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Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition 2019

The winners of the 2019 competition were announced at the SGSSS Collaboration Showcase held at the V&A Dundee on 15 May. 

Below are the shortlisted candidates for the Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange competition 2019. Click on the thumbnails to view the full poster.


From informal to formal exploitation: welfare conditionality economic exploitation, and deportability (or what the state enables capital to do)

Ashli Mullen, University of Glasgow

Ashli used her research findings to co-produce a briefing paper with her host fieldwork organisation (‘immigration enforcement activity and unlawful removals of Romanian Roma in Govanhill’), which was then used to secure emergency funding from the Scottish Government to establish an immigration advice surgery and partnered with a legal firm specialising in human rights law to deliver this. They have since secured further funding to establish a new Roma-led immigration and welfare advice service.


Is There Anybody Out There? An exploration of the pathways of care and experience of children after they are referred to CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services) for reasons of suicidality

Lynne Gilmour, University of Stirling

Involving young people in research to create an animation to support the informed consent process with suicidal children; promoted suicide awareness, strengthened resilience, skilled up collaborators and will enable research participation.

Staying Safe ‘Going Out’- the experience of people affected by dementia

Katie Gambier-Ross, University of Edinburgh

Katie established the International Consortium for Dementia and Wayfinding as a platform to share knowledge about supporting people with dementia to live safe and independent lives in their communities.


Singing for breathing! Geographical perspectives on the lives of people living with breathlessness

Sophie Boyd, University of Glasgow

As part of research on ‘singing geographies’, Sophie has helped devlop a singing-for-breathing group with five GP services in Glasgow, with positive measurable impacts on health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Governed by Algorithms: A Foucaultian study of the governmentalities of Facebook

Thorsten Brønholt, University of the West of Scotland

Through KE, Thorsten has joined the Internet Commission, and is part of shaping an accountability and reporting framework for internet platforms, as well as informing UK, EU, and UN decision makers.

Reframing recovery: exploring arts informed adult learning and the perceived recovery journey of women that have experienced childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence

Nic Dickson, University of Glasgow

Nic’s research involved vulnerable young women in arts-based adult learning. Her study had considerable impact, with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and homelessness reporting empowerment and enablement though their engagement.

Perception and Reality: An Exploration of Domestic Abuse Victims’ Experiences of the Criminal justice Process in Scotland

Emma Forbes, University of Glasgow

Influencing development of policy, practice and services re. domestic abuse: training input; contribution to cross-party working group Parliament; influencing practitioners; collaborative art project with survivors and partnering with policy makers.

Adaptive Expertise in Transplant Surgery: The Effects of Changing Organ Retrieval Practice on Individual and Team Performance

Gala Morozova, University of Edinburgh

This research has informed NHS Blood and Transplant’s policy through application of performance psychology to investigate the demands of proposed changes to organ retrieval practice on individual and team performance.

Safer for All: Scotland’s international development safeguarding support package

Anna Ross, University of Edinburgh

The development of safeguarding policy development tool for organisations to develop robust safeguarding practices. Working collaboratively with the Scottish government and the membership based organisation The Alliance, we co-produced the report and template using participatory methods with the international development community. We provided support and governance guidance to the sector that was missing, and developed trusting relationships between the different stakeholders in process.

Social, emotional and cognitive process in adolescent social media use and sleep

Holly Scott, University of Glasgow

Holly has established a school research partnership programme which has engaged with thousands of pupils across Scotland, supporting evidence-based approaches to healthy sleep and social media habits in the curriculum and national policy.