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:
- Chairing the working group on the ethics cosmetic procedures of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics to produce an influential report (Jeanette Edwards).
- 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, publics) can engage with each other (Penny Harvey, Petra Kalshoven).
- Working with a range of anti-racist organisations in Latin America to strengthen their work and build networks to exchange experiences of efficacious anti-racist action (Peter Wade).
- Producing the first official bilingual (Kyrgyz and Tajik-language) textbook in Kyrgyzstan for children in secondary school that addresses the dynamics of local community coexistence and resource use through the lens of local history (Madeleine Reeves).
- 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).
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.