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Impact case studies

The Oxford Impacts series celebrates the range of impacts the University has on the world of policy, health, business and culture. All of this is enabled by the world-leading research of Oxford academics. This set of case studies showcases academic research, across a range of subjects, that has had an impact on the world.

If you know of some impact from Oxford research which we should showcase please contact the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team.

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Improving social provision in China

An Oxford academic helps mould the young leaders who will make a difference in the world’s economic powerhouse.

Managing the risk of surface water flooding

Managing the risk of surface water flooding

Research by the University of Oxford, in conjunction with the London School of Economics, is playing a key role in combating one of Britain’s most persistent natural hazards.

Speech analysis

Improving treatment of speech disorders

An Oxford University researcher has developed a telephone-based system to help clinicians diagnose and treat patients with diseases that affect their voice.

Cryocooler compressors

Providing the technology for ‘space refrigerators’

Engineers at Oxford have made key improvements to the design of cryocoolers, an important cooling component of satellites, thereby contributing to many successful satellite missions and to reduced launch costs.

Professor Derek Siveter addressing UNESCO

Preserving an exceptional fossil site for future generations

Research carried out at the University of Oxford has helped to demonstrate the extraordinary significance of a fossil site in China for understanding evolution at the time of the Cambrian explosion, culminating in its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012.

Turning orange into grapefruit

Turning orange into grapefruit

Research in the Department of Chemistry into the action of natural enzymes is finding a commercial application in the global flavours and fragrances market.

Peter Tufano

Making winners out of savers

Oxford research leads to new legislation in the United States to improve financial planning among ordinary Americans.

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How to get rid of industrial waste: feed it to bacteria

A spin-out company is pioneering the use of bacteria that literally eat the toxic by-products of high-tech engineering.

Professor Bent Flyvbjerg

Understanding ambition

It is human nature to be optimistic. If asked, we will almost all claim to be good drivers; statistics indicate that the truth is otherwise. Research by Professor Bent Flyvbjerg of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School has analysed this sensibility, among other things, to achieve a better understanding of ambition and risk in megaprojects.

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Smartphones become Smart Stones

Research at Oxford is demonstrating how ordinary smartphones can be turned into cheap, simple devices to monitor climate and environment.

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