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Research Impact

The research group have a strong history of impact, with their work informing both of the impact 100% 4* rated impact cases studies (joint first in the UK) in REF 2014.

Our Research Impact

The groups work on the impact of recreational drug use has recently formed a report of written evidence which has been accepted and published as part of the Health and Social Care committees Drugs Policy Inquiry (March 2019).

  • The group have responded to a call directed to experts in the field from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee; designed to review evidence and direct future review and policy on e-cigarettes and work is cited in their Seventh Report of Session 2017-19 links and oral evidence citing UEL-linked work (27 February 2018).
  • Research cited in Response to the UK Government Consultation: Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s Supporting Smokers to Quit

Sharman (with Turner) has contributed to an APPG consultation looking at stake sizes permitted for FOBT gambling in December 2016 and subsequently in January 2017. They have also reported to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and evidence for the DCMS inquiry into FOBTs; which subsequently resulted in a policy change

Research papers by Dawkins et al (2012; with Turner) and Dawkins et al (2015; with Soar and Kimber) have been cited in the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training booklet on Electronic cigarettes: A brief for stop smoking services, produced in partnership with PHE (2016). Kimber’s invited presentation at the Society for the Study of Addiction annual conference in November 2017 has been cited in a recent report by PHE.

  • E-cigarettes: Public Health England (PHE) training manual (2016).
  • Public Health England (PHE) report (2018).
  • The teams research and collaboration with GMA has been recognised in public fora (such as the GMA annual trustees meetings at the House of Commons, since 2014), in their annual reports and on their own social media; reaching other stakeholders including representatives from the charities YGAM, BetKnowMore and Gambling with Lives, and health practitioners from Newham NHS, NPGC and Kings College Social Care Workforce Research Unit. This has led to various impacts and changes in service delivery.

    Features in the Electronic cigarette research briefing – October 2015 for researchers, policy makers, health professionals as part of the UK Electronic Cigarette Research Forum.

    E-cigarette research papers with Soar and Corcoran have been cited in a written invited report by Dawkins and Kimber for Trading Standards UK in 2016 on nicotine concentrations in e-cigarettes.

    Kimber’s PGR work has also attracted considerable attention and led to presentations to regulatory officials from Brazil (July 2017; invited speaker) and the Philippines (April, 2018, invited discussant).

    The group have responded to a call directed to experts in the field from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee; designed to review evidence and direct future review and policy on e-cigarettes and work is cited in their Seventh Report of Session 2017-19 links and oral evidence citing UEL-linked work (27 February 2018).

    E-cigarette research media coverage includes:
    a. an opinion piece (Kimber, Feb 2017) requested by vapers.org.uk;
    b. citation of work from Turner’s CRUK project on the Psychology Today webpage (2017) and in a Public Health Wales report (2018); and
    c. a recent paper by Soar on the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association blog (Aug 2018) https://bit.ly/2O0evBu

    Gambling research coverage includes:

    a. extensive coverage in UK national newspapers [e.g. The Times,] and significant international science [e.g. Science Daily, PsychCentral] and industry online news providers.
    b. BBC Panorama documentary looking at Gambling
    c. Sharman and Turner organised the first non-industry linked UK Gambling conference at UEL (Current Advances in Gambling Research 2019).