Doctoral Colloquium 2018

Call for Applications

Academy of Policy & Research


Are you a second or higher year doctoral student?

Would you like to become part of the APR community?

Do you want to engage with doctoral students from different parts of the world?

Do you want to meet the leading scholars in your field face-to-face?

Do you want to become the winner of the “GRAA 2018 Doctoral Colloquium Best Paper Award”?

GRAA Doctoral Colloquium


Then we would like to invite you to the GRAA 2018 Doctoral Colloquium!


Exchange and expand

Exchange knowledge and expand your network and initiate dialogues with leading management scholars!

Experienced management scholars will share their knowledge about undertaking doctoral research and pursuing a career as an academic. Learning from those scholars and asking them all the questions you’ve always wanted to ask is a great opportunity. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the tacit knowledge underlying a PhD process and to get useful insights on how to complete a PhD in a successful way.


Collaborate with your peers and participant mentors!

The largest part of the colloquium is dedicated to the discussion of your papers in small groups – each supervised by an experienced senior researcher, many of them global thought leaders in their field. The aim is not that you shall give a “traditional” paper presentation, but to briefly outline your research and from that engage in intensive interactive sessions aiming at giving you advice and feedback for the particular questions you have. We will circulate the papers of each group member in advance to make sure that each one can read the papers of the others before meeting.


Identify your way of joining the APR community of researchers!

You will get useful hints on how to become part of the APR research community.


Express your talent and win the GRAA 2018 Doctoral Colloquium Best Paper Award!

Our committee will select the winners of the APR 2018 Doctoral Colloquium Best Paper Award among all accepted submissions. This is an excellent opportunity to advance in your academic career!


How to Apply? 

Important Dates

Doctoral Colloquium (December 2018)

Doctoral Colloquium Fees** 

Doct. Col. Fee3

Participation in the Doctoral Colloquium only (deadline 03 October 2018)


Reduced participation fee for the Doctoral Colloquium & Full Conference (only open to those accepted to the Doctoral Colloquium) (deadline 03 October 2018)


** These fees only apply to PhD students admitted to the doctoral colloquium. To be eligible for these rates, PhD students are required to produce documentary evidence of their status, which they will need to upload during the registration process.

The Doctoral Colloquium Fees include the £20 (PhD Students) membership fee for 2018-2019.


IMPORTANT: For all three categories of fees, all payments must be registered at latest 25 August 2018 in order for your notification of acceptance to the Doctoral Colloquium to still stand as valid.


Submission Process

Submit your application by 03 October 2018, 05:00pm, London Time. The link to the IT platform for submissions is available now.

Note that the IT platform for submissions is open from 17 May 2018 08 am  to 03 October 2018, 05:00pm, London Time.

In order to submit a formally valid application, provide the following four documents in pdf-format:

  1. Your CV which includes a picture
  2. A letter of motivation written on the stationery paper officially used by your university. You must end your letter of motivation with the following statement: "In the case of acceptance for the GRAA 2018 Doctoral Colloquium, I have the funding and will definitely participate in the Doctoral Colloquium” (note that this is a legally binding statement) (Max 2 pages).
  3. A letter of recommendation written on the stationery paper officially used by your university and signed by your main supervisor (including all contact info) (Max 2 pages).
  4. A single authored text (= written by yourself only) on maximum 25 pages named GRAA_DC_2018_[YOUR LAST NAME]_[YOUR FIRST NAME]_TEXT-TYPE_4x. The text should neither be published nor submitted for publication in any form. The text cannot in any version or variant also be submitted to GRAA 2018 Main Conference.

Dependent on the type of dissertation you are doing and on how far gone you are, you shall provide one of these three text-types:

  1.  A research proposalregardless of what kind of dissertation you are doing (mainly if you are not that far gone in your PhD process yet).
  2.  A summaryof your conventional monograph dissertation.
  3.  A summaryof each paper done/planned in your compilation dissertation + a summaryof your compilation dissertation as a whole.

Regardless if you choose text-type 4a, 4b or 4c, your text must include the following elements and sections:

  • What text-type you are submitting (either 4a, 4b or 4c, see above)
  • Particular questions/issues that you are encountering on which you would like to get feedback/ advice at the Doctoral Colloquium.
  • Short abstract (max. 300 words)
  • Up to 4 keywords
  • The following outline/headlines of your main text:

    • Introduction (including research gap and associated research questions)
    • Relevance of your dissertation; theoretically, empirically, practically
    • Theoretical framework/Key literature you are building on
    • Methodological approach/es and method/s used
    • Empirical findings (if you write a research proposal, please present expected/intended empirical findings)
    • Discussion and conclusions (not applicable for text-type 4a)
    • (Potential) contributions of your study (theoretical, methodological, practical)
    • References





  • Choose one topic area from the list below that best matches the positioning of your PhD


Economics & Finances

Panel Chair:
Dr John-Paul Okeke, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom
Dr. Alamir Al-Alawi, College of Applied Sciences, Ministry of Higher Education, Sultanate of Oman

  • Economic Growth and Job Creation
  • Business Dynamics
  • Owner and Business Characteristics
  • Banking& Stock Market
  • Regulatory and Tax Environment
  • Financing and Access to Capital
  • Geographic Considerations/Regional Clusters
  • Globalization and Trade
  • Emerging Economies and Economic Development
  • Evidence-Based Policy Analysis
  • Data and Research Gaps
  • Economics of Public Health
  • Accounting and Insurance
  • Financial Management and allied disciplines


Business & Management

Panel Chair:
Prof. Dr. Murat Kasımoğlu, Istanbul Commerce University, Turkey
Dr Daba Chowdhury, Suffolk Business School, United Kingdom
Dr Abraham Althonayan, Brunel Business School, United Kingdom

  • Organizations and Technology Management
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Project and Quality Management
  • Purchasing and Supply Management
  • Decision and Risk Analysis
  • Contract Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • R&D strategies
  • Business Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Health Care Management
  • Marketing and  allied  disciplines
  • Warehouse Management
  • Politics and Business
  • Business Ethics
  • Logistics
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Business History
  • Business Law
  • SMEs
  • General Management
  • Strategic Management 


Social Sciences

Panel Chair:
Dr Atul Mishra, Plymouth University, United Kingdom
Dr Recep Ali Küçükçolak, Istanbul Commerce University, Turkey

  • Civic and Political Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Educational Studies
  • Communication
  • Demography
  • Development Studies
  • Behavioural Sciences


Health and Social Care

Panel Chair:
Dr Russell Kabir, Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom

  • Sociology
  • Social and Community Studies          
  • Public Health
  • Psychology
  • Medical Sciences


  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Food science
  • Microbiology/ Biotechnology/Biochemistry
  • Occupational Health and Safety


Truism and Hospitality

 Dr Wai Lim, Associate Professor, Plymouth University

  • Service Management, Current trends / issues of Tourism
  • Tourism marketing
  • Hospitality management
  • Tourism planning & development


Law, Patent Litigation, Regulatory Frameworks

Panel Chair: Dr. Ozgur Cinar, Senior Lecturer, BPP University Law School

  • Licensing & Collaboration Agreements
  • Brexit and the Impact on the Industry
  • Regulatory Frameworks
  • Competition Law & Patent Litigation


Paper/abstract submission procedure:

E-mail your abstract/paper/poster to: Editor (e-mail:


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