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There are many beneficiaries of our research beyond academia, including businesses, policy makers, NGOs, social enterprises and the general public.

The principal impacts have tended to be on better informed public policy-making and improving the performance of existing businesses and public organisations, with some progress towards sustainable development from environmental research.

Much of the impact of our research can be seen through the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP), which is explicitly impact-oriented. Since its inception in 2004 it has had a wide and significant influence on policy makers and practitioners.

Members of CCP have responded to 35 public consultations during the period 2009-2013. WaddamsShaffer, Dobson, Fletcher and Ormosi have ongoing advisory and membership links with competition agencies and regulatory bodies (including the Competition Commission, OFT, DTI, Department for Constitutional Affairs, the OECD, and the EC). The CCP was recently commissioned by the OECD Competition Committee to develop best practice on how to assess competition evaluations. Other organisations that have consulted the CCP on its research include MONITOR (Department of Health), the Department of BIS, the Treasury, Which?, Ofwat and Ofgem, amongst many others. Engagement with practitioners has included the NHS, BBC, OFT, Anglian Water, Yarra Valley Water, Consumer Focus, the African Forum for Utility Regulators, and the Competition Commission of South Africa

Beyond CCP, non-academic benefits from research stem from the five Subject Area Groups.

Research by Dewing on bank auditing, supported by ICAS, contributed to policy changes announced by the FSA, Financial Reporting Council and Bank of England. Performance measurement/management research informed NICE, the NHS and the King's Fund (disseminated via the Politics Show on BBC1). An expert report co-authored by Markellos was used to underpin a Greek court case decision in 2012 ordering the payment of £1.5 million against a £150 million construction project. A Grant Thornton consortium proposal co-led by Markellos won a £3.8 million contract in 2008, which is still on-going, to audit end users in Greece funded under the European Regional Development Fund. Research by Kourtis and Markellos on portfolio management has influenced investors by attracting wide media attention from Reuters, Bloomberg, FT, BBC, Daily Mail and Telegraph. Textbooks by Mallin and Markellos are extensively used as teaching material by leading universities across the UK, US, Europe and Asia.

Research on occupational health, safety and workplace behaviour - which is part of on-going collaborations with the National Research Centre for the Working Environment (Daniels) and Loughborough University (Daniels) - affect decision makers in the Danish Postal Service, a large retailer and an professional Rugby Union team. Nielsen is delivering training to occupational health and HR practitioners in the Nordic countries in relation to a Danish national campaign on managing restructuring. Daniels has an on-going collaboration with the Health and Safety Laboratory in the joint production of knowledge by academic and policy researchers. Policy engagement has occurred via organised events at the EC, Foreign Office, Scottish Parliament, British Medical Association, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (Connolly) and regional Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) offices in England and Spain (Tregaskis). Research on consortium benchmarking has been implemented into the purchasing strategy of Siemens. 

Dobson has advised on competition and regulation organisations such as the OECD, EC DG Competition, the Hungarian Competition Authority "GVH", the Serbian Commission for Competition Protection and the Swiss Competition Commission "Weko". His work has also informed the British Brands Group. Environmental research (discussed by the New Scientist, WRAP and The Guardian) has been cited in national policy, and influenced policy development by the EC and IPCC. Waddams has engaged with Optus, Cornwall Energy Associates, Civic Consulting, EC, and offices (BIS, DEFRA, DECC and Cabinet Office) to discuss research and government policy. Waddams has influenced government both through responses to consultations and by several invited meetings with Ministers (Willets, Swinson, Cable). Ormosi has provided advice and delivered various reports for the European Commission, the OECD, UNCTAD, and the World Bank on issues related to economic impact evaluation and the estimation of the consumer benefits of competition policy. Fairbrass is co-convenor of an ongoing ESRC Research Grant/Seminar series on the green economy and sustainability.

Lettice's innovation research has been adopted and used by companies, such as Inner Skills, Clever Together and BuenaIdea. Cornford's information systems research has been used in a joint central/local government initiative to improve information sharing in public services (IIASM – www.informationsharing.co.uk), leading to a new national centre of excellence to reduce the complexity of sharing data between services, as announced in the Government's 2013 Spending Round.

ESRC-funded research by Bika has benefitted the Scottish Family Business Association, reaching more than 25,000 firms (and covered on Radio 4). Entrepreneurship research has been presented at the House of Lords.

Impact Strategy

The Social Sciences faculty at UEA has developed an Impact Enhancement Strategy aimed at supporting research activity across Schools, toward stimulating greater impact and making a practical difference beyond academia.

Impact Case Studies