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Social Anthropology

Gallery installation filmed by the Granada Centre

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 significant social impact, including the following: 

Recent highlights of impact – case studies

Between 2008 and 2014, highlights of the social impact of our research, presented as Impact Case Studies to the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment exercise in 2014, involved: 

  • establishing a new agenda for social welfare in Africa;
  • adding to a greater understanding about the negative health impacts caused by constant aircraft noise in Japan;
  • identifying mechanisms to help Lebanon draw up plans for its National Sustainable Development Strategy. 

Details of these case studies follow.

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.

Art exhibition drives debate on aircraft noise and human health

An exhibition combining acoustic science and landscape art is highlighting the negative health impacts of continuous aircraft noise.

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.