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Research impact

Impact forms an integral part of research and teaching, through the work of both staff and students. The Department sees impact as those outcomes that bring about significant changes, both locally in the lives of our field companions and extending outwards to regional, national and international institutions, governing bodies and corporations.

Impact activities have included intangible cultural heritage and skill preservation, economic and ethical impact, widening access to equality of opportunity and resources, and enhanced cultural understanding across disciplines and international boundaries.

Methods used to achieve impact include interdisciplinarity, collaborations, public engagement and knowledge exchange events.

Commitment to collaboration extends across the Department and has been highlighted by the Collaborations research group, a postgraduate study group which led to the international conference 'The Limits to Collaboration' in 2016.

The Department encourages a range of impact methods within the postgraduate environment through the Masters course, the MRes Anthropology, Art and Perception, which attracts students from diverse backgrounds including art colleges, design schools, art history and anthropology. The course curriculum includes sessions on collaboration, knowledge exchange and public engagement at postgraduate level, along with a special focus on sensory anthropology.

Research impact case studies

Aligning development policy and practice around gender inequality with Pacific community understandings of social change and collective rights.

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Research at St Andrews is helping to recover the cultural heritage of indigenous Andeans.

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Links between local felt textile practitioners and international craft organizations has increased their international profile.

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Further projects

Stephanie Bunn

Dr Stephanie Bunn recently co-founded the Anthropology and Geometry research group and held a maths and basketry event, 'Tinkering with Curves'. She also collaborated with Scottish basket-makers to construct the Woven Communities research website and undertook research with basket-makers in a hospital stroke recovery unit.


Melissa Demian

Dr Melissa Demian is working with urban women's groups in Papua New Guinea to explore co-operative forms of organisation for mutual support in pursuing business and community action projects.


Roy Dilley

Professor Roy Dilley recently organised an exhibition of colonial photographs taken by the French colonial officer, Henri Gaden. Under the English title 'Encountering Africa: Henri Gaden's Life and Photography in Colonial French West Africa, 1894-1939', and in the French version 'Une vie en Afrique: Henri Gaden, officier et photographe, 1894-1939', the exhibition was mounted in MUSA (St Andrews), at Les Archives nationales d'outre-mer (Aix-en-Provence, France), and at Le Centre des recherches et documentation du Sénégal.


Mattia Fumanti

Dr Mattia Fumanti is working collaboratively with mental health practitioners and artists, engaging patients and their families on living with mental illness in Namibia.


Paloma Gay y Blasco

Dr Paloma Gay y Blasco is working collaboratively with Spanish Roma women who have experienced domestic violence to find ways to improve how state institutions and service providers meet their needs.


Mark Harris

Professor Mark Harris is working in the Brazilian Amazon with activists, journalists, NGOs, scholars, union and church leaders to support the indigenous peoples movement for land recognition.


Mette High

Dr Mette High is working with artists, policy makers, and industry to achieve greater mutual understanding of and finding sustainable solutions to the energy challenges we face today.


Richard Irvine

Dr Richard Irvine is working with schools in the East of England and in Tuv province, Mongolia, in the development of new curriculum initiatives that support children as they learn to understand and respond to environmental change.


Daniel Knight

Dr Daniel Knight is working with local communities, wholesalers, and government bodies on the green economy and debt relief in Greece.


Karen Lane

Dr Karen Lane is working collaboratively with personal storytellers in Belfast to bring marginalised, non-Troubled voices to a wider audience thereby challenging the stereotype of Belfast as a divided and contested city.


Christos Lynteris

Dr Christos Lynteris is organising and contributing to photographic exhibitions around the world on epidemic diseases, and advising documentary filmmakers on ethical representation of vulnerable TB/HIV co-infection and AMR-TB patients in the Ukraine.


Stavroula Pipyrou

Dr Stavroula Pipyrou is researching with minorities and displaced populations to advise and provide a platform for sustainable research and outreach discussion in which diverse stakeholders (civic groups, policy makers and publics) can engage with each other.


Nigel Rapport

Professor Nigel Rapport is working with the Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham-on-Thames, to explore how and why Britain's famous 20th century painter chose to distort the human figure in his visionary images, and how this corresponded to his philosophy of love.


Huon Wardle

Coming out of expert research for the courts in cases of Caribbean migration and deportation, Dr Huon Wardle is engaged in an ethnographic investigation into the lives and experiences of British citizens caught up in the Windrush immigration scandal toward giving a historical scope and scale to the legal and social issues involved.