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The Evolution of Research: Adapting to Survive in the Changing World?


Canterbury Christ Church University Post Graduate 10th Annual Conference

Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent

“The Evolution of Research: Adapting to Survive in the Changing World?”

Friday 17th June 2011, Canterbury Campus, Powell Building

Plenary Speaker: Professor Srikant Sarangi (Cardiff University)

The CCCU Post Graduate Research Association Annual Conference has attracted greater interest and wider academic attention year upon year, and for the first time proudly invites papers and attendees from a national demographic. In keeping with this organic evolution, papers are welcomed on the theme “The Evolution of Research.” The aim of this conference is to encourage post graduate students of an interdisciplinary range to present their research based on this theme to an audience of fellow academics, in a comfortable environment for debate.

The theme “The Evolution of Research: Adapting to Survive in the Changing World?” has been selected because as post graduate researchers we are in a climate whereby we inevitably have to adapt our research ideas and approaches to the changing world around us. These recurrent changes to the world affect us from the levels of technology right through to government policies regarding universities, alongside institutional and external pressures upon the very nature of research.

Papers are welcomed from all disciplines of research; to help you interpret the theme of this conference we have provided topic areas intended to help guide your ideas (below), but you are not restricted by these topics or the guidelines we offer within them. Poster presentations are also welcome. Please adapt these topics as you see fit, but should you have any questions or need clarification, please contact us. If you would like to present at the conference please follow the guidelines for applications; here you can also find more information regarding the conference.


  1. Researcher Evolution
  2. The Evolution of your Research
  3. Researcher Traits
  4. Ethics & Research
  5. Technology & Research
  6. Methodology & Research
  7. ‘Co-Evolution’ & ‘Co-Operation’ in Research
  8. Faith & Research
  9. Originality and Creativity VS Instrumental Research

10.  The Future of Research

11.  Any Topic of your choice


If you wish to present at the conference, please email your abstract of (200-300 words max.) to: Please note that presentations should last for 20 minutes, and there will be a 10 minute Q&A session afterwards. Abstracts should include your name, institution, research topic and discipline, email and telephone number. Please specify whether you will need any particular facilities or requirements. The deadline for abstracts is: Friday 27th May 2011. (Applicant submissions will be reviewed and notified by 20th May 2011). If you wish to attend the conference without presenting, please email the organisers.

The organisers of this conference are: Laura Doherty ( & Robert McPherson (

This conference is free for everyone, and coffee and a light lunch will be provided on the day.

The best 3 papers given at the conference will have the opportunity to have their research published in a future edition of the journal Skepsi.

The opening introductions of the conference will be given by Professor Robin Baker, the Vice Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University.

We are currently waiting to confirm the plenary speakers for the conference.

For the latest updates regarding this conference please visit our website:

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