SNAS Annual Academic Research Conference on October 8, 2022 (Virtual)

Balancing Rigor and Relevance:
The Role of Social Impact in Academic Research

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SNAS invites research abstract submissions for its annual academic conference on October 8, 2022. The conference theme is “Balancing rigor and relavance: The role of social impact in academic research.” Abstract submission deadline has been extended to July 31, 2022!!!

Dr. Elsa Núñez, President of Eastern Connecticut State University, will deliver a keynote speech, entitled “Equity on College Campuses and Its Impact on Research“.

Nature and Scope of the Conference:

Defined as an effect on, change, or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond academia (HEFCE, 2014), social impact is a growing priority for academics. Criticism for elitist perceptions, political biases, large and underutilized endowments, and ever-growing tuition rates challenges academics to increase their emphasis on social impact (Gamoran, 2018). In this context, 2022 SNAS Annual Conference invites conceptual and empirical research paper abstracts on, but not limited to the following topics:

  • Best practices to highlight social impact in academic circles as well as wider public.
  • The role of grants and funding agencies on impactful research
  • Measuring social impact of academic research.
  • Social science research and social impact: Do ivory towers really exist?
  • The role of sustainability in academic research
  • Research in natural sciences and its public perception: Reflections after living through a long-winded global pandemic
  • Educational research and its broader impact
  • The unifying and uplifting role of business and economic research
  • Social outcomes of academic engineering research
  • Social impact driven by academic research in the developing world

Relevant References:

Fecher, B., & Hebing, M. (2021). How do researchers approach societal impact?. Plos one16(7), e0254006.

Gamoran, A. (2018). The Future of Higher Education Is Social Impact. Stanford Social Innovation Review.

HEFCE (2014). Research Excellence Framework 2014: The Results. Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Lucraft, M. (2020). Towards Societal Impact How Do Researchers Maximize Impact? The Source: SpringerNature.

Smith, R. (2001). Measuring the social impact of research: difficult but necessary. Bmj323(7312), 528.

Viana-Lora, A., & Nel-lo-Andreu, M. G. (2021). Approaching the Social Impact of Research Through a Literature Review. International Journal of Qualitative Methods20, 16094069211052189.

Submission Guidelines:

SNAS has a place for every well-developed topic, traditional or non-traditional, related to any area of academic research. The abstract submissions must be maximum 300 words and include the following elements: Research Motivation, Key Contributions, and Implications. Please clearly indicate social implications of your research. Enter the author information in the registration form and remove all identifying information from the Word attachment. All abstract submissions will go through a blind-review process. Please do not refer to the author(s) in the abstract. For your presentation to be scheduled in the conference program, at least one author must become a SNAS member before the registration deadline, September 8.

Please submit abstracts here! (Google account is required)

Registration Fee and Payment:

At least one author must become a SNAS member to make a presentation. Membership benefits include receiving periodic email newsletters, discounted/waived registration fees for annual SNAS events, and voting rights in executive committee elections. Current SNAS members whose memberships expire after October 8 can present at the conference free of charge if their abstract submissions are accepted. Current SNAS members are also able to attend the conference as an audience as all members will receive the conference link. All other participants must become members to attend the conference.

  • Annual SNAS Student Membership – $50
  • Annual SNAS Non-Student Membership – $100

Become a SNAS member and register for the conference here!

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