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Celebrating Impact Prize

The Celebrating Impact Prize 2020 winners

The ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize, now in its eighth year, is an annual opportunity to recognise and celebrate the success of ESRC-funded researchers in achieving and enabling outstanding economic or societal impact from excellent research.

Entrants' applications were reviewed by a panel of academics, engagement and knowledge exchange experts, and research users. Shortlisted applicants were invited to an interview, along with non-academic supporters who helped describe the impact of the work.

The winners of this year's Prize were announced at a virtual awards ceremony on 12 November 2020.

The winners of the ESRC 2020 Celebrating Impact Prize are:

Outstanding Societal Impact

Winner: Professor Yvonne Jewkes (University of Bath)

  • Redesigning prisons to foster rehabilitation and hope

Finalists: Professor Marianne Hester (University of Bristol), Professor Alice Sullivan (UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies)

Outstanding Business and Enterprise Impact

Winner: Professor Arjan Verschoor and Professor Ben D'Exelle (University of East Anglia)

  • Designing insurance to give smallholders a safe way out of poverty

Finalist: Dr Anna Remington (UCL Institute of Education)

Outstanding International Impact

Winner: Ending the Reading Wars - (Professor Kathy Rastle, Royal Holloway University of London; Professor Kate Nation, University of Oxford; Professor Anne Castles, Macquarie University)

  • Employing the science of reading to improve literacy worldwide

Outstanding Public Policy Impact

Winner: ESRC Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton - (Professor Jane Falkingham, Professor Maria Evandrou, Professor Ann Berrington, Professor Jakub Bijak, Professor Corrado Giulietti, Professor Peter W F Smith, Professor Athina Vlachantoni, Professor Jackline Wahba, Teresa McGowan, Becki Dey)

  • Informing policy with better national population data and statistics

Finalist: Professor Emla Fitzsimons and Dr Praveetha Patalay (UCL)

Panel's Choice

Winners: Emla Fitzsimons and Praveetha Patalay (UCL)

Lifetime Achievement

Winner: Professor Lord Richard Layard (London School of Economics and Political Science)

  • Public policies for employment, skills, wellbeing and mental health

Read about all the 2020 winners and finalists.

Celebrating Impact Prize 2020

Find out more about the Prize and how to apply

What is impact?

Impact helps to demonstrate that social science is important.