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 Innovation and Engagement Team.

Sourav Mondal

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.

Scientists looking at Nanoimager

Cheaper, smaller, super-resolution

A desktop microscope manufactured by Oxford Nanoimaging, a spin-out from Oxford’s Department of Physics, can view individual molecules performing chemical reactions in real-time – even inside living cells.

Tom Hart

To the Zooniverse and beyond

Harnessing the time and skills of millions of volunteers worldwide is proving to be an extremely powerful way of driving research in fields as diverse as history, zoology, physics and even the response to humanitarian disasters.

Statistical expertise in drug discovery

Statistical expertise in drug discovery

A freely-available suite of statistical tools developed at the University of Oxford is providing major companies with valuable tools for drug discovery.

mobile learning technology

Using mobile learning technology to improve access to healthcare in East Africa

The University of Oxford has led a project developing mobile applications designed to advance the training and supervision of community health workers in Kenya

Turning orange into grapefruit

Turning orange into grapefruit

Research in the Department of Chemistry into the action of natural enzymes is finding a commercial application in the global flavours and fragrances market.


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.

Data scientists to the rescue

Data scientists to the rescue

A unique project involving University of Oxford Information Engineers is integrating the skills of computers and people to enable a more effective response to natural and man-made disasters, as well as tackling a wide range of other problems.

Impact case studies

Reforming the IMF and the World Bank

An Oxford academic has addressed G20 members, Commonwealth heads of government, the European Union and the World Economic Forum at Davos.