Evolution of the Chapter
The Chapter has evolved from a small group of pioneers of IB research and scholarship in the UK to a large and vibrant community encompassing the UK and Ireland and embracing many other parts of the world. The annual conference has become a leading international conference in the field of IB attracting participants from Europe and beyond. The number of papers has risen considerably, and the rigour of papers has also increased. Developing support for doctoral students and early career researchers has been a prominent feature of the Chapter. Providing help to develop competencies in research design and methods at the conference and in events connected to the Chapter has contributed to enhancing the research and scholarly environment associated with IB. The Chapter has expanded and enhanced the organisational structure by setting up an Executive Body.
The work of this body includes strategy and operations for the annual conference. The Executive also works to develop training in research design and methods, helping to publish in high quality journals, linking IB scholars to other academic communities and user groups. The Chapter also sought to encourage greater participation in the IB community by women, doctorial students and user groups. The work is of course not finished. In many areas only limited progress has been made thus far, especially in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness, and engagement with users. New issues that need to be addressed are also emerging. The vision and oversight of the creators of the Chapter in 1973 has been taken up and developed by a host of Chairs and members of the Executive with the unstinting help and encouragement of leading people in the IB community in the UK and Ireland. The work of the Chapter has also been supported by leading IB scholars from Europe. The ambition of the Chapter is to build on its inheritance to address the challenges and opportunities that it now faces.