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Real World Impact is about making a difference.  Communities joining together to find ways to make bigger changes in the real world.

We appreciate it’s not always easy for academics & researchers to see the impact of their work in the real world.  Changing rules and incentives make it even more complicated and sometimes work against you. That’s why we have launched ‘Real World Impact’ to aid the cause and call on research communities to come together and break down the barriers that stand in your way.

The first step is awareness – so that's where we've begun. We're kicking off debates and discussions to create the kind of positive change that can only come when academics and practitioners work together. We believe small steps can lead to a big change.

So join in our debates, have your say in our blogs and read our useful toolkits to help bring your research to life.  Together we can make a difference.

Latest blogs

Image: Laptop.The impact of business research

Chatura Ranaweera is Associate Professor of Marketing at Lazaridis School of Business. His main area of research is service and relationship marketing. Here he discusses the need for research to have a real world impact on business practice and what needs to be done to bridge the gap and implement this change.

Image: Woman.Why feminism still matters (for criminology and everyone else for that matter!)

Professor Sandra Walklate and Kate Fitz-Gibbon are two editors of a brand new book series – , and have written this blog to explain the continuing importance of feminist perspectives in Criminology. 

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Nicholas Maxwell has taught philosophy at University College London for almost 30 years, and has devoted much of his working life to emphasize the need for a revolution in academic inquiry, so that the basic aim becomes not just to acquire knowledge, but to seek and promote social wisdom.

Image: Stephen Kemp.Celebrating Pathways to Impact

Stephen Kemp, an independent consultant providing advice and training to universities and researchers to help them win research funding and boost the impact of their research, shares his thoughts on 'Pathways to Impact' and the importance of embracing impact focus. Stephen's background includes a PhD and postdoctoral research in chemistry and positions as an EPSRC portfolio manager, university funding development manager and university impact manager.

Image: Harriet Barker.Stakeholder causal scope to bridge the industry – academia collaboration gap

Harriet Barker has a strong understanding of impact from different institutional and disciplinary perspectives thanks to her career in varying sectors of research. Here she shares her thoughts on the 'who' in impact, encouraging us to think about who has the power to implement research in order to benefit the real world.

Image: Dr. Riad Shams.Stakeholder causal scope to bridge the industry – academia collaboration gap

Analysing the cause and consequence of stakeholder relationships and interactions is key to unlocking the potentials of bridging the industry – academia research collaboration gap, says Dr. Riad Shams, Senior Research Fellow, Ural Federal University, Russia.



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