Social sciences postgraduate research conference | call for papers

The University of South Wales is inviting high quality research papers for presentations from postgraduate researchers in social sciences.

The conference, which will be held in September 2018, aims to bring together postgraduate research students from sociology, social policy, international development, political studies, international business and cognate disciplines to present their research ideas/findings on ‘Global Governance and Expertise in Policy-making’.

The conference intends to provide postgraduate students with the opportunity to present their research, to meet peers who engage in research in similar topic(s) and to get valuable feedback on their research.

Research students of all levels are invited to submit an abstract or short proposal (maximum one page) for paper presentations. We seek both theoretical and empirical contributions for how the research papers might help ‘turn research into action’. The conference will provide a platform for early-stage researchers to present their work in a supportive and constructive environment and reflect upon the impact their research might achieve.

While the notions of global governance and the roles people play in national and global policy-making are subject to variable interpretations, prospective participants are encouraged to think carefully about the rigour of their research papers while at the same time be innovative, critical and ambitious within the remit/scope of the main theme of the conference.

Travel Bursary:

There is no registration fee for selected participants. Participants are strongly advised to seek their own institutional and other alternative funding to attend the conference. However, some bursaries towards travel and accommodation are available (maximum £205 against original receipts). In exceptional cases (e.g. participants coming from outside the UK) one night of accommodation can also be organized at USW student halls of residence (subject to availability).

Places are limited.

Please send abstracts, registrations of interest and enquiries to: Dr Palash Kamruzzaman,

Key dates:


Deadline for submission of abstract/short paper proposal: 27 June 2018

Notification of acceptance: 11 July 2018

Deadline for submitting full paper (for the best paper prize): 31 August 2018

Date of conference: 14 September 2018 (tbc).


Prizes: A prize of £250 will be awarded to the best paper/presentation.

The keynote speaker at this year’s conference is Dr AndrewThompson from the University of South Wales.