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Here be dragons

Alison Dawson

Mapping research and identifying gaps in the evidence base for design which supports and enables people with dementia to live as well as they are able to. The sun is shining and the skies are blue over the University of Stirling this morning. The conference room of the Iris Murdoch Building is filled with people

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The importance of prioritising health for children

Michael Rigby

Children form a fifth of the population in Europe; and the whole of the future population – they will grow up to become the future workforce, parents, and informal carers; in due course they will progress to become the future older citizens. Therefore, child health should be everybody’s business – for altruistic, societal and economic

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Why the creation of successful partnerships is essential for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Monica Thiel

I find the concept of partnerships an interesting and vital one for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is mainly due to the multiple social and business relationships that shape and modify the partnership process and determine partner responsibility. Partnerships require systemic innovation within differing organizational structures and goals across sectors

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Brexit and the ‘Real World Impact’ Debate: Reflections on the Role of Social Sciences

Professor Alex De Ruyter - Policy, Science/Sociology

Since becoming Director of the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University in 2017, the UK’s first ever research centre devoted to the study of all things Brexit, I have found it challenging to keep my academic hat of “objective aloofness” on. After all, Brexit strikes to the heart of the future trajectory of

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How can knowledge and practice work in partnership to create a healthier society?

Michael Chang - Health

On this World Health Day, I would like to highlight and celebrate those professionals working at the interface of environment and public health to make health their everyday business. More than ever, in research and in practice, we are recognising and having a better understanding of the fact that our health and wellbeing is influenced

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2019 – The focus for Impact

Dr Julie Bayley

In this blog, Julie reflects on her impact resolutions for 2018 – and considers what 2019 may bring. What are you main thoughts on your #taketheleap pledges from 2018? In 2018 I pledged to #taketheleap by committing to support professional development of the impact community. It has been a genuine concern of mine for some

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Open and honest: The future of research publishing has landed

Tony Roche

A new chapter for research publishing has started and, for everyone at Emerald, open research forms a vital step towards our vision of real impact. Like with all research publishing landmarks in the past 50 years – whether it be the arrival of the internet, digital technology or social media – change must be embraced.

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WikiRate – Designed for Impact

Dr Richard Mills

Humanity faces serious issues of sustainability, and the behaviour of companies is woven deeply into many of the problems (and possible solutions). The issues concern everyone, but the relevant data is scarce and access to the most comprehensive sources is heavily restricted. Furthermore, the determination of what constitutes relevant data on company impacts is itself

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Seasons Greetings

It’s time to wind down and look back on the past year. It’s been a busy one for us with a new CEO, new products, new partnerships, winning awards and much more, and we want to say thank you for all your support. Next year promises to be equally if not more exciting. We’re also

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‘Build it and they will come’ versus ‘the community readiness approach’. What leads to better implementation?

Shahid Islam, Neil Small

In 2003 Professor Sally Macintyre wrote an editorial for the BMJ which made a crucial point, it stated – “unfortunately, knowing the prevalence and causes of a health problem does not always tell us the most effective way to reduce it”. But not knowing the most effective way does not always stop implementers ‘doing something’.

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