Call for Proposals

2023 Data-Intensive Research Conference

August 2-3, 2023 | Minneapolis, MN & online

NDIRA, a collaboration between IPUMS and the University of Minnesota Life Course Center, is currently accepting submissions for the 2023 Data-Intensive Research Conference, to be held in person in Minneapolis, Minnesota; key components of the program will also be available to virtual participants. The conference theme is How Place Shapes Health and Wellbeing through the Life Course. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2023.

How Place Shapes Health and Wellbeing through the Life Course

Throughout the life course, individuals are embedded in a variety of places and environments, including countries, states, cities, neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces, that shape health and wellbeing in myriad ways. Analyzing associations between place and wellbeing along with the pathways through which places impact health and wellbeing is increasingly important. We conceive of health and wellbeing broadly and welcome submissions that consider, for example, the role of place on physical and cognitive functioning (including AD/ADRD), disability, morbidity, mortality, economic wellbeing, life satisfaction, happiness, and stress. 

We welcome submissions that leverage large-scale population data to examine the role of place in shaping wellbeing throughout the life course in the U.S. and global contexts. We are particularly interested in submissions that use IPUMS data and are informed by a life course perspective, especially those with an emphasis on aging. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  1. Spatial inequalities and disparate outcomes
  2. Early life conditions and later life outcomes
  3. Role of structural disparities in shaping wellbeing throughout the life course 
  4. Migration, caregiving, and social support
  5. Country, state, and other place-based policy impacts on wellbeing
  6. Urban and rural health and wellbeing
  7. Neighborhood effects on health and wellbeing
  8. Climate and health

All submissions will be considered for both paper and poster sessions. We strongly encourage submissions from new and early stage investigators, scholars who identify as being members of systemically excluded groups, and from new interdisciplinary teams.

Instructions for submitting a proposal:

Authors are asked to submit a short abstract (150 words) and either an extended abstract (2-5 pages) or a completed paper. Submissions will be considered for paper sessions as well as poster sessions. 

We will offer travel support to attend the conference for some selected presenters. Recipients of travel support will receive reimbursement for some or all of the following expenses: domestic airfare, ground travel, lodging, and meals. The abstract submission form allows authors to report interest in travel support. Funding will be awarded with consideration for NDIRA’s emphasis on increasing diversity in aging research with specific attention to supporting early career scholars, scholars from systemically excluded groups, and researchers outside of R1 institutions.