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Making an impact on the world

From improving people's health and influencing changes in the law, to supporting business and bringing long lost music to new audiences, our research is having an impact around the world.

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In partnership with P&G: the chemistry of cleaning

Our award-winning partnership with P&G has enabled unique and globally scalable innovations that have improved billions of consumers' lives worldwide.
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Consumer behavioural profiling results in significant financial gains

Our business research has enabled marketing agencies and companies to build new marketing toolkits which have resulted in significant financial gains.
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Opening up the Classics to the digital world

Durham’s research helps people all over the world to access ancient Greek and Latin literature.
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Protecting global communities from harmful volcanic emissions

Our Earth Sciences research is helping communities living near active volcanoes to reduce exposure to volcanic emissions.
Volcanic ash v-1

Helping species adapt to climate change

Our bioscientists are playing a key role in identifying the impact of climate change on plant and animal life.
Climate change v-1

Influencing elections and governance in Africa

Our impact-making research in History is bringing a change in the political landscape in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Stopping the spread of malaria

We’ve shaped the World Health Organization’s policy on global mosquito control to tackle the spread of lethal diseases like malaria and dengue fever.
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Impactful research in ethically recording testimonies of sexual violence

Research in Anthropology has influenced policies and improved the well-being of survivors of sexual violence.
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Latest Research

Research at Durham is transformative and inspirational led by world-leaders in their fields. Find out more about the amazing research we do.

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About the Research Excellence Framework 2022

Durham is participating in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK universities. First held in 2014 it was repeated in 2022 (delayed until May 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic).

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