The impacts of UCL research on the wider world have been recognised in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. UCL SSEES came in third in research power among Area Studies units.
REF 2021 is the second assessment carried out under the Research Excellence Framework (REF), with the first one issued in 2014. UCL has come second in the UK for research power, with SSEES coming third in research power among Area Studies units.
- SSEES ranks 3rd in the UK for research power amongst Area Studies units.
- 84.5.% of our research was graded 4* and 3* and our research received a 'grade point average' of 3.44 (out of 4)
- 50% of SSEES research was graded 4* ‘world leading’ (up from 24.3% in 2014)
- 34.5% of SSEES research was graded 3* ‘internationally excellent (up from 25.7% in 2014).
SSEES Impact Case studies
UCL shared 194 impact case studies showcasing diverse impact across every faculty to combat the most pressing global challenges of our time, four of which came from SSEES and are highlighted below.
Professor Andrew Wilson has helped to underpin the development of policy planning towards Russia and the six countries of the Eastern Partnership, the EU and other international institutions.
Professor Richard Mole’s research on queer migration formed the basis of expert affidavits supporting asylum claims by five Russian gays and lesbians who were granted refugee status in the US.
Professor Eric Gordy led research across nine countries to develop the first detailed picture of the scope and effects of informal practices in the Southeast Europe region.
Professor Slavo Radosevic’s research explores innovation processes and ‘technology upgrading’ in emerging and transition (i.e. post-communist) economies.