Professor Timon Screech's scholarship on under-researched areas of
Japanese art, history and
culture has reached a range of audiences outside of academia. Notably, it
has produced a
significant impact on cultural life, demonstrated most clearly by its
influence on the renowned
author David Mitchell in the writing of his best-selling historical novel
The Thousand Autumns of
Jacob de Zoet, set in Japan in the late 1700s (2010). Mitchell drew
extensively upon several of
Screech's publications to inform and, ultimately, enrich his work of
fiction, furnishing it with
historical contextual detail unavailable in any other scholarly source.
Dr Swenson-Wright's research into mechanisms for resolving the security
challenge of a nuclear North Korea combines collaboration with a broad
range of policy communities, advocacy and advisory work with the UK and
Republic of Korea (ROK) governments, engagement with the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) (including unique educational and
cultural initiatives between Britain and the DPRK), contact with policy
makers, politicians, military officers, corporate and nongovernmental
representatives, as well as frequent interaction with the international
media and the general public. His research has had an impact on government
policy, training military personnel, deepening public and media
understanding of the Korean situation, and persuading business leaders to
engage with the DPRK.
Through a series of briefings, interviews and workshops Hugo Dobson's
research on the Group of 8 and Group of 20 summits and the role played by
Japan has had both policy impacts and media/public understanding impacts.
On the one hand, his research has impacted on European and UK
policymakers' knowledge base and policy debates, in addition to the
approaches they have taken in negotiations with the Japanese government.
On the other hand, his research has influenced the reportage of global
media outlets and their decisions as to what is newsworthy, ultimately
contributing to national debates, particularly in the UK and Japan.