Completed projects

Impact Cultivation

Research by Dr Ruth Garside and Dr Jo Thompson Coon of the University of Exeter Medical School has suggested that garden use can improve the wellbeing of people with dementia in care homes.

Dr Garside said: "We are keen to ensure that results of research like this reach the people who can make use of them, and that we understand what the possible barriers to implementing research findings may be."

The ESRC IAA funded Drs Garside and Thomson Coon to initiate a new network in the South West with those interested in research relevant to care homes, and to organise a workshop to bring this new network together to share ideas about ways of working together and overcoming barriers. Further workshops are planned.

The team has also produced a newsletter about the research and the network for care homes in the South West.

Exeter Translational Addiction Partnership (ETAP), led by Dr Lee Hogarth, seeks to bridge research on substance dependence at the University of Exeter and the therapeutic services delivered by the charity EDP Drug and Alcohol Services, to the community and to prison populations in Devon and Dorset.

This ETAP project aimed to build capacity for data analysis and research within EDP, to demonstrate health, economic and social benefits of new treatments and to quantify the cost effectiveness of the service.

Research Fellow Amy McAndrew, collated and analysed treatment outcome data from the Peninsular Alcohol Violence Program (PAV) and Alcohol Action Programme (AAP) run in the Devon Prison Cluster (Exeter, Dartmoor and Channings Wood) by EDP and the results are under consideration.

Dr David Benson, working with Dr Irene Lorenzoni of the University of East Anglia, is researching the collaboration between Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (RFCCs) and the Environment Agency.

The ESRC IAA funded Dr Benson and Dr Lorenzoni to discuss their research and key findings with Environment Agency representatives, with RFCCs, and with Cornwall Council. They are producing and circulating to relevant organisations a detailed research report and a policy note summarising the research findings, and will distribute a summary of research findings to the individuals who have taken part and to NGOs, landowners and scientific experts.

The aim is to inform flood investment decision-making across the UK and to inform the structure and development of the RFCCs.

Professor Ian Cook’s follow the things research examines the entanglements of the lives of the producers and consumers of everyday goods. The ESRC IAA funded him to cultivate a new phase of collaborative follow the things work with artists, activists and others by prototyping a media art event that intervened in a daily retail environment, and enrolled members of the public in trade justice debates. The Museum of Contemporary Commodities involved working with Devon-based artist group Blind Ditch and London-based arts organisation Furtherfield.

To date, there has been little social science research on issues of community engagement with power lines in Ireland, although such issues are highly controversial. Public protests occurred in several locations in Ireland during 2014 in response to EirGrid's proposals to construct new high voltage power lines in rural landscapes.

The ESRC IAA funded Professor Patrick Devine-Wright to work with EirGrid, the Transmission System Operator for the Republic of Ireland, through discussions and seminars, to explore the possibilities for future research to address this gap.

Professor Susan Kelly has researched the views of healthy volunteers on the consent process in different clinical and biomedical research scenarios. With the ESRC IAA funding  she extended this research to the pharmacogenetics context, building links with clinicians, patient communities, regulators, pharmaceutical companies and biobank managers.

Dr Tim Rees researches the development and success of sporting talent and has collaborated with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to understand what underpins the development of talent. The ESRC IAA funding enabled Dr Rees to meet with key RFU personnel and to work with practitioners and coaches to develop a set of practical guidelines.

One of the most pressing security challenges facing Western democracies is the emergence of hybrid warfare, that is, the combined use of conventional and non-conventional means and methods of warfare. This ESRC IAA award enabled Dr Aurel Sari to host a meeting of a group of experts, including senior legal advisors from NATO and the UK, to discuss the legal aspects and challenges presented by hybrid warfare. Dr Sari also spent time at NATO HQ to work on this project. He was keynote speaker at ARRCADE Brief, a conference held by NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps for staff officers to discuss the challenges of hybrid warfare

Social, economic and environmental changes have major implications for the health and wellbeing of fishing-dependent communities in Cornwall. Dr Rachel Turner and Dr Kirsten Abernethy are aiming to improve links between the fishing industry, fisheries policy and the healthcare sector. Through the ESRC IAA they worked with fishermen’s associations, inshore fisheries governing bodies and Cornish public health bodies to produce recommendations for ways to design policy to increase the wellbeing of coastal communities.

The ESRC IAA funding enabled Dr Sam Vine to collaborate with surgeons and industry partners to develop the practical clinical use of research into training for surgical skills, including research into the effect of various sources of stress on trainees’ performance. A good understanding of skill acquisition processes and an appreciation of the influence of stress on technical performance is helping project partner the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to design effective training programs.

Dr Inmaculada Adarves-Yorno researches social identity, leadership, change agency and performance. She is working with the African Prisons Project  to develop a change agency network within the Kenyan prisons system. The ESRC IAA helped her to undertake leadership development work with prison staff, prisoners, and senior managers at headquarters and across the prison network.

Dr Catherine Butler, Dr Saffron O’Neill, Dr Kate Walker-Springett, Dr Louisa Evans, and Professor Neil Adger are researching policy change following the 2013/14 floods, and the impacts of flooding on the well-being and resilience of those affected. The ESRC IAA  funding helped them to:

  • Develop educational materials from the research to feed directly into the secondary school Geography curriculum via the Royal Geographical Society.
  • Hold a public panel debate with experts from policy, business and the third sector, providing a basis for developing relationships with key non-academic organisations. There was an accompanying exhibition.