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.
Research at St Andrews is helping to recover the cultural heritage of indigenous Andeans.
Links between local felt textile practitioners and international craft organizations has increased their international profile.