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Impact and the Social Sciences

The following slides give examples of types of impact in the Social Sciences.

Impact and the Social Sciences

Impact case studies

Impact was assessed as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 through impact case studies.  The following links give the Social Sciences Impact case studies submitted by the University of Reading to the REF.

UoA 16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning

Commercial leases policy and practice

Making the built environment & public transport more user friendly for visually-impaired people

Research informs new British Standard for construction procurement, benefitting industry and clients

Understanding & integrating communities through neighbourhood planning process

UoA 17: Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology

Enhancing heritage management & capacity building European wetland archaeology

Improving public understanding of social diversity in Roman Britain

Silchester town live project; enhancing public awareness, knowledge of the archaeology of Iron Age and Roman Britain

Enhancing support for young carers & families affected by HIV

Improving the provision of climate & weather information to smallholders in Africa and south Asia

Supporting the analysis & development of housing policy to increase affordability

UoA 19: Business and Management

Enhancing government (UK Trade & Investment) performance through improving UK SME sector exports

Impact on European Union Horizon 2020 research co-operation policy and enhancing support for international collaboration in research and innovation

Improving targeting of subsidies for inward direct investments into the UK

Improving organisation attainment through increasing trust in stakeholder relationships

Influencing United Nations 'technical advice to emerging economies' industrial policies towards emerging market multinational enterprises

UoA 20: Law

Community of property: informing law reform on matrimonial property agreements

Enhancing understanding of Sharia family law in England and Wales

NHS treatment rationing and priority-setting: improving ethical decision-making amongst UK healthcare providers

Reshaping the policy debate around public perceptions of the regulation of health and safety

UoA 21: Politics and International Studies

Defending and exemplifying the importance of classical strategy to military practice

Improving public understanding of debate about democratic reform

Improving UK anti-corruption policy in stabilisation environments and fragile states

UoA 25: Education

Enhancing foreign language listening strategies and motivation

Increasing understanding of the importance of phonics in the development of early years reading

Resourcing multilingual education in Africa

All University of Reading Impact case studies can be found at the following link:

Impact case studies from competitor institutions can be found at the following link:

A searchable database of all REF case studies is at the following link:


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Contact the impact team

Anthony Atkin, Research Impact Manager

  • Telephone: ext. 7411

Tracey Duncombe, Research Impact Officer for Health and Food

  • Telephone: ext. 4182

Jessica Lutkin, Research Impact Officer for Heritage and Creativity

  • Telephone: ext. 7395

Katie Cooper, Research Impact Officer for Environment

Telephone: ext. TBC


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