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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 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.

Dülük Baba Tepesi

Smartphones become Smart Stones

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

dyslexia

Helping to dispel the misery of dyslexia

Research by Professor John Stein at the University of Oxford has shown that the simple solution of using yellow or blue filters can significantly improve many dyslexic children’s reading.

Government building

Influencing HIV/AIDS policy in India through mathematical modelling

Mathematical research at the University of Oxford has played a significant role in shaping the Indian Government’s response to the growing HIV/AIDS crisis.

Anna Imburi

Saving the world’s threatened languages

Oxford linguists play a major role in preserving two Austronesian languages.

Urban hotspots

Getting critical

Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute analyses the risks to the nation’s infrastructure.

London

Helping the ‘Greeks’ to run faster

Mathematical techniques developed by Professor Mike Giles have led to substantial reductions in the complexity of the Monte Carlo computer simulations run by large banks, cutting both computing costs and energy consumption.

Filling machine at Schott

Mathematics in the design and manufacture of novel glass products

Equations devised at the University of Oxford underpin modelling software used by market-leading glass companies, helping them to produce flawless products from a substance which is difficult to control.

Balancing conservation

Balancing conservation and commerce in the world’s forests

Research into forest ecology at the University of Oxford is helping to reconcile the competing pressures of biodiversity and economic development.

Medieval plainsong

Medieval plainsong gets a contemporary makeover

An Oxford academic helps bring holy music of the middle ages to life.

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