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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: Guitar.How Researching Heavy Metal and Goth Makes an Impact

Karl Spracklen is a Professor of Music, Leisure and Culture at Leeds Beckett University. His research interests include music, subcultures and identity. Here, Professor Spracklen discusses the real impact of research on metal music. 


Image: People.The Impact of Research for Family Owned Businesses

Claire Seaman is Professor of Enterprise and Family Business at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Her main areas of research encompass networks and leadership in family owned businesses. Here she discusses the need for researchers to work with business organisations to identify information of direct use to policy makers.


Image: Chartered Accountants.Improving Collaboration and Innovation between Commerce and Business Researchers

James Guthrie, Head of Academic Relations, engages with accounting academics and stakeholders in the Australian higher education system and shares his thoughts on promoting partnerships between business schools and the real world.


Image: Governance of the Smart Mobility Transition.Governance of the Smart Mobility Transition – An Agenda for Researchers and Practitioners

Louise Reardon and Greg Marsden, editors of 'Governance of the Smart Mobility Transition', have looked at the real world impact of  'smart' technology in vehicles and how this could provide mobility solutions.  With more recent advances in this technology, is the potential impact that these changes could bring being given enough focus?


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 – Emerald Studies in Criminology, Feminism and Social Change, and have written this blog to explain the continuing importance of feminist perspectives in Criminology. 




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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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