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The Results are In!

We kicked off 2018 by asking what impact resolutions all of us could make to improve the level of real world impact made from research and now the results are in!

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Integrating Real World Impacts to enact meta-Real World Impact

Kathryn Hardwick Franco - Environment

Climate change is increasingly having a direct impact on those in rural areas who rely on the climate for their income and livelihoods. Will high-polluting countries accept these peoples as climate change refugees? Kathryn Hardwick Franco, Doctor of Education Candidate Flinders University, shares her thoughts on how research on the impact of climate change on rural communities can be used to make real world changes.

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In 2018 I will #TakeTheLeap by…

Dr Julie Bayley

Dr Julie Bayley is a Health Psychologist at Coventry University and the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Impact Champion, winning that coveted award for excelling above all others in ‘supporting the translation of research into societal impact’. In this blog, Julie sets out her own impact resolutions for 2018 – and advises how you might ‘take the leap’ to enhance the impact of your research.

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Brexit and the real world impact debate: some reflections on the role of social sciences

Professor Alex De Ruyter - Policy

For academics, Brexit brings up difficult issues in terms of whether one’s role is merely to observe and comment on the process as it unfolds, or to explicitly argue for or against it, says Professor Alex De Ruyter, Director of the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University.

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Making research accessible to the non-specialist

Sharon Parkinson - Education

Sharon Parkinson shares her thoughts on being part of the judging panel at the 8th Annual University of Leeds Postgraduate Research Conference, highlighting the role impact and potential impact plays in the nomination process for the Postgraduate Researcher of the Year Award.

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Assessing the impact of Research Learning Communities

Professor Chris Brown - Education

Professor Chris Brown, School of Education and Childhood Studies, University of Portsmouth and author of the newly published book Achieving Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice in Education: EvidencED shares his experiences of working with teachers and school leaders using high quality research evidence to improve specific teaching and learning in their schools.

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How can practitioners help strengthen applied research?

Dr Richard Teare - Education

Dr Richard Teare, Managing Editor of Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes (WHATT) gives his opinion on how practitioners can help strengthen research. WHATT aims to make a practical and theoretical contribution to hospitality and tourism development by focusing on key industry issues.

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Not really a dirty word: human rights for a real world impact on our health

Dr Theo Gavrielides - Health

Dr Theo Gavrielides, Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, believes that human rights can act as levers that can lift even the most powerful obstacles in the pursuit of dignity and justice, and argues that research can inform, support and, ultimately, greatly improve the delivery of care services.

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Does social science ‘research with impact’ actually make any impact in the real world?

Simon Linacre - Science/Sociology

‘Real world impact’ is an increasingly significant part of the research process. But immature and improper definition of the term is leading to misrepresentation. We need to refresh the debate, argues Simon Linacre, Emerald’s Head of Business, Management and Economics Journals.

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