Examples of our social and economic impact

Our research groups are active in pursuing opportunities to engage with the beneficiaries of their research. Below we highlight some of the ways in which this is happening, by showcasing the research of some of the staff working within our different research groups.

Social, Health & Environmental Psychology (SHEP)


SHEP researchers are or have recently been involved in a number of high-profile collaborative projects with business, industry and other beneficiaries: EROS, BIG energy upgrade, Ostrich Problem.

Dr. Christopher Jones (pictured right) is currently lead investigator on the TRANSFER project. This project is funded by the ESRC as part of the 2013 Retail Sector Initiative. This knowledge exchange project, which brings together a team of academics from psychology, management and fashion with retailers from the energy, water and fashion sectors, isaiming to learn more about how best to promote sustainable consumption to consumers, while maintaining financial profitability. For more information, see the TRANSFER project website.

To learn more about Dr. Jones's work, please visit his University webpage.

Clinical Psychology

Picture of Dr Andrew Thompson

Our clinical staff are working on a number of pioneering projects that engage both patients and those administering treatment and advice.

Dr. Andrew Thompson (pictured left) is an expert in psychosocial adaptation to trauma and illness and in the management of appearance related stigma and anxiety. Through his research, Dr Thompson has forged links with a number of charities, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and community and voluntary groups. He sits on the advisory boards of the Katie Piper Foundation, the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Dermatological Nursing Group, and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin Conditions, among others.

To learn more about Dr. Thompson's research, please visit his University webpage.

Systems Neuroscience

Paul Overton

Our Systems Neuroscientists are engaged in a number of projects looking at topics such as emotional reactivity, self-disgust and epilepsy.

Prof. Paul Overton's (pictured right) work into self-disgust has affected the way in which a private mental health clinic in Munster (EOS Klinik) thinks about the range of disorders that they treat. His project investigating the imaging of cortical epilepsy, particularly how epilepsy affects neurovascular coupling, is helping neurosurgeons to make better use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as a pre-surgical evaluation tool. Prof. Overton also works with a number of other prominent charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Sheffield Children's Hospital and Parkinson's UK.

To learn more about Prof. Overton's research, please visit his University webpage.

Cognitive Development

Liz Milne

The Cognitive Development Group are involved in a number of projects that have seen them engage with a considerable number of beneficiaries, including autism, dyslexia. literacy and road safety societies and charities.

Dr. Liz Milne's research interests focus on human attention perception and cognitive development. She is head of the Sheffield Autism Research Lab (ShARL) and her research into autism has led her to engage with a number of community organisations, schools and health & wellbeing trusts and charities. Dr. Milne was recently granted a HEFCE social entrepreneurship award to develop a public lecture series on autism.

To learn more about Dr. Milne's research, please visit her University webpage.

Computational Neuroscience

Stuart Wilson

Our Computational Neuroscientists are involved in a number of ambitious projects and are at the forefront of robotics research.

Dr. Stuart Wilson (pictured right) is involved in a number of projects that have public engagement activities at their heart. He is currently setting up a movement analysis and virtual reality lab, which will make several new public engagement activities possible. Dr. Wilson was also the coordinator of ‘Symposium on Emergent Social Behaviours in Biohybrid Societies’ and Research Curator for the public ‘Living Machines Exhibition’, which took place in a 700m^2 gallery of the London Science Museum in July 2013.

To learn more about Dr. Wilson's research, please visit his University webpage.