Impact of our research

Climate change, energy, engineering, healthcare, science and technology are just some areas where we are breaking new ground for the benefit of people in the UK and across the globe.

Discovering earth-like planets outside our solar system; creating pioneering atmospheric models to monitor and improve air quality; protecting civilians against chemical terror attacks; and furthering social interaction between robots and humans.

These are some of the ways in which our interdisciplinary research is addressing some of today’s biggest challenges regionally, nationally and globally.

Research case studies

  • Better healthcare in care homes

    Better healthcare in care homes

    Research at the University of Hertfordshire is helping to identify ways to improve healthcare for the nearly half a million people living in care homes in the UK.

  • The coffee historian

    The coffee historian

    Coffee is a global product that influences millions of lives. From crop to cup, its production faces challenges ranging from environmental conservation to economic equality. An expert on the global history of coffee, Professor Jonathan Morris is working with the industry to understand its heritage and ensure its sustainability.

  • Discovering new planets

    Discovering new planets

    The finding of new planet Proxima b marks a significant step in mankind’s quest to know if life exists outside our Solar System. University of Hertfordshire astronomers played a leading role in the game-changing discovery

  • Exploring science through art

    Exploring science through art

    Understanding our world using music and sculpture. Cosmoscope, a monumental sound and light sculpture created by artist Professor Simeon Nelson and composer Rob Godman at the University’s School of Creative Arts, crosses the boundaries between science and art to explore the complexities of the universe.

  • Monitoring air quality

    Monitoring air quality

    Air pollution shortens the lives of some 40,000 people in the UK each year. Low-cost, highly accurate technology developed by the University’s researchers to monitor air quality at Heathrow Airport is now helping to tackle this urgent problem in more than 60 countries worldwide.

  • Next generation scientists

    Next generation scientists

    Developing future generations of scientists is vital to the UK’s economy, so it is important to engage pupils in science from the start of their education. The Primary Science Quality Mark is a unique award programme helping to raise the profile of science teaching and learning in primary schools.

  • Protecting our troops in biowarfare

    Protecting our troops in biowarfare

    University of Hertfordshire researchers are working with Ministry of Defence agencies and multinational defence companies to develop technologies that protect the UK’s armed forces from biological attacks.

  • A fairer gig economy

    A fairer gig economy

    The rise of ‘on-demand’ work managed by online platforms such as Uber and Deliveroo is changing the way work is organised and challenging traditional forms of employment. Research by Hertfordshire Business School is informing policymakers seeking to protect labour standards.

  • Advancing radio astronomy in developing economies

    Advancing radio astronomy in developing economies

    Skills transfer and inspiring STEM uptake in Africa and Asia. University of Hertfordshire researchers are playing a key role in training a first generation of radio astronomers in both sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.

  • Responding to chemical attacks

    Responding to chemical attacks

    Governments need to know how to treat people who have been exposed to chemical agents. The University’s Toxicology Research Group has studied the science of decontamination processes and translated the evidence into new guidance for emergency services in the US and UK.

  • Understanding young people

    Understanding young people

    University of Hertfordshire researchers lead the England study for the World Health Organisation’s long-running Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey. The team’s findings are shaping national and international policy on safeguarding the health and wellbeing of young people.

  • Robots for health and social care

    Robots for health and social care

    From Kaspar the humanoid robot helping children with autism to a suburban house staffed by care robots for assisted living, the University of Hertfordshire’s human-robot interaction studies are exploring innovative care solutions.