Research. Education. Practice
The Creative Nexus

Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University
Event Date: June 11-13, 2025
Abstract Date: June 30, 2024
A conference on research, education & practice across disciplines
Part of the Focus on Pedagogy Series


In academia today, the complexities of research, practice and teaching are both intricate and connected. Sometimes deliberately. Oftentimes by chance. Other times by need. We live in an age of impact based research, community focused practice and socially engaged teaching. As a result, we are, simultaneously, creative practitioners, adaptive educators and culturally embedded researchers. It is a complex scenario further complicated by cross-disciplinary thinking and an ever growing emphasis on impact: how what we do in any of these roles actually makes a difference.

In this context, the distinction between research, practice and teaching is far from clear. In the arts, educators routinely continue practice. In design, practitioners regularly engage in academic study. In the humanities and the sciences, what we teach is very often the thing we research. One common denominator, however, is the need for impact – whether that be to  improve social wellbeing, support local economies and institutions, or increase student success.

What this all results in is an unpredictable, creative and challenging set of circumstances – for both researchers, educators and learners inside the academy, and for the stakeholders we connect with outside it. It is also a question that has yet to be fully explored. In examining the contemporary academy from this perspective, the Research, Education & Practice conference welcomes case studies of academic research, presentations on social engagement and contributions on best practice teaching and learning. In short, we look for opportunities to explore how what we research, teach and practice intersects and, crucially, how it makes a difference.


The conference is organised by AMPS, Routledge. the Centre for Impact of Creative Research, Cambridge School of Art, and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University. It will be organized around the research themes of each organisation. Themes of concern at ARU include:

Creative Thinking – Research & Impact | Wellbeing, Care, Art | STEAM & Embedded Pedagogy | Practice: Knowledge exchange outside academia

Other conference themes include:

Teaching & Learning: Cross-disciplinary methods, theories & practice |  | Technologies in research, education, & practice | Academia & social justice…. and more.

Image: Colin Lloyd


  • Art
  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Sociology
  • Education
  • Digital Art
  • Urban Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Media Studies
  • Community Studies
  • Communications
  • Digital Design
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies

Key Dates

Abstracts (Early)
30 June 2024
30 July 2023
Abstracts (Round 1)
20 October 2024
11-13 June 2025
Full Paper Submissions
20 August 2025
Full Paper Resubmissions
30 Nov 2025
01 February 2026


Creative Thinking – Research & Impact
Wellbeing, Care, Art
Teaching & Learning - Methods, theories & practice
Teaching Design in a Social Context
Practice - Knowledge exchange outside academia
Academia & Social Justice


In-person: Live in Phoenix, Arizona at the ASU campus

Zoom: Virial presentations coordinated by AMPS and the teams in the US, Brazil & South Korea. 

Pre-recorded:  Pre-recorded presentations or films will be available permanently on the AMPS Academic YouTube channel.

Written papers: In all cases, delegates can present full written papers for inclusion in all associated conference publications.

In-person: (15-20 mins)
Zoom: (15-20 mins)
Pre-recorded video: (15-20 mins)
Written papers: (3000 words)



The publishers that AMPS works with include Routledge Taylor & Francis, UCL Press, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing and Intellect Books.


Conference outputs include the AMPS Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467; Special Issue Publications of the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006; Books from this event will be developed by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, with short films available on the AMPS Academic YouTube Channel.


Written papers are optional.  If submitted they should be 3,000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow after the conference. All papers are double- blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS or in specially produced conference books.



Submissions & Registration:



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