This case study is based on research investigating the nature, challenges
and potential of audio-drama, and especially bilingual audio-drama.
Specifically, it explored the possibilities for creating bilingual drama
for monolingual audiences; the effects of using different recording
environments; and the advantages of cross-cultural collaboration.
Impact includes: (i) a growth in the practice and reach of bilingual
audio-drama in the radio broadcasting sector, both in the UK and
internationally; (ii) the establishment of the radio play as an act of
live theatre; and (iii) an increased awareness of the possibilities for
collaborative audio-drama production across cultural and linguistic
Research by Popple has focused on the potential for public collaboration and democratic
engagement with digital archives. The main impacts have been to:
The research also served to demonstrate to cultural heritage organisations like the BBC the
strength of public commitment to, and the benefits of moving towards, more collaborative
partnerships with audiences in order to establish open and democratic digital spaces.
Professor Richard Wiseman has conducted several mass participation
experiments. He has employed this approach to create high-profile projects
in order to help communicate key findings from academic psychology to the
public. This case study focuses on one such initiative. In 2009, `The
Science of Happiness' project involved over 20,000 members of the public
carrying out a series of evidence-based exercises designed to boost
subjective well-being. Participant feedback revealed that the exercises
had a significantly beneficial effect. The reach of this work was greatly
increased by reports in the national media and a popular psychology book.