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Our impact

Our researchers deliver benefits to society.

SPARK aims to have a collaborative approach. The concept was developed with external partners including Nesta, the Economic and Social Research Council, Cardiff Council, Welsh Government, the ONS and IBM.

These case studies highlight how our researchers are already making an impact.

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A new approach to regional innovation in the European Union

Cardiff University research helped operationalise the EU Smart Specialisation programme, the largest regional innovation programme in the world.

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Changing attitudes towards alcohol

Three Researchers at Cardiff University have undertaken research into how alcohol use and misuse impacts our society, and what can be done to encourage safer drinking habits.

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Evaluating the Foundation Phase curriculum

Reshaping the effective delivery of early years and primary education in Wales.

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HateLab: Preventing the rising tide of hate crime and speech through influencing policy and policing

Influencing policy and policing through measuring and countering online hate speech and hate crime.

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Improving educational experiences for children in care

Our research is enhancing educational experiences for care experienced children and young people in Wales.

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Improving evidence use in policy making

Innovative demand-led knowledge mobilisation has significantly increased evidence used by Ministers and public services.

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Improving local government performance through peer challenge

Shaping peer-led approaches to improve local government performance in England and Wales.

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Improving the police response to domestic violence and abuse in the UK and EU

Our research helped break cycles of abuse by creating tools for more effective frontline policing.

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Influencing renewable energy investments in Wales

Using a regional economic modelling framework to influence renewable energy investments.

Placing food on the global agenda

Professor Roberta Sonnino’s pioneering research helped shape the first global policy framework promoting more inclusive and sustainable urban food systems.

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Protecting children's health through influencing tobacco policy

Our research championed the opinions and experiences of young people in Wales to inform legislation in the UK, Europe and New Zealand.

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Reducing single-use plastic waste

Our research underpinned the UK Government’s policy change of charging for single-use plastics.

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Reducing violent crime

We are reducing violent crime across the UK and beyond, by bringing together intelligence from medical and criminal justice departments.

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Reforming homelessness legislation in Wales

Dr Pete Mackie’s research into Welsh homelessness legislation led to the Housing (Wales) Act 2014, and has informed policy debates in Scotland, Canada, and Australia.