Proceedings Publication

Socially Engaged Applied Doctoral Research in Canada: Approaches to Contemporary Social and Management Opportunities and Challenges

August 20 – 22, 2021 (online event)

Socially Engaged Applied Doctoral Research in Canada

Doctoral research is expected to be the source of innovative and impactful research that transforms society and challenges dominant theories and practices. While recognizing the changing landscape of doctoral education, the higher education community continues to emphasize the need to maintain the quality and rigour in doctoral scholarship. Central to this topic is maintaining the rigour of doctoral research design while supporting and encouraging multiple forms of research methodologies.

The Faculty of Management (FoM) and Faculty of Applied and Social Sciences’ College of Interdisciplinary Studies (FSAS) at Royal Roads University is pleased to host a three-day conference that focuses on socially engaged applied doctoral research in Canada. The first day of the conference will be reserved for supervisors and faculty members to discuss applied research at the doctoral level. The two subsequent days of the conference will focus on doctoral research and doctoral students. The conference is funded by SSHRC Connections Grant.

The focus of the conference?

The conference will showcase different applied scholarly approaches, focus, modes, theories, and methods to address contemporary social and management challenges. The conference will also offer a unique platform for faculty members to discuss multiple forms of doctoral research, scholarships and supervision. To learn more about conference themes and submission process click here.

Who should attend?

  • Doctoral students and candidates at any stage of their study, and
  • Doctoral supervisors and faculty who are interested in discussing doctoral scholarship and supervision.

Friday, August 20, 2021 is reserved for doctoral supervisors and faculty presentations and panel discussions. The weekend of Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22, 2021 is reserved for doctoral students and candidates who will present their research and participate in discussions. 




All submissions will be subject to peer review by the conference editorial committee and arm’s length reviewers. Submissions will be assessed based on common criteria that include the paper’s applied nature as defined by authors; its originality, significance and expected contribution to knowledge; appropriateness of the literature review; appropriateness of the theoretical approach or framework; and the readability of the paper.

Reviewers and the editorial committee will select multiple paper awards and will be announced at the conference. In addition, a prize of $500 will be awarded for each.


The Venue

Royal Roads University campus sprawls over 260 hectares of lush parkland, where you will find walking, hiking, and biking trails, magnificent examples of the west coast’s flora and fauna, gorgeous views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the majestic Olympic mountain range in the background, a stunning Japanese garden, and historic castle. To contact the conference organizing committee, click here.