Socio-Legal Studies Association
Where law meets the social sciences & humanities

SLSA Postgraduate Conference 2022

11–12 January 2022, online – hosted by the SLSA Board

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The SLSA PGR conference 2021, which was delivered online for the first time, was a real success. This year again the event will be hosted virtually by members of the SLSA Board and will remain FREE and open to members and non-members alike in order to encourage postgraduates unsure of their interest in socio-legal studies to test the water. It is led by well-known senior socio-legal academics with an established research record, as well as a number of early career researchers, who provide a wide range of perspectives on being an academic and the university sector more generally.

The conference is aimed at those starting out in their careers who may need guidance on issues such as: completing their postgraduate research; presenting their work to different audiences; getting their work published; and finding their first academic job. Students often find that they are the only socio-legally minded individuals in their law school, and it is hoped that this event reduces the resulting feelings of intellectual isolation.

The conference is primarily aimed at PhD students at UK institutions in their first year of study, although it is open to all other students (e.g. those in second and third years, and outside the UK) to attend. Please note that only students who have not attended a postgraduate conference in the past are eligible for a place. There is a limit of five students from any one institution.

The conference will run through small group workshops on a range of topics (see the provisional schedule below), led by socio-legal academics, and will be very informal. The conference has a developmental and supportive focus and workshop facilitators will provide advice on the topics and facilitate questions and discussions. One of its aims is to encourage networking between postgraduate research students with an interest in socio-legal studies. There will be plenty of opportunities for discussion with other postgraduates, as well as with the facilitators.

Everyone attending will be invited to submit a short synopsis of their research interests. Please note that you will not be expected to present your research at the conference. Your short synopsis will be distributed to all conference attendees, so as to facilitate the networking process only.


Eligibility: the conference is open to postgraduate research students from the UK and beyond, although it is primarily aimed at PhD students at UK institutions in their first year of study. Students who have attended a postgraduate conference in the past are not eligible for a place. There is a limit of five students from any one institution.

Registration process: registration will take place through Eventbrite.

Places at the conference are limited, and they are usually in high demand and fill out quickly.

Conference details

Online platform: The conference will take place online through Zoom on 11 and 12 January 2022.

Cancellations: as places are limited, we would like to know as soon as possible if anyone who has registered is unable to attend. If you find yourself unable to attend, then please cancel your Eventbrite registration as soon as possible so that your place can be offered to those on the waiting list.

Final schedule

See the programme below or download full details. Please note that the order and precise times of individual workshops may be subject to minor changes. 

Tuesday 11 January 2022

11.45–12.15 Meet your SLSA PG Representatives
  Group A  Group B 
12.30-13.45 Conference posters Getting published
14.00-15.15 Getting published Getting a job
15.15-16.00  Break 
16.00-17.15  Funding & impact  Conference papers
17.30-18.45  Conference papers  Funding & impact
20.00-21.00   Meet the PGRs

Wednesday 12 January 2022

  Group A  Group B 
14.00-15.15   Getting a job Research ethics
15.45-17.00   Supervising your supervisor Conference posters
18.00-19.15   Research ethics Supervising your supervisor
19.30-21.30    Plenary session and group discussions 


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