Research and Engagement

Research Impact

Research that is changing our world and shaping a better future

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We support research collaborations across Schools, mobilising expertise across disciplines to produce new insights and address major societal challenges.

The concept of Social Sciences Humanities and the Arts for People and the Economy (SHAPE) – championed by the British Academy and UKRI – highlights the fundamental role of arts, humanities, and social science disciplines in understanding our world and addressing major societal challenges in order to make the world a better place. The SHAPE initiative promotes the contributions of arts, humanities, and social science research to different audiences: policymakers, industry, funders, employers, and the wider public. 

Our world-leading research has wide-ranging impact on society, whether working with local communities, advising government or influencing international business practices. Our work makes a difference to policy, professional practice, business performance and the wellbeing of communities and cultures.

Explore the impact of our world-leading research