Impact resources

Here are some useful links to resources that you might wish to use when considering impact.

Journal articles and reports

The principles, processes and products of social and economic impact have long been debated by academics and other commentators. The following journal references provide some interesting insight into thinking on these issues:

  1. Flinders, M. (2013). The tyranny of relevance and the art of translation. Political Studies, 11(2), 149-167. DOI: 10.1111/1478-9302.12011
  2. Weiss, C. H. (1979). The many meanings of research utilization. Public Administration Review, 39(5), 426-431. DOI: 10.2307/3109916
  3. Ziman, J. (1998). Basically, it's purely academic. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 23(2), 161-168.

Impact opportunities at Sheffield

There are a number of opportunities to engage in activities that could foster research impact at the University of Sheffield and within the wider region. Below are featured a number of fora that have been used by members of the department to showcase their research.


Festival of the Mind

Hosted every other year, the Festival of the Mind is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the City where research is shared with the public in exciting, inspiring and creative ways. At the last FoTM, the department's research was showcased in a number of ways, including contributions from Prof. Peter Redgrave and Dr. Aneurin Kennerley.

Cafe Scientifique

Cafe Scientifique

Sheffield's Science Cafe convenes on the first Monday of each month at the Showroom Cinema and provides a forum for the public, scientists and those interested in science communication to explore the latest developments in science and technology in an informal environment. Previous psychologists who have presented at the Sheffield Cafe include Dr. Tom Stafford and Dr. Aisling Spain

Discover magazine

Discover Magazine

The Discover Magazine provides a spotlight on the social and economic impacts of research being conducted at the University of Sheffield. It aims to showcase the success of existing partnerships between the University and its non-academic partners, as well as fostering new collaborations.

Research council guidance on impact

Many of the main funders of Psychological research in the UK have considerable guidance on what constitutes impact and how best to write 'pathways to impact' sections in research grants. Please click on the logo of the funding body you are interested in to find out more.

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