The impact that social science research has on society is attracting increasing attention in public debate. Academic researchers are called upon to make their investigations relevant to the everyday needs of citizens, the economy, and organisations in the corporate, public and non-profit sectors. We live in challenging times for researchers and practitioners who seek to have an impact on the world. New technologies and socio-cultural and geopolitical
developments have generated propaganda, fake news, misinformation and ideological
manipulation. In many cases the very authority of science is under question, often
being used as a vehicle for perception management and mis-management. What is the social impact of social science in our time? How should we analyse and assess impact? What are the best ways for the epistemic communities of social scientists to respond to current challenges? How can one avoid the abuses of scientific authority, which contribute to propaganda and mass manipulation? How should social science communities deal with the confusion and turmoil created by propaganda? How can communities of social scientists increase the positive social impact of their research and findings?
The conference organizers welcome submissions in any one or more of the following
• theoretical or conceptual, exploring the role of social science in the broadest sense in
producing impact at the global, regional, national and/or local levels;
• individual case studies of particular organisations and sectors and/or geographical
spaces, with implications for particular populations;
• how the social sciences are employed, or misappropriated, by the new propaganda
and media manipulation;
• considering ways in which the social sciences could respond to the challenges
mentioned above by increasing the positive social impact of their methods, research
Paper proposals from any academic discipline are welcome, as are proposals from
practitioners working on specific impact projects. Submissions are welcome for either individual paper presentations or whole panel sessions and workshops. Submissions from individuals or teams of researchers working with activists and/or practitioners are also encouraged, as are submissions from early career scholars.
To submit an individual paper presentation for consideration, please email an abstract of no more than 200 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by 24 October 2019. The abstract should be accompanied by:
• Full contact information for each author
• Institutional or organisational affiliation (where available) for each author
• A biographical statement of no more than 5 lines for each author
To submit a proposal for a panel session, presentation or workshop, please email
the following information to email@example.com by 4 October 2019:
• Panel/workshop title
• Outline of the panel/workshop theme and details of planned activities or proposed
presentations (as appropriate)
• Full contact information for all authors and panel/workshop convenor(s)
• Institutional or organisational affiliation (where available) for all authors and
• A biographical statement of no more than 5 lines for each author and panel/workshop
• Professor Marian Zulean – Professor habil. and Director of the Division of Social
Sciences, Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB), Romania.
• Associate Professor Gaby Ramia, Public Policy Program, Department of Government
and International Relations, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of
Sydney, Australia; 2019 Visiting Professorial Fellow, ICUB, Romania.
• Dr. Ioana Ramia, Lecturer and Research Fellow, Centre for Social Impact, UNSW
Sydney; 2019 Visiting Fellow, Research Institute for Quality of Life, Romanian
• Professor Dragos Paul Aligica, Department of Economic and Administrative Sciences
at the University of Bucharest and Senior Research Fellow at Mercatus Center at
George Mason University.
• Diana Dumitrescu, PhD Candidate, Project Manager, Division of Social Sciences,
Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB), Romania.
The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest/ICUB
Social Sciences Division, University of Bucharest
Sos. Panduri nr. 90-92, sector 5, Bucharest