The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.3m in 68 collaborative research communities, which are addressing major global and industrial challenges. Explore these communities by keyword or theme.

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A biosocial approach to trauma research

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: July – November 2016

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Sarah Halligan
University of Bristol: Dr Abigail Fraser, Professor Stan Zammit
Cardiff University: Professor Stephanie Van Goozen
University of Exeter: Dr Anke Karl

Project overview

The GW4 group includes researchers from different disciplines and methodologies, but each with an interest in trauma related adverse outcomes. Exploration of the synergy in terms of unifying underlying processes, including through engagement of a broader set of GW4 academics, is a major goal of the proposed collaboration.


Addressing ‘Gender-based Violence’

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Tina Skinner
University of Bristol: Marianne Hester
Cardiff University: Amanda Robinson
University of Exeter: Anthony Musson

Project outcomes
This project has established a GW4 Gender Based Violence Network involving 30 members cross the disciplines of Social Policy, Social Medicine, Law, Geography, Social Work and Criminology. There is potential to lead to new areas of funded research and South-West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) collaboration. Three key areas of interdisciplinary collaborative research across the GW4 GBV Network were developed.


Advancing the State of the Art in Damage Detection in Metallic and Composite Structures

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the ‘Unlocking the Science for an Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring System‘ community.

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Alicia King
University of Bristol: Stephen Hallett
Cardiff University: Carol Featherston
University of Exeter: Meiling Zhu

Project outcomes
The aim of this research is to advance the state of the art in damage detection in metallic and composite structures by enabling a modular system approach utilising energy harvesting and wireless communication for industrial applications.


Algal Valorisation and Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the ‘AVaRICE: Algal Valorisation & Remediation of metal Ion Contaminated Effluents‘ community.

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Christopher Chuck
University of Bristol: Tom Scott
Cardiff University: Devin Sapsford
University of Exeter: Chris Bryan
Plymouth Marine LaboratoryMike Allen

Project outcomes
The overarching aim of this research strategy is to develop an algal-based system for combined remediation and valorisation of acid mine drainage (AMD) and potentially other metalliferous effluents.


Alternative Urbanisms

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Roy Maconachie
University of Bristol: Gary Bridge
Cardiff University: Paul Milbourne
University of Exeter: Clive Barnett

Project outcomes
This project draws together researchers from social science and humanities across GW4, focusing on three overlapping aspects of the idea of ‘alternative urbanisms’:

 


Antimicrobial resistance

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: January 2017 – May 2017

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern
Cardiff University: Professor Timothy Walsh
University of Exeter: Dr William Gaze

Project overview

 

We are particularly interested in drawing on research strengths in GW4 partner universities in the area of antimicrobial resistance in environmental systems.


Applied Volcanology @ GW4

nititator Fund

Project period: July – October 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bristol: Dr Ryerson Christie, Dr Alison Rust, Professor Kathy Cashman
Cardiff University: Dr Wim Degruyter
University of Exeter: Dr James Hickey

Project overview

Across the GW4, we have the expertise to promote the welfare of people in DAC countries by improving their resilience to volcanic eruptions.

 


AVaRICE Algal Valorisation & Remediation of metal Ion Contaminated Effluents

Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Christopher Chuck
University of Bristol: Tom Scott
Cardiff University: Devin Sapsford
University of Exeter: Chris Bryan
Plymouth Marine Laboratory: Mike Allen

Project overview

Our aim was to investigate the use of algae native to contaminated mine sites to remove metals from acid mine drainage (AMD) and then convert the algae to biofuels.