 + VAT student rate.

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Hear speakers from the CIPD Applied Research Conference 2017 talking about their work.
In December 2018, the Applied Research Conference took place at Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University. This annual conference was set up to showcase and debate academic research in people management, employment and learning and development. As well as looking at theoretical and empirical advances, the conference has a particular focus on the practical application of research to labour markets and organisational life. The conference exists to strengthen the links between academics and practitioners and is thus aimed at both audiences.
The first four research papers are available to download below. We hope you find them interesting.

Women of African origin and career advancement in the UK: a case study


Dr Loliya A Akobo
Liverpool John Moores University

Work–life balance supports can improve employee well-being


Professor Stephen Wood
University of Leicester

Working with external quality standards and awards: strategic implications for human resource and quality


Angela Mulvie
Corporate Elevation Coaching

What does the future hold? Investigating the benefits and challenges of agile and remote working


Dr Claire Stone, Shannon Horan and Dr Paul Flaxman
City, University of London