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Sustainable societies case studies

At the University of Bradford our research has long been underpinned by the ethos of Making Knowledge Work and this aspiration drives us to create real impact at a local, national and international level.  Our researchers work at the forefront of their fields to address some of the most pressing challenges facing society.

We work to communicate and share our knowledge with employers and organisations world-wide across the private, public, voluntary and community sectors.  Here are some examples of the pioneering work undertaken in sustainable societies:

Reducing inequality in Western Australia

The cumulative body of research on ethnic relations by Professor Charles Husband formed the basis for a significant contribution to the creation of equal and inclusive services for the ethnically-diverse population of Western Australia: addressing the on-going quality of service delivery by all government departments.

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Recognising diversity in prisons

Prisons in England and Wales now respond to equality and diversity issues in a way which benefits both the staff and prisoners, following the introduction of a national equalities framework influenced by University of Bradford research.

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Uncovering Shetland's iron age past

For over a decade, Bradford archaeologists have worked in Shetland, to reveal one of the best-preserved iron age sites in Europe. The Old Scatness Project has had public access at its heart right from the start of the dig, with the team winning the British Archaeological Award for its public presentation.

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Bradford technologies offer new ways to uncover our past

Geoprospecting 'the science of finding features and sites hidden beneath the earth's surface' has become a commonplace archaeological tool, and is familiar to the public via TV programmes such as Time Team.

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Reducing medication errors in children's hospices

A toolkit for helping to reduce medication errors in children's hospices has been developed by Bradford researchers and widely adopted across the UK.

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Improving dementia care worldwide

World-leading research from the University of Bradford has transformed policy and practice in dementia care, improving the quality of life for people with dementia across the world. Researchers from Bradford Dementia Group were the first to develop a model of person-centred care (PCC) for people with dementia, which focuses on understanding the perspective of the patient and helping them live better quality lives with their condition.

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Helping international investment and trade in developing countries

A model developed by researchers at the University of Bradford which aims to accelerate international trade for developing countries has been adopted by the G20 group of finance ministers.

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TUC engagement with minority communities

University of Bradford research has directly influenced changes in TUC national policy, leading to an increased engagement with - and recruitment of - black and ethnic minority (BME) and migrant workers.

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Making health services accessible to all

Access to, and engagement with, health services for disadvantaged communities has been improved - thanks to a research framework developed at Bradford.

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Improving global biosecurity

Since the mid-1990s, the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre has been influencing global biosecurity through a portfolio of research reports and briefing papers used by the 170 State members of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) to continually strengthen the treaty.

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Building community resilience in Bradford

Since the Bradford riots in 2001, research at Bradford has helped to defuse underlying tensions between deprived, multi-ethnic communities, and also between these communities and the local council and police. The aim is to strengthen community participation and engagement in building resilience throughout the city by encouraging dialogue and partnership between previously disparate social groups.

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