The social impact of our research
Our research spans the world, from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East to Latin America, Asia and the UK, and has far-reaching impact.
During the last few years, individuals and teams from The University of Manchester have been or are involved in many research projects that have a significant social impact, including the following:
- Based on research on the legacy projects deriving from the London Olympics, making recommendations to executives and managers of the Paris 2024 Olympics (Gillian Evans).
- Continuing to work with Japanese local councils, local communities and government health officials to assess the impact of aircraft noise and the role of sound memories in PTSD, using innovative audio-visual art-science methods (Rupert Cox).
- Working with Sellafield and British Nuclear Fuels to advise on the social dimensions of the decommissioning of nuclear power plants and to develop novel forums in which diverse stakeholders (technicians, managers, public) can engage with each other (Penny Harvey, Petra Kalshoven).
- Working with a range of anti-racist organisations and anti-racist artists in Latin America, to strengthen their work and build networks to exchange experiences of efficacious anti-racist action. In 2019 and 2023, this research received an 'Outstanding International Engagement' award from Manchester's Office for Social Responsibility (Peter Wade).
- Working collaboratively with hunting and herding communities in Alaska and Siberia, engaging community members as experts and co-producers of knowledge about environmental transformations associated with climate change (Olga Ulturgasheva).
Highlights of research impact
Helping African governments to support their poor
Policy thinkers deny the myth of incapable African states, revealing how sub-Saharan countries can provide a ‘social protection floor’ for their vulnerable citizens.
Artistic methods drive debate on aircraft noise, human health and memory of trauma
An exhibition combining acoustic science and landscape art highlighted the negative health impacts of continuous aircraft noise. Further research explored how the wider sonic environment has an effect on historical and traumatic memories.
Creating the conditions for the formation of a representative task-force to draft a National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) in post-war Lebanon
A University of Manchester researcher led a UN team, in order to identify mechanisms to help Lebanon draw up plans for its National Sustainable Development Strategy.
Research on kinship helps Church find best location for a family centre
Research findings that Papuan New Guinean households form a network spread across Australian and Papua New Guinea guided the location of a Church-run family centre in Cairns, northern Australia.