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Real World Impact

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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: 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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Can you incorporate these five changes into your work through 2018 and beyond?

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 – take a look at the results!


Image: Kathryn Hardwick Franco.Integrating Real World Impacts to enact meta-Real World Impact

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.


Image: Dr Julie Bayley.In 2018 I will #TakeTheLeap by...

Dr Julie Bayley is a health Psychologist at Coventry University and the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Impact Champion.

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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Whitepaper: Does anyone use management research?

Independent research

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Academic reward and incentive cultures continue to stifle relationships between management researchers and society


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Gains for us all if academia and practice can overcome barriers to collaboration

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