Real impact awards

The results are in!

The Real Impact Awards celebrate those in the research community who go above and beyond to make a difference to their communities or wider society.

And once again, so many of you shared inspiring stories of your commitment to impact.

Our judging panel had a difficult task in deciding the winners, but a decision has been made - congratulations to the 2022/3 changemakers!

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Early career researcher recognition award

Recognising the efforts of early career researchers in trying to challenge the status quo to drive the impact agenda.


Dr Gabriela Baron, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Highly commended

  • Dr Ramashego Mphahlele, University of South Africa
  • Dr Taylor Willmott, The University of Adelaide, Australia


Dr Ozlem Eylem-van Bergeijk, Global Mental Health Cultural Psychiatry Research Group, Netherlands

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Driving the impact agenda

Celebrating the efforts and commitment to strategically embed impact within a research environment or to drive impact culture.


The Low Harm Hedonism Initiative

Professor Sara Dolnicar, Ms Jenna Farmer, Dr Sabina Albrecht, Associate Professor Sheranne Fairley, and Associate Professor Marius Portmann, The University of Queensland, Australia

Highly commended

Professor Nicola Martin, London South Bank University, UK
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Mobilising research into action

Recognising the efforts and commitment being made to meaningfully connect research and action to deliver societal change, with a special focus on international collaboration.

Winning team

Young & Resilient Research Centre, Western Sydney University, Australia

Professor Amanda Third, Ms Lilly Moody and Dr Girish Lala, Young and Resilient Research Centre, Western Sydney University, Australia


Highly commended

  • Professor Joao Porto de Albuquerque, University of Glasgow, UK, Professor Maria Alexandra Cunha, GetĂșlio Vargas Foundation, Brazil and Professor Alexander Zipf, Heidelberg University, Germany and Dr Rachel Trajber, National Centre for Disaster Monitoring and Early Warning, Brazil (CEMADEN)
  • Dr Andreana Drencheva, King's College London, and Dr Wee Chan Au, Newcastle University, UK (previously at Monash University, Malaysia)
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Interdisciplinary research award

Rewards an innovative research project that promotes action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals/global challenges.

Winning project

Exploring cultural capital in local communities

Professor Chris Brown, University of Warwick, Professor Chris Gerrard, University of Durham and John Castling, Auckland Project, UK

Highly commended projects

  • Advanced Digital Building Performance and Cost Assessment Network (ADiLE) for Post Disaster Building Assessment
    Dr Sarajul Fikri Mohamed and Professor Dr Mohd Shafry Mohd Rahim, University Technology Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia.
  • Improving local resilience to floods in the Hunter Region to address Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13
    Associate Professor Iftekhar Ahmed, Mr Thomas Johnson, Dr Maggie Tang, Associate Professor Jamie MacKee, Professor Margaret Alston and Professor Roberta Ryan, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • "I am a Girl, I am an Engineer": Inspire and Empower Impoverished Urban Girls to be Future Engineers
    Dr Balamuralithara Balakrishnan and Dr Muhammad Ikhwan Hadi Yaacob, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia and Dr Chua Yaw Long, The National Energy University, Malaysia

The judging panel

Thank you to the 2022/3 judging panel for their commitment and contribution to the awards, who together bring expert knowledge in impact, knowledge-exchange, policy-making, research funding, library and scholarly communications and interdisciplinary research.

  • Alison Anderson, University of Plymouth, UK
  • Louis Coiffait-Gunn, Publishers Association, UK
  • Chris Hewson, University of York, UK
  • Ken Knight, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Australia
  • Lara Skelly, Loughborough University, UK
  • Sharon Zivkovic, Torrens University, Australia
  • Tony Roche, Chief Officer: Publishing & Strategic Relationships, Emerald Publishing, UK

Winners and highly commended prize

Each of the winners and highly commended will now have their impact commitment celebrated through a case study written by our specialist editors.

Each case study will form part of the Real Impact Awards 2022/3 Showcase Publication.

Read the winners stories from previous real impact awards

To recognise all the winners and highly commended entries, we have celebrated each of their stories. Here we showcase their commitment to making a significant difference in our communities, societies, cities, and the world at large. This is just one of the ways of showing our appreciation for their outstanding contributions to the research community and beyond.

Read the 2021 stories

Real impact awards 2024

Are you interested in showcasing your commitment to impact? The real impact awards will reopen again in January 2024. Follow us on our social media channels to be kept up to date on when submissions open.

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