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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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Special Economic Zones for Refugee Employment

Most refugees flee to neighbouring haven countries where jobs are scarce. The governments of these havens consequently deny them the right to work. Refugees pass years dependent on aid in camps, or take clandestine work in which they are highly vulnerable.

people looking for water

Smart Handpumps

844 million people lack access to basic drinking water. The majority live in Africa and Asia, often depending on handpumps, which lift groundwater.

Miss Melissa Skorka

21st Century Terrorist Political Adaptation to Western Policy

This project has created new synergies between academia and public institutions, while promoting Oxford’s Changing Character of War Programme as a world-leader in policy-relevant research-led innovation.

Professor Katherine Blundell

Global Jet Watch for Social Change

A key aim in astrophysics is to understand how matter behaves in the vicinity of black holes in galaxies across the Universe, especially those in our own Milky Way.

Dr Ian Griffiths (Mathematical Institute)

Mitigation of arsenic mass poisoning: a unified experimental and theoretical approach

The Ganges–Brahmaputra Delta is a global hotspot for arsenic groundwater contamination. Naturally occurring arsenic concentrates in water drawn from deep wells, creating a major public health issue in West Bengal and Bangladesh, which has been described as the largest mass poisoning of a population in history.

Ms Alice Purkiss

Trusted Source Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Trusted Source was a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the University of Oxford and the National Trust which responded to the challenge of creating resilient and long term relationships between the heritage sector and academia.

medical equipment


There is currently a lack of funding and industrial expertise available to help translate innovative, world class, biomedical discoveries at Oxford University into next generation drug discovery programmes that can be commercialised for patient benefit.

Women Speak Out

Women Speak Out: An Academic-Community Collaboration to Explore the Links Between HIV, Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights Among Women with Drug Dependence

Women Speak Out is an academic-community collaboration between Oxford University and the Indonesian Drug Users Network aimed at addressing HIV and gender-based violence among drug-using women in Indonesia.

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

laser measuring lines

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.