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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.

Professor Mark Howarth

Superglues from Pathogenic Bacteria

Synthetic biology, the engineering of living systems, is likely to generate major changes to society in areas including energy, healthcare and agriculture.

medical equipment

Building Strategic Partnerships in Digital Health

The National Health Service is in crisis. Constrained spending for a population with increasing healthcare demands means it is critical that we adopt innovative strategies for delivering healthcare in the 21st century.

Dr Carl Benedikt Frey

The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerisation?

In this project, Frey and his team developed a novel approach to measure the exposure of jobs to automation. They did so against a background of the rapidly expanding scope of tasks computer technologies can perform, following recent developments in machine learning and various sub-fields of artificial intelligence.


Parenting for Lifelong Health

Africa has the highest rates of child abuse in the world, but no programmes that have been shown to prevent this. Academics at Oxford University worked with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the University of Cape Town to create and scientifically test a series of free workshops to support families in bringing up their teenagers.

Dr Jennifer Lucey

Putting ‘no deforestation’ into Practice in Tropical Commodity Industries

Palm oil (PO) is the world’s primary source of vegetable oil, and rapid expansion of the industry has caused widespread deforestation. The Roundtable on Sustainable palm oil (RSPO) certification standard was set up to address these issues.

Professor Paul Newman

Where am I? Large Scale Infrastructure-Free Navigation for All The Vehicles - From An Oxford Lab to a Globally Leading Company

From 2005 to 2017 Paul Newman led the Oxford Mobile Robotics Group (MRG) within the Dept. of Engineering Science. In 2017 MRG become the Oxford Robotics Institute. During this time he led the development of a suite of technology that enabled autonomous vehicles to navigate with zero dependence on infrastructure at scale. It is a foundation technology.


GDm-healthTM: real-time management of gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) affects 5%-16% of all pregnancies in the UK and can lead to complications for the mother and baby if blood glucose (BG) is not tightly controlled. Women require hospital visits every 1-2 weeks. The cost and burden of GDM for both the NHS and the patient are high.

Digital Healthcare Roadmap

Bringing together universities, industry and the NHS to benefit people in the Oxfordshire region and beyond

Oxford AHSN is helping to improve health and prosperity by supporting the spread and adoption of evidence-based clinical innovation

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Near-perfect distance measurement

Professor Armin Reichold has turned fundamental research into commercial success: a highly accurate measurement technique initially developed for an academic project has been given a commercial application through Etalon AG, a German spin-out company.

Mark Springer and Edward Dede

Dramatic research

Although it does not have a discrete drama department, the University of Oxford has many scholars with expertise and research interests in theatre, whether it be Anglophone, European, Chinese, Central Asian or Scandinavian.