Published: 16 November 2022

Annual PDS conference discusses the impact of research

The 2022 conference theme was ‘impact from my PDS research’. It is a great event for all cohorts at different journey points on their research to re-connect, learn, share and celebrate sustainability research.

Professor Richard Murphy, PDS Director hosted the Annual Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability conference 2022, with each PDS doctoral practitioner presenting for 15 minutes with a 5 minute Q&A. We had twelve presentations from our students - it was amazing to see how much they have done, the variety of experiences they have had and the diverse range of research taking place. For our new 2022/23 cohort, each student gave a brief Introduction with a Q&A.

Later in the afternoon academic and industry speakers participated in specialist talks and a reflective panel session:

Specialist talks

Specialist talks on ‘impact’ from both an industry and academic perspective:

  • Gill Fairbairn – Research and Innovation, University of Surrey
  • Dr Jaqi Lee, former PDS Director, CES academic and Rolls Royce employee.

Reflective panel session

Reflective panel session with Professor Richard Murphy and panel members from senior PDS Doctoral Practitioners Luke Deamer, James Daly, and Sarah Gray.


The day concluded with an award ceremony for ‘favourite presentation’ won by James Daly, ‘best presentation visuals’ won by Luke Deamer and ‘most engaging presentation’ won by Diana George.

A big thank you to everyone who participated and attended the conference – it was a grand event!