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Research Engagement and Impact

Our research impact goes beyond academic life. We're helping to make our world a safer and more equitable place for everyone.

We seek to advance world-leading research and scholarship, through productive mutual engagement with diverse stakeholders, to create new knowledge that has societal benefits. Our impact ambition is three-fold:

  1. Co-produce robust research findings that improve evidence-based decision-making, risk-management and resource allocation by research partner organisations.
  2. Use original research to improve the everyday lives of vulnerable people.
  3. Develop better research through new methodological, participatory, and dissemination techniques that raise public understanding and inform the impact practices of other researchers.

Through our two research centres, the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) and Policy Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS), we have a long and proven history of engagement and impact. Research in the school is renowned for its involvement in producing economic, social and cultural impacts through its use of creative and participatory methodologies.


Ongoing research collaborations include co-designed research with:

  • governments (national, local and international)
  • NGOs
  • health bodies
  • the voluntary and cultural sectors
  • charities, environmental groups
  • social movements
  • local communities

The School's research impact extends from Newcastle to Prague to the Cape Flora Region in South Africa, amongst many other cities, regions and countries.

Our engagement and impact strategy is guided by our School values and commitment to social justice, equality, and sustainability, and can be found here.

Our impact stories