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Celebrating Research Impact Awards

The Celebrating Research Impact Awards are designed to showcase the very best research impact that has been generated by the University’s academic community in all areas of research. Earlier this year we invited nominations for individuals, teams, or projects conducting world class research that makes a difference.

The first stage of assessment for the nominations is now complete and shortlists agreed for each of the award categories. Shortlisted projects will be showcased and celebrated at the Celebrating Research Impact event in June 2018. Winners will also be announced and prizes awarded at this event.

We are happy to announce that the following projects have been shortlisted:

  • Best UK Public Policy Impact

    This award will recognise Essex research that has contributed to the development of UK public policy at the local, regional, or national government level. This could include direct changes in policy, changes to how decision-makers view issues and the development of more effective and efficient practice by professionals or the users of public services.


    The use of microsimulation for evidence-based policy making in the Scottish Parliament
    Submitted by Paola De Agostini, ISER

    Local government formula funding in England since 2013/14: Lessons for future funding models
    Jim Vine, Essex Business School

    Reducing demand in the care system: reducing recurrent proceedings
    Submitted by Pam Cox, Department of Sociology

  • Best Local or Regional Research Impact

    This award will recognise the impact of University of Essex research within the East of England. Impact in this category could include: contribution to any individual, group, organisation, or community local to our campuses at Colchester, Southend, and Loughton; and contribution to any individual, group, organisation, or community within the East of England, as defined by the Office for National Statistics. Projects that have national or international impact as well as regional impact may be included, but will be judged on the distinctive contribution they make locally and within the East of England, including Essex and East Anglia, and also within Medway and Kent.


    The Catalyst Project – Improving outcomes for vulnerable children and adults in Essex and Suffolk
    Submitted by Aris Perperoglou, Department of Mathematical Sciences

    Managing across organisational boundaries in the Mid Essex health and social care sector.
    Submitted by Martin Harris and Nigel South, Essex Business School and Department of Sociology

    Time banking in Essex: Developing an evaluation methodology
    Submitted by Jason Glynos, Department of Government

  • Best International Research Impact

    This award recognises impact at an international level across countries in business, policy or societal issues. Impact nominated for this category can be within a single country provided that country is not the UK, or can be in more than one country. Impact nominated for this category can include cases where impacts straddle the UK and other countries or impacts on the work of international agencies.


    Joint cross-border public procurement in EU Member States: A feasibility study
    Tobias Polzer, Essex Business School

    Assisting psychosocially survivors of severe adversity; with specific reference to Greece
    Renos Papadopoulos, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

    Nowcasting - Timely indicators for monitoring income inequality and poverty risk
    Led by Holly Sutherland, ISER

  • Best Research Impact in Enterprise and Innovation

    This category recognises a broad range of benefits to workers, freelancers, entrepreneurs, SMEs, businesses, and the economy. Projects nominated for this category could also include those that benefit social and community enterprises. Impact could also include benefit to a group of enterprises or a sector through innovation, change in practice or management structures, or utilisation of new skills and training. Impact in this category can be within any country or within multiple countries, and the businesses that benefit from the nominated project can be national or international.


    Dynamical statistical models for creating more timely and effective marketing
    Submitted by Aris Perperoglou, Department of Mathematical Sciences

    A digital Intuitive Colorimeter
    Arnold Wilkins and Martin Colley, Department of Psychology and CSEE

    Lightsheet illumination module for ultra-low phototoxicity fluorescence microscopy
    Philippe Laissue, School of Biological Sciences

  • Best Creative and Cultural Research Impact

    Projects nominated for this Award should use research to contribute to creative and cultural not-for-profit organisations, enterprises, and policy bodies, or to benefit society through culture and the arts. Impacts can include change to policy and practice of museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions, and impact in the creative economy. Impact in this category can be within any country or within multiple countries.


    Politicised curatorial practice building impacts with NGOs and grassroots campaign groups
    Gavin Grindon, Art History

    British Tattoo Art Revealed
    Matt Lodder, Art History

    Making Drama out of History: playwriting for Hampton Court Palace, 2014 to the present.
    Liz Kuti, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies

  • Best Research Impact Award by an Early Career Researcher or Doctoral Student (Humanities)


    The Ethics of Powerlessness
    David Batho, Philosophy

    Remembering and Staging German-Jewish Histories for a German-Israeli-Palestinian Theatre Project
    Mona Becker, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies

  • Best Research Impact Award by an Early Career Researcher or Doctoral Student (Social Sciences)


    The Australian ‘ndrangheta: for an updated approach to the Italian mafia in Australia
    Anna Sergi, Department of Sociology

    Crime, migration, culture
    Nadia Campaniello, Department of Economics

  • Best Research Impact Award by an Early Career Researcher or Doctoral Student (Science and Health)


    Peer Outdoor Exposure Therapy (POET) : Acceptable and effective new intervention for military veterans with PTSD
    Mark Wheeler, Department of Psychology

    The health and wellbeing impacts of volunteering with The Wildlife Trusts
    Mike Rogerson, School of Sports, Rehabilitation, and Exercise Sciences


For all queries contact Matt Bennett

Dr Matt Bennett

Research Impact Manager

Room 2.601, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

Telephone 01206 874544