What is Impact?

Academic Impact

The demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to academic advances, across and within disciplines, including significant advances in understanding methods, theory, application and academic practice.

Wider impact

An effect on, change to or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond academia.

Our goal at SSEE is that research projects are designed within these definitions to ensure that we continue to make a difference by applying our research to the real world.

We do so in a number of ways - academic, economic and social. Most critically, impact now features prominently in all our teaching and research agendas. We plan to showcase ongoing examples of impact achieved with short news clips on this website.


Zurich Insurance - Income Protection Gap
Fostering Business to Business (B2B) Knowledge Exchange

As part of our three-year Income Protection Gap project with Zurich Insurance, a monthly meeting of Zurich's key multinational clients was undertaken over the past year. This has resulted in an unprecedented knowledge exchange between participants, providing us with invaluable research insights into their employee benefits and wellbeing programmes. This has also enabled the participants to exchange ideas with each other on how to tackle the growing challenges within their own businesses of an ageing and often stressed workforce.

The Kingwede Water Club
Teaching Women about Water Science

Groundwater Risk Management for Growth and Development (Gro for GooD) is a research project based on the coast of Kenya. Gro for GooD is developing a programme of engagement to teach young women in secondary school about water science, policy and management. The hope is to inspire better use and protection of water resources in the future as well as showcase career options in environmental science and management to women. In March 2017, girls were taught how to test water for E.coli bacteria.


University Partners

The Smith School works closely with departments across the University of Oxford, primarily with two Divisions: Maths, Physics & Life Sciences and Social Sciences. As such the Smith School is an efficient entry point into Oxford for all enterprise and the environment related matters.

SSEE University Partners
Our partners include:

School of Geography and the Environment, Environmental Change Institute, Transport Studies Unit, Department of International Development, Oxford Faculty of Law, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Biodiversity Institute Oxford, Department of Zoology, Department of Engineering Science, Department of Economics, Department of African Studies, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford Martin School, Department of Psychiatry, Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance, Mathematical Institute, Department of Continuing Education, Oxford Internet Institute, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, and Saïd Business School.