Research that impacts lives, businesses and societies
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The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business Doctoral Conference brings PGR students in the faculty from different specialised areas together to give them inspiration to present their research interests to others in the field. This is an excellent opportunity to gain confidence in presenting at a conference while still in a familiar space.

Our overarching conference theme is research that impacts lives, businesses and societies.

Sub themes

  • Society resilience and environmental sustainability - including but not limited to supply chain management, agricultural research, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) studies, climate change research, circular economy, smart cities, sociology, social policy, law and governance research, multicultural studies, civil rights, social and spatial justice, art practice, design, architecture, built environment, history, anthropology.
  • Heritage, humanities and creative arts - including but not limited to fine arts, photography, design, architecture, built environment, music, dance, performing arts, history, literary work.
  • Education, health and wellbeing - including but not limited to formal and informal learning, inclusion and special educational needs and disability (SEND) studies, educational multiculturalism, gender studies, learners’ and teachers’ voices, health.
  • Leadership and business innovation - including but not limited to leadership management, tourism, business models, innovation management research, motivation and gamification, knowledge management, decision sciences.

Call for abstracts

  • Abstracts must be between 800-1,500 words.
  • May be an extended abstract of a poster, research proposal, literature review, methodology or a full paper.
  • Abstracts will be published on the conference website.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by Friday 16 April 2021 - please submit your abstract via the above link.


As part of the conference, we are holding a workshop on Wednesday 7 April (16:00-17:30) entitled 'Learning from Viva Experiences' - please visit the above link for full details.


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Keynote speaker: Dr Smita Tripathi

Smita is a Lecturer in Leadership and Human Resource Studies, and an active researcher at the Plymouth Business School. After a successful tenure in the government of India as a Civil Servant in Customs, she re-entered the academic world by doing a management degree focusing on innovation, strategy and change and a PhD in leadership and public sector management. She is particularly interested in the role of leadership in leading change and managing complex challenges and in public sector management. Her doctoral research is on leadership at the apex of local government. 

She has conducted research on leadership, talent management, collaboration and social enterprise, responsible governance and on Indian business culture and its leadership implications. Recently she has extended her research to peace studies, conflict resolution and development, exploring the challenges of collaboration and working across organisations.

Research cafe virtual writing retreat 

We are also happy to inform you that there will be writing retreats everyday from Monday to Friday from 10:00 in the morning. This will be very beneficial to everyone who attends as we can motivate each other to write our abstracts and prepare for the upcoming doctoral conference. 
Mondays to Friday 10:00 - 16:30. 
Meeting ID: 631 642 1144 
Password: 12345

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