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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Identifying risk and building resilience in complex infrastructure systems

Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute has developed new modelling tools to help decision makers identify risks from climate-related infrastructure failure and build long-term resilience.

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Towards the circularity of plastics

Researchers at the Department of Chemistry are developing technologies to make recycling plastics easy, clean and affordable – promoting a truly ‘circular economy’ for the material.

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Uncovering Europe’s Stories

The Oxford University research project Europe’s Stories, led by Professor Timothy Garton Ash, aims to explore what Europeans really think about Europe, what people’s real experiences of Europe are, and what they want the EU to do by 2030.

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Building the ‘infrastructure’ for innovation and translation

The Medical Sciences Division’s Business Partnerships Office is celebrating ten years of developing productive relationships and supporting effective collaborations with industry.


The Nahrein Network

After decades of conflict, invasion, occupation and sanctions, how can universities, museums, and community groups in Iraq and its neighbours be supported to improve the social, cultural, economic and educational benefits of local people?

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Boosting life chances for resettled refugees

Software developed by an international team including Dr Alex Teytelboym from Oxford University is helping to resettle refugees in communities where they are more likely to flourish.

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Driving policy change to prevent maternal deaths

The MBRRACE programme is influencing policy and services to support pregnant women and prevent maternal deaths.

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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.