Research Case Studies

Research with Impact

At the University of Lincoln, we believe our research should contribute to solving real-world problems and that the best way to ensure that is to work with partners outside the University. Our long experience is that working alongside others in “co-creation” of knowledge leads to better research, and by cooperating with regional and international partners we can both contribute to developing our local economy and community, and to addressing pressing global challenges.

Many examples of the impact of our research are showcased in our submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2021, covering 22 widely different subject areas, and demonstrating the breadth of our impact across many aspects of society, culture, the environment, the economy, and beyond. These case studies offer a glimpse into the wealth of ingenuity and imagination of the academic researchers working across our Colleges and Research Centres, and their commitment and dedication to achieving genuine and meaningful social change.

Mobile Arts for Peace

Thanks to a project exploring how disciplines like dance, drama, and music can empower young people to be a driving force for peacebuilding, the arts are now having a significant impact on communities across Rwanda.

Led by Professor Ananda Breed from the University of Lincoln’s School of Fine and Performing Arts, Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) works with young people to use the arts as a way to share their experiences and communicate their own ideas for peacebuilding and conflict prevention within their own communities.

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Professor Ananda Breed talking to a student as part of the MAP project

Poppy Fields

A Thousand Lost Voices Preserved

A living archive of 1,000 previously lost voices telling tales of the shared experiences, bravery, and sacrifice of those who lived through the aerial bombing campaigns in the Second World War has been digitised and preserved for future generations.

OPtima Testimonial

Improving Outcomes for Cancer Patients

A new medical imaging system designed to help oncologists and medical physicists more accurately plan proton beam therapy treatment could provide a positive beam of hope for cancer patients.

Saving Alexandria: When Old Meets New

Alexandria – a historic Egyptian city founded by Alexander the Great and once considered the jewel of the Mediterranean – has for the past half century been facing ongoing decay. A struggle between its symbolic Euro-Mediterranean heritage and distinctive spirit of place and conflicting economic and political agendas has resulted in the crumbling of its inspiring architecture as well as its vibrant culture.

Recently however, leading international architect, Dr Amira Elnokaly has been dedicating her work to revitalising and regenerating the city she once called home.

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The port of Alexandria with boast and the castle

English countryside

Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide

A team of leading economic development specialists have produced a comprehensive guide on how to set up and run high-tech digital hubs in remote and rural locations which might otherwise suffer from a lack of digital infrastructure.

Thorvald robot in field

Digital Technology and Food Manufacturing

From using satellites to track asparagus crops, to measuring the lean meat percentage of pork using a high-tech camera, companies across the £28.2bn UK food manufacturing supply chain are embracing emerging technologies in new and interesting ways.

Stabilising the National Grid

Reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is one of the key objectives for mitigating the global impact of climate change. Researchers and engineers at the University of Lincoln have built an imitation supermarket in a bid to tackle the impact of mass refrigeration on the UK's carbon footprint and support our strained National Grid.

The Refrigeration Research Centre (RRC) is the first facility of its kind in the world. Harnessing cutting edge technology, it precisely models the essential dynamics of a typical supermarket.

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A crate of tomatoes and fridges in a supermarket

A mosquito piercing skin

How to Solve a Problem like Malaria

Professor Chris Thomas, Global Chair in Water and Planetary Health, is exploring new methods for predicting the population dynamics of mosquitoes which transmit malaria in Africa, including how their spread is affected by climate change.

The Houses of Parliament at night

Putting People at the Heart of Politics

Political engagement and policy is generating more debate than perhaps ever before. The University of Lincoln is attempting to enhance understanding of the relationship between the British public and the processes which shape political decision-making.

An archaeologist cleaning rocks during a dig

Supporting Wellbeing Through Archaeology

Rural residents across Europe have been taking part in a community archaeology project led by the University of Lincoln that is aiming to help boost community wellbeing.

Research Impact Case Studies