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.


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The 2021 papers and submissions are available to download below. We hope you find them interesting.


Organisational learning from COVID-19 – a cross divisional study on the impact of the rapid shift to homeworking


Tanya Alcock, BT

Jonathan Malpass, BT

Stephen Cassidy

‘It’s not just a private matter’: Developing effective policy and procedure for addressing the impact of domestic abuse in the workplace


Dr Tony Bennett, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Gemma Wibberley, iROWE, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

Anne Paterson, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University

Diversity in mentoring: A case of women of African origin in the UK


Loliya Akobo Kagher, Liverpool John Moores University

Jim Stewart, Liverpool John Moores University

Tackling the issue of occupational stress and employee burnout in the work-from-home context during Covid-19


Prakriti Dasgupta, People in Business (India) LLP

Randhir Kumar, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

‘Lots of little jobs’ – building local skills ecosystems for the precarious worker


Dr Tricia Jolliffe, Liverpool John Moores University

Helen Collins, Liverpool John Moores University

Dr Kim Jolliffe, Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Conference submissions

This conference proceedings contains the accepted submissions for the ARC 2021 research papers. The papers are grouped into 12 thematic streams and are presented in the order in which they appear in the programme.