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.

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Misbehaving Bodies: challenging perceptions of illness, death, and disability

The Misbehaving Bodies exhibition brought together the work of two artists of different generations, Oxford University’s Oreet Ashery and feminist artist Jo Spence, who died with cancer in 1992.

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Combating drug-resistant malaria

Oxford University research has contributed to strategies to eliminate malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, helping to prevent the spread of drug-resistant malaria and improving health provision and outcomes for remote communities.

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Rough Paths: gaining insights and building solutions

Researchers in the Department of Mathematical Science are using the mathematics of ‘rough paths’ and signatures to enhance the analysis of complex streams of data – helping to identify practical solutions to real-world challenges.

Painting of Frederick Delius in the garden of his home at Grez sur Loing, France

Digital Delius

Researchers from the Faculty of Music have catalogued the work of British composer, Frederick Delius, and engaged with audiences to increase knowledge and understanding of his music and the process of composition.

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Improving national literacy levels in the Republic of the Sudan

David Johnson from the Department of Education has developed the first National Literacy Assessments for Sudan and worked with the government and other partners on measures to boost children’s literacy.

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Improving technology to support offshore wind production

An Oxford research team has improved engineering design for the ‘monopile’ foundations that support offshore wind turbines – reducing costs to enable the economic scale up of wind energy.

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The Jewish Country Houses Project

Researchers in the Faculty of History are working to establish the ‘Jewish country house’ as a focus for research and an important site of British and European culture and memory.

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Transforming Central Bank Communications: wider communication with targeted audiences

Michael McMahon and colleagues have developed evidence on the importance of central banks communicating beyond traditional audiences – influencing the Bank of England, and other central banks, to engage more effectively with the public.

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Tackling climate change by researching routes to greenhouse gas removal

Since 2003, researchers at the University of Oxford have been conducting research on approaches to greenhouse gas removal from the atmosphere.

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Making the case for sugar taxes: UK, Ireland and Mexico

Researchers at the University of Oxford have made the case for sugar taxes to reduce obesity and boost health – influencing policy in Mexico, Ireland, and the UK.