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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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Demystifying private sector standards bodies

Pioneering research has uncovered the inherent secrecy of global rule-making bodies, making them more accountable, enhancing democracy and illustrating the winners and losers from their practices.

Professor Jonathan Michie

The value of mutuality

Lord Byron once said he detested everything that wasn’t perfectly mutual. Research by the University of Oxford suggests that his words have added resonance in the wake of the global financial crisis.

Niger wetlands

How changes to inland waters impact regional climates

Oxford scientists have developed a computer model showing how different amounts of surface water can effect changes in regional climate.

Bank of England

Geometry to the rescue

An Oxford economist applies auction theory and geometry to help the Bank of England.

Discovering the rainforest ‘diversity police’

Discovering the rainforest ‘diversity police’

University of Oxford-led research reveals that fungi regulate diversity in rain forests.

Sustainable heritage

Sustainable heritage

An Oxford academic helps reveal the hidden stories of Britain’s country houses.

The best of all possible apps sees Candide enter the 21st century

The best of all possible apps sees Candide enter the 21st century

An Oxford academic oversees the digitisation of René Pomeau’s definitive critical edition of Candide.

The past in our own backyards

The past in our own backyards

East Oxford has always been a place of migration: even in Roman times there were waves of new arrivals settling in the area.

Particle accelerator physics for the masses

Particle accelerator physics for the masses

A University of Oxford outreach project about accelerator physics was conceived to inspire young minds in Oxfordshire, but has gone much further than anyone could have imagined.

A revolution in solar power technology

A revolution in solar power technology

World-leading research in the Department of Physics the University of Oxford looks set to deliver low-cost, high-efficiency photovoltaic technology that could finally rival energy generation from fossil fuels.

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