Researching for Impact

HDR Conference - 14 October 2021. This conference will take place fully online.

HASS HDR Conference

14 October 2021


1 day




The annual HASS HDR Conference will take place online on 14 October 2021.  This year the theme is ‘Researching for Impact’. 

The conference will showcase the research of HDR students from UNSW Canberra and beyond.  Through the theme ‘Researching for Impact’, the conference will comprise a rich exploration of ideas, highlighting the role of research in shaping the society and culture in which live. It provides an important platform for HDR students to speak to the significance of their research, both within and beyond the academic environment. 

The conference brings together the academic research community in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.  It is an interdisciplinary conference open to higher degree research and honours students from UNSW Canberra and other universities.  Students are warmly invited to present their research within the diverse program, get feedback to help develop their ideas, and take advantage of the opportunity to build their research network.

Full program available - download now!

Registrations are now open

General Information

About the Conference

The HASS HDR Conference is an annual conference held to showcase the latest research from HASS HDR students.  In 2021 the conference theme is ‘Researching for Impact’.  The conference will comprise a series of plenary and parallel sessions, organised thematically according to key research themes.  Students, academics and members of the general public are welcome to attend the conference.  Registration and attendance is free. 

Conference Best Paper Awards

Outstanding presentations during the conference will be nominated for Conference Best Paper awards.  The chair of each session will select nominees as appropriate.  Best Paper awards recognise groundbreaking research presented in an engaging and accessible way.  Recipients of Conference Best Paper awards will receive a certificate in recognition of their achievement.

Keynote details

Researching for Impact and Success in Troubled Times

The world at large and our own society have never been peaceful and prosperous for all. There was no ‘golden age’ in education or anything else. Yet there is a sense in which we feel that we live in particularly troubled times: we face unprecedented environmental threats, we often feel disenchanted with global and domestic leadership, and, in our own institutions, researchers and teachers sometimes feel under-valued and over-worked. We share concerns about the public standing and support of the humanities and social sciences. In particular, research higher degree students are anxious about their futures. So how might they respond in practical ways which improve their research and career prospects, and which also strengthen their pride in being part of the humanities and social sciences community?

Keynote speaker

Peter McPhee

Peter McPhee AM

Emeritus Professor

Peter McPhee AM was appointed to a Personal Chair in History at the University of Melbourne in 1993. He was Deputy Dean of the new School of Graduate Studies in 1994-96, then in turn Head of the Department of History, President of the Academic Board, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) before becoming the University's first Provost in 2007-09, with responsibility for the design and implementation of the University's ‘Melbourne Model’. He has published widely on the history of modern France, including A Social History of France 1789-1914 (2004); Robespierre: a Revolutionary Life (2012); and Liberty or Death: the French Revolution (2016). He is currently the Chair of the History Council of Victoria, the state’s peak body for history.


  • Higher degree research and honours students enrolled at any Australian university are eligible to present at the conference. Students with theses currently under examination are also welcome to present at the conference.

  • Due to the current COVID-19 situation, this conference will now take place fully online.

  • It is free to present at the conference.

  • It is free to attend the conference. 

  • The conference will take place on 14 October 2021, from 9am to 5pm. 

  • Due to the current COVID-19 situation, this conference will now take place fully online.

  • Yes, anyone interested is welcome to register and attend one or more conference sessions.

  • Full program available - download now!

  • Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present their paper.  Most sessions will be 90 minutes, with three presentations, followed by question time. 


For all enquiries, please contact Deborah Mayersen: