It is vitally important that our research has a proven impact in the everyday lives of people around the globe. These case studies, prepared for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, provide a glimpse of the work we undertake, and the scale of its impact.



Children gathered

Since 2005, a pioneering set of Oxford University studies have actively informed the development of evidence-based policy, practice, and programming for AIDS-affected children in Sub-Saharan Africa. This has impacted an estimated 85 million children, orphaned by HIV/AIDS or living with AIDS-ill caregivers. Read more here.


Child on swing

Research by Frances Gardner and her team demonstrates that parenting programmes significantly reduce antisocial behaviour, and has encouraged uptake of these programmes by bodies that play a major role in forming UK central government policy. Read more here.



Workers in small room

This research by Martin Ruhs and Bridget Anderson, in conjunction with Philip Martin (UC Davis) investigates how labour markets, welfare states and other public policies shape the demand for migrant workers. It has directly influenced labour immigration policymaking in the UK and development of legislation for comprehensive immigration reform. It has contributed to migration policy debates in the UK, the Netherlands, the USA and the UN. Read more here.


Men walking on street with huts

Michael Noble and his team undertook a programme of research to produce small area level indices of deprivation in the UK and South Africa. The indices have been widely used in these nations by central and local government, regional bodies, civil society, academics and others, to analyse patterns of deprivation, to identify areas that would benefit from special initiatives or programmes, and as a tool to determine eligibility for specific funding, enabling governments and other bodies to target their resources more effectively. Read more here.