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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.

Who needs migrant workers

Who needs migrant workers

A definitive piece of work about migrant labour in the UK by researchers at the ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, is being used to inform government policy on labour immigration.

How to be certain of uncertainty in climate and weather forecasts

How to be certain of uncertainty in climate and weather forecasts

Within every weather and climate forecast there is embedded a degree of uncertainty. This is inevitable. The big question for meteorologists and climatologists is: how do you quantify that uncertainty? This is the subject of Professor Tim Palmer’s research at Oxford University.

Cooling babies to save lives

Cooling babies to save lives

Birth asphyxia is a major cause of death and of acquired brain damage in newborn infants. By demonstrating the success of a new cooling treatment, researchers at the University of Oxford have helped bring the new treatment into regular clinical practice.

coastal flooding and cliff erosion

Calculating the risks of coastal flooding and cliff erosion

Scientists at the University of Oxford are developing yet further a computer model that will forecast the environmental risks to Britain’s coastline for decades ahead. This will be of immense value to local authority planning departments.

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Two cancer therapies are better than one

Combining two unrelated treatment technologies might sound strange – but it provides a crucial step towards more effective targeted cancer therapies.

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Innovative genomics

Pioneering the validation of new targets for drug discovery, through a new model of academic–industrial collaboration.

Helping diabetes sufferers

Helping diabetes sufferers

Patients with a particular genetic form of diabetes can now be treated with an oral tablet, which improves their quality of life.

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How global warming is changing tropical forests

Professor Yadvinder Malhi, is leading a team of scientists researching the impact of climate change on the forests of the Peruvian Andes. His report will influence national and international policymaking.

Understanding oil-rich strata

Understanding oil-rich strata

For more than thirty years Oxford geologist Dr Hugh Jenkyns has been researching what rock formations are likely to have produced oil and why.

Archie Brown

A political life

Alongside a fine academic career, the University of Oxford’s Professor Archie Brown has applied his political research — to help shape international relations and make lasting change.

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