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Middlesex University Dubai concludes largest ever edition of ERPBSS

  • Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Middlesex University Dubai virtually hosted the Sixth Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences (ERPBSS 2020) conference on the theme of ‘Resilience’ from 24th to 26th February 2022. Building upon the success of its previous editions, this 6th edition of the biennial conference featured 160+ presentations and 300+ presenters and speakers from over 30 countries.

The opening session of the conference saw inspiring keynotes from Professor Michael Ungar, Professor of Social Work, Dalhousie University, & Director, Resilience Research Centre; Mr Suriyan Vichitlekarn, Executive Director of Mekong Institute; Dr. Alaa Garad, University of Portsmouth; and Professor Sarah Bradshaw, Professor of Gender and Sustainable Development, Middlesex University London.

Across the extensive multidisciplinary 3-day conference, there were over 160 research and practitioner papers presented, along with several plenary and panel sessions and student poster presentations. The nine special tracks brought together specialists from different fields to take part in meaningful discourse about topics as diverse as Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, Agile and Resilient Supply Chains, Transformative Marketing, Technology in Education, Sustainable Development, Health and Wellbeing, Entrepreneurship, and Economics. The conference wrapped up with an engaging workshop on ‘Special Needs Education’ and a ceremony that presented delegates with ‘Best Research Paper’ and ‘Best Student Paper’ awards.

Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University and Director of Middlesex University Dubai said: “Organising a conference of this scale, albeit virtual, requires months of planning and preparation. I want to express my thanks to the conference Chair, Dr. Sreejith Balasubramanian, and Co-Chairs, Dr. Lynda Hyland, Dr. Supriya Kaitheri, and Dr. Nishtha Lamba and Deputy Director, Dr. Cody Paris for putting together a comprehensive programme.”

Commenting on the success of the conference, Dr Sreejith Balasubramanian, Chair of the Research Committee said: “We are delighted that this edition of the conference turned out to be our biggest and most inclusive ever since we first launched 11 years ago. This itself shows the resilience of our student, academic and industry community, who despite the time difference, came together to share the lessons learned from the pandemic and ideas shaping the post-pandemic world.”

To learn more about upcoming conferences and research events, please visit https://www.mdx.ac.ae/research.

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