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Impact Case Studies

Lab4Living: design to promote quality of life and wellbeing.


Research undertaken by Lab4Living has underpinned the development of a new generation of products for individuals living with long-term conditions. These have improved quality of life for people with motor neurone disease, cancer and dementia by promoting dignity and independence. Lab4Living’s methodology strategically engages stakeholders throughout research programmes. We have established pathways to impact which has led to shaping government policy, the commissioning of interventions and the extension of commercial markets. 


We describe here in more detail the impact in the four areas of research: 


  • Head-Up Neck Orthosis

  • Support4All 

  • Journeying Through Dementia 

  • Life Café 

Paul Chamberlain

From Scotland With Love: a cultural touchstone, enriching lives in diverse communities.

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The BAFTA-nominated documentary 'From Scotland With Love', commissioned for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, has become a key touchstone of Scottish cultural identity with over 85 cinema and 10 BBC screenings.


Cited as ‘a new kind of history’, the film is engaging diverse audiences: the geographically marginalized; older communities living with dementia; school children; new migrants; and the Scottish diaspora.


The film is cited by the Scottish Moving Image Archive as their ‘go to’ educational tool for opening up public access and cultural participation. The film is disrupting traditional film/music distribution models and creating a transferrable methodology for new films.

Virginia Heath

Enabling dialogue on the risks of uranium mining and the need for improved democratic processes in Greenland.


In her film 'Kuannersuit; Kvanefjeld', Professor Lise Autogena investigated and documented potentially devastating environmental and societal risks from uranium mining in Greenland and exposed how cultural taboos in dealing with conflicts, prevented democratic participation.


The resulting arts-led interventions have:

  1. Illuminated and confronted the issue of flawed government stakeholder engagement;

  2. Highlighted cultural taboos in dealing with conflicts in Greenland and enabled democratic participation;

  3. Provided a route to greater awareness of the risks of uranium mining and to the democratisation of radiation monitoring;

  4. Enabled collaboration between indigenous communities and increased understanding of the complex issues contextualising uranium mining and traditional land use;

  5. Created new reference points in contemporary art discourse.

Lise Autogena

Sheffield Hallam University

As one of the UK’s largest and most progressive universities, our teaching, research and partnerships are characterised by a focus on real world impact - addressing the health, economic and social challenges facing society today.

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