Creating Knowledge Conference – Call for contributions extended to 23 April

Now in its fourth year, the Creating Knowledge Conference brings together researchers from across the University. The four days will offer a range of sessions designed to showcase the excellence and diversity of SHU’s research and innovation work, to share research practice and engender a supportive and inclusive research culture.

The theme for the Creating Knowledge Conference this year is: Borderless Research?

Recognising that we are part of a global community, and that the challenges we face are better tackled together. Borderless as a concept (or critical question) defines common enquiry that transcends borders and has global impact and relevance beyond our region. Borderless research in this theme encompasses both geographic and disciplinary borders. It transcends borders between academia and practice and/or academia and communities as well as the shifting dynamics between the developing and developed world. We welcome a variety of contributions that reflect the main conference theme or the three related sub themes:

  • Doing things differently – this could reflect (but is not restricted to) researchers’ response to the Covid-19 pandemic; service transformation; industry, public organisations or the voluntary sector pivoting to adapt to change. The changing role and use of technology in education, health, consumerism, and entertainment.
  • Renewal and recovery – this could reflect (but is not restricted to) research focused on economic, community, environmental or health recovery from the impact of the global pandemic. Diversification across industry, product innovation or improved efficiencies as a response to the changing economic landscape.
  • Reimagining our role- this could reflect (but is not restricted to) research examining the restructuring or redefining of professional roles or changes in the boundaries between roles, taking a critical view of our place as citizens in the world. This could, for example, reflect on Black Lives Matter and other global protest movements, on digital connectivity and on relationships between citizens and states.

Abstract submissions

We are inviting contributions from members of staff and postgraduate research students. These can take the form of a poster or oral presentation, audio/visual contribution, panel session or workshop. Abstracts of no more than 250 words outlining your proposed contribution should submitted using this form by 23:59 on Friday 23 April 2021.

The conference committee is convened and chaired by the Research Institute Directors. The group comprises representatives of the research community at all levels who will review the abstracts and make the selection for inclusion in the programme.

We are also open to suggestions of other content and/or speakers that you would like to see included. Please add these to your abstract form or email

Queries can be directed to Elizabeth Scanlon via the Sheffield Hallam Researcher Development (SHaRD) inbox