Since it was established nine years ago the Celebrating Impact Prize has highlighted and recognised some of the ways in which ESRC-funded research impacts the economy and society.

The contribution being made by the social sciences to helping communities and businesses navigate the challenges facing us including recovery from the global pandemic is critical to not only the UK but also globally.

All our winners and finalists have demonstrated the impact of their work and illustrated its relevance and importance to society. They are already contributing to policy debates in their specialist areas and their influence will continue in years to come.

Read about the work of this year's finalists.

Outstanding Business and Enterprise Impact

Winner: Team application: Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CRÈME)
Lead applicant: Professor Monder Ram, Aston University

Entrepreneurial Responses to the Pandemic: Supporting Microbusinesses and Promoting Inclusion

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Productivity from Below is an ESRC-funded collaboration between researchers, business and civil society partners. It has enhanced productivity among ethnic minority microbusinesses, ensured they accessed the right funding and support during the pandemic.

It has helped organisations like Ashley Community Housing, Punch Records, and Citizens UK secure as a combined value over £3 million of funding to support more than 1,000 female and migrant entrepreneurs.

Outstanding International Impact

Winner: Team application: Refugee Studies Centre
Lead applicant Professor Alexander Betts, University of Oxford

Refugee-Led Social Protection During COVID-19

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Researchers have drawn international attention to the key role played by refugee-led organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prompting a rapid change in global policy, new funding of over USD 50 million, and the provision of vital assistance to more than 100,000 of the most vulnerable refugees.

Finalist: Team application: COVID-19 Emergency Parenting Response Team
Lead applicant Professor Lucie Cluver, University of Oxford

COVID-19 Parenting Emergency Response: supporting 155.3 million families globally

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Early in the COVID-19 pandemic researchers brought together an emergency collaboration of:

  • United Nations agencies
  • non-governmental organisations
  • governments
  • volunteers.

This was to adapt and deliver evidence-based child abuse prevention and positive parenting resources. These have reduced violence against children and helped tens of millions of families cope with the challenges of COVID-19.

Outstanding Public Policy Impact

Winner: Team application: Professor Jenny Kitzinger and Professor Celia Kitzinger, Cardiff University

Changing the law to promote person-centred decision-making for ‘coma’ patients

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Research has led to changes in the law in England and Wales on life-sustaining treatments, improving person-centred decision-making. This has benefitted over 68,000 patients in prolonged coma, vegetative or minimally conscious states, as well as their families and friends.

This has also resulted in new guidance for health professionals on protecting all patients’ dignity and best interests.

Finalists:

Team application: Decision Maker Panel
Lead applicant Professor Paul Mizen, University of Nottingham

Providing rapid, reliable business data in uncertain times

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Near real-time data on UK business activity and uncertainty provided since 2016 by the pioneering Decision Maker Panel survey has helped shape UK government and Bank of England policy decisions in response to the economic shocks caused by COVID-19 and Brexit.

Team application: Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity at COMPAS
Lead applicant Dr Sarah Spencer, University of Oxford

Integrating newcomers and vulnerable migrants

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A unique city-focused programme has brought over 60 UK and other European cities together to share best practice on inclusion and service provision. To the benefit of their whole local communities, and prompted local, national and EU initiatives to protect vulnerable migrants and crime victims. 

Outstanding Societal Impact

Winner: Team application: Improbable Dialogues
Lead applicant Dr Simon Rushton, University of Sheffield

Improving lives affected by violence in ‘post conflict’ Colombia through the participatory development of a local Strategy for Peace in Buenaventura

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On-screen captions and an autogenerated transcript are available on YouTube.

 

An international ESRC and Minciencias Newton-funded collaborative research partnership has prompted a new city-wide peace strategy in the violence-affected Colombian port of Buenaventura. It has led to a skills-based training programme that enables communities to engage in conflict resolution at the grassroots level.

Outstanding Early Career Impact

Winner: Dr Rebecca Windemer, University of the West of England, previously Cardiff University

Influencing policy and debate on end-of-life considerations for onshore renewables.

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On-screen captions and an autogenerated transcript are available on YouTube.

 

Research into the 25-year planning consents that regulate the UK’s onshore wind and solar farms has led to policy change in Wales. It has also led to greater guidance for local authorities and the wind industry on end-of-life considerations for onshore renewable energy infrastructure.

It has increased community awareness of the potential to influence the future of local wind and solar sites.

Finalist: Dr Emily Marchant, Swansea University

School health network improves pupil health and wellbeing

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On-screen captions and an autogenerated transcript are available on YouTube.

 

Research has expanded a primary school health and wellbeing network across Wales, developing new tools such as a survey for pupils to share their perspectives on health and wellbeing. This has helped more than 250 schools design the health and wellbeing component of the new Curriculum for Wales (2022) tailored to their pupils’ needs, and adopt evidence-based initiatives such as outdoor learning.

Panel’s Choice

Winner: Team application: COVID-19 Emergency Parenting Response Team
Lead applicant Professor Lucie Cluver, University of Oxford

COVID-19 Parenting Emergency Response: supporting 155.3 million families globally

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic researchers brought together an emergency collaboration of:

  • United Nations agencies
  • non-governmental organisations
  • governments
  • volunteers.

This was to adapt and deliver evidence-based child abuse prevention and positive parenting resources. These have reduced violence against children and helped tens of millions of families cope with the challenges of COVID-19.

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