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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Exposing the hidden dimensions of poverty

A new multidimensional model of poverty, developed by Oxford researchers and ATD Fourth World, is helping to define and address the hidden dimensions of poverty.

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Researchers at Oxford Vaccine Group have developed machine learning software to predict the efficacy of flu vaccines, offering huge potential for other vaccine research.

Uncomfortable Oxford Map by designer and illustrator Kati Lacey.

Exploring ‘uncomfortable’ Oxford

A social enterprise, set up by Oxford University graduate students, is bringing uncomfortable aspects of Oxford’s history and society to public audiences in the city.

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Right book… right time… right place

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr and colleagues have developed the award-winning LitHits app, which allows users to access great literature in unexpected ways.

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Collaborating to improve maternal health

An innovative collaboration between Oxford University and hospitals in India is developing evidence and interventions to reduce maternal mortality.

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Industry partnerships: building a framework for success

An innovative new service approach is formalising the Department of Oncology’s relationship with industry, increasing the reach of its equipment and expertise in support of life-changing research across the world.

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Blow-up in Bissau

A photographic exhibition organised by Dr Ramon Sarró and colleagues has helped re-establish the National Ethnographic Museum in Guinea-Bissau.

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A picture of health

A consortium of academic, NHS, and commercial partners is using Artificial Intelligence to improve analysis of medical images – and enable better care for patients.

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Tackling antibiotic resistance

Jürgen Brem and colleagues in the Department of Chemistry are collaborating with academic and industry partners to develop therapies tackling antibiotic resistance.

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The many lives of land

An Oxford University project is exploring what land means to the people and communities who own, occupy, or live from it – as a way to strengthen environmental sustainability and social justice.