Research impact and knowledge exchange
Our research makes a difference to society and the economy. We work with partners at a local, national and international level to create a positive impact on the world.
Our research impact
We are proud that 90 per cent of our research is rated in the highest two categories in the REF 2021, meaning it is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.
Our impact submission is rated 8th nationally, showing our research is instrumental in tackling the greatest challenges of our time and making a real-world difference to organisations and societies around the world.
Tackling undeclared work in the European Union
Colin Williams is working to build capacity across 29 countries to tackle undeclared work.
Lenny Koh is leading Project FPSCRS with Rolls-Royce to develop a resilience index scorecard system for high value manufacturing industries.
A Just Transition to Circular Economy
Emanuela Girei's work on JUST2CE aims to address shortcomings of Circular Economy literature and practices and develop more comprehensive and contextualised initiatives.
Transforming policy approaches towards undeclared work in the Western Balkans
Colin Williams is organising the Western Balkan Network for Tackling Undeclared Work.
Improving the working lives of NHS staff
Jeremy Dawson is working with NHS England to improve how the NHS measures the experience and wellbeing of its staff, and how this connects with outcomes for patients.
Fleet energy optimisation in the Sheffield City Region
Erica Ballantyne’s work with Veolia and Sheffield City Council to create a new approach to modelling fleet vehicle energy use, which has shown it would be possible to run Sheffield’s refuse collection rounds on purely electric vehicles.
Determination of customer water price ceilings in England and Wales for 2020-25 and 2025-30
Anthony Glass is working on water supply, retail services and sewerage services cost models for water companies, whilst industry regulator Ofwat develops its own cost models. After consultation with companies, Ofwat settles on the models to use to set caps on the prices companies can charge.
No Leaders Here! An audio play tackling society's biggest issues
Dr Stephen Allen, Lecturer in Organisation Studies at Sheffield University Management School, worked with Dead Earnest Theatre Company to create a brand new audio play tackling some of the today's biggest issues.
Manchester: The Centripetal City?
Adam Leaver investigates the growth of 'Build-to-Rent' property development in Manchester in the context of emerging tensions between Manchester's city-first, property-led 'agglomeration' model of urban regeneration, and the disparities of wealth experienced in peripheral 'left behind' towns.
Productivity Outcomes of workplace Practice, Engagement and Learning (PrOPEL)
Find out more about Paul Latreille’s involvement with the PrOPEL Hub.
Unlocking productivity in the SCR through changes to the transport network
Academics from Sheffield University Management School and the Faculty of Engineering are working with SYPTE to develop a decision-support tool which will be used to identify potential new routes to maximise connectivity and regional productivity.
Audit reform and capital maintenance provisions
Adam Leaver and Richard Murphy are working with colleagues in the Department of Politics (Sheffield), Organisation (Copenhagen Business School) and BEIS to improve the capital maintenance provisions in audit reform.
CLEAR IDEAS: increasing creativity and innovation skills to improve organisational performance
The research-based CLEAR IDEAS training workshops and digital toolkits developed by Professor Kamal Birdi are being used by hundreds of organisations to develop the creativity and innovation skills of their leaders and employees and produce significant improvements in performance.