The Global Impact of UK Research
This collection of our top 20 favourite impact stories shows how UK research is improving the lives of people around the world
These stories were selected from the 6,975 impact case studies submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) – the system that’s used to assess the research quality of all UK universities. Our judges reviewed this massive database and picked the top 20 most impressive examples of UK research contributing to global development. A team of science writers worked with the relevant researchers and universities to re-write the case studies into engaging stories.
Amongst the 20 impact stories are research projects on using bees to stop hungry elephants, halting bird flu, painful tropical diseases and bringing peace to Nepal. These stories demonstrate just how important research is to inclusive, sustainable development.
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This case study looks at how the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project uses interdisciplinary research and academic/non-academic partnerships to support climate change adaptation.
Driving the worldwide health response to the threat of avian influenza
Improving water quality and healthcare to reduce diarrhoeal disease in Malawi
Creating disease-resistant crops to help feed millions
Guarding the world against a common, but highly neglected disease
Encouraging welfare and social development through Conditional Cash Transfers
Revolutionising the world’s understanding of poverty and how to fight it
Helping countries recover and rebuild after serious conflict
Supporting a landmark global agreement on tackling climate change
Creating the world’s biggest marine reserve to support the biodiversity and people of the Indian Ocean
Protecting vulnerable populations from the negative effects of low mobility
Using honeybees to keep crop-raiding elephants out of farmer's fields
Building towards education for all using mobile learning resources
Evaluating and improving major road networks across the world
Designing gender and human development policies to prevent conflict in West Africa
Supporting innovation and the private sector in inclusive African development
Conserving mangrove trees in Africa to protect local livelihoods
Preventing household air pollution to improve public health