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2016 RSA Student and Early Career Conference Plenary Speakers

Towards Impact and Contributions to Knowledge: PhD and First Academic Position

Maximizing the Impact of your Research Outputs

Charlie Rapple, Kudos, UK

Charlie Rapple is co-founder of Kudos, which helps researchers, publishers and institutions to maximize the reach and impact of their research. She is also Honorary Secretary of UKSG, Associate Editor of Learned Publishing, and a blogger in The Scholarly Kitchen. Past roles include Associate Director of TBI Communications and Head of Group Marketing for Publishing Technology. She holds a BA from the University of Bristol and postgraduate MDip from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Maximizing the Impact of your Research Outputs Researchers are spoiled for choice when it comes to different ways to share research. It’s not possible to embrace all the available formats, tools and networks. How do you know which ones will be most effective for your work? This talk will give a brief overview of the different ways you might communicate around your work, and the different metrics you might use to measure the performance of your work. It will also touch on some of the reasons why you might choose to communicate around your work, and some of the evidence which shows that small efforts can help you have a big impact.

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(Net)working in Interdisciplinary and International Environments: Using Learned Societies to Maximise your Research

Sally Hardy, RSA, UK

Sally Hardy is Chief Executive of the Regional Studies Association, having previously worked as a Higher Scientific Officer for the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. The Regional Studies Association is an international learned society working on development and policy primarily at the sub-national level. The Association has a global membership and is about to open a Division and associated project office in China working with colleagues from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. A similar arrangement is shortly to be launched in the US following a successful pilot project with UCLA, California. Sally manages the Association’s extensive publishing portfolio including three hybrid journals and the recent launch of an innovative gold open access journal – Regional Studies, Regional Science. The Association recently became a research funder launching a scheme for early career researcher grants of £10k, twenty awards have been given to date. It also funds around 20 research networks. RSA hosts a large number of conferences and events each year recently in Brazil, Turkey, US, Finland and shortly to be held in Italy and China. Sally is particularly involved in the Association’s territorial expansion and its engagement with knowledge exchange where she works with colleagues in the European Commission, particularly DG Regio as well as with organisations such as the United Nations (RSA is an NGO), World Bank, OECD and Committee of the Regions. Sally leads on the RSA’s UK policy engagement work, currently working with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills on meetings in relation to their Future of Cities programme. Sally speaks regularly on behalf of the RSA but has become a commentator on open access publishing particularly where this impacts on the learned society sector.

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Plenary 3

Dr. Gary Bosworth, Lincoln University, UK

Gary’s research all focuses on the role that businesses play in creating sustainable rural communities.  I see businesses offering more than just economic growth.  They provide key services, they attract infrastructure to rural areas, they provide employment and training, and they facilitate the social interactions that create the identity of rural places.

I am currently a Reader of Enterprise and Rural Economies at the University of Lincoln. I moved to Lincoln in 2008, initially as a research fellow and subsequently held the post of Lecturer in Economics and Entrepreneurship prior to my most recent promotion. My route to an academic research career began at Cambridge where I studied for a degree in Land Economy. Three years working as a commercial property surveyor gave me a good grounding in the real world of business before I took the opportunity to study for my research masters and PhD in the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University. This was funded by an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship.

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Plenary 4

Professor Joyce Liddle, Aix Marseille, France

Professor Joyce Liddle is a Professor of Public Management and Leadership at IMPGT, Aix-Marseilles Universite and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Eastern Finland, Northumbria, Edge Hill & Glasgow Caledonian, UK. She is the Hon Chair of the UK Joint University Council, the learned society for public administration and policy, and former chair of the Public Administration Committee. She is a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, and a Fellow of the International Regional Studies Association. She researches in the fields of public leadership, territorial governance, public entrepreneurship, partnerships and networks.

She has published over 200 articles, 25 book chapters and seven books; all for reputable, international publishers. She is co-editor of an Annual Book series on Critical Perspectives on International Public Management (With Prof John Diamond) and in 2016 is sole editor of New Perspectives on research, policy and practice in public entrepreneurship.

She has many years of experience in practice, teaching, researching and consultancy. Previous positions have included-Executive Officer in the UK Civil Service, Company Director and Company Secretary of family businesses, Research Officer and Training Officer. She has taught, researched and provided consultancy in public management to many UK and overseas public agencies. Along with chairing international and national conferences and speaking at events in China, Finland, Brussels, France and Brazil, she has also taught overseas, including Slovakia, Greece and Amsterdam, on various programmes. She is a regular reviewer for respectable International publishers. [ back to top ]

Funding, Financing and Governing Urban Infrastructure

Professor Andy Pike, CURDS, UK

Andy Pike is Henry Daysh Professor of Regional Development Studies and Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University, UK. His research interests are in the geographical political economy of local and regional development. He is widely published in international journals, author of Origination: The Geographies of Brands and Branding (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), co-author of Local and Regional Development (Routledge, 2006) (with Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and John Tomaney), editor of Brands and Branding Geographies (Elgar, 2011) and Whither Regional Studies? (Routledge, 2009), and co-editor of Handbook of Local and Regional Development (Routledge, 2011) and Local and Regional Development: Major Works (Routledge, 2015) (with Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and John Tomaney). He has undertaken research projects for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations–International Labour Organisation (UN-ILO), European Commission, UK Government and national, regional and local institutions. He is currently working on brands and branding geographies, evolution in economic geography, the governance of local and regional economic development, and the city-regional governance of infrastructure funding and financing. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and was an editor of Regional Studies (2005–13) and was the founding Director of the Postgraduate Local and Regional Development programmes in CURDS (2002–14).

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