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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Aerospace and Advanced Engineering

Creative and Cultural Economy

Digital Innovation

Living Well

Next Generation Microelectronics

Resilience, Environment and Sustainability

Emotion and Non-verbal Communication in Social and Economic Interactions

Inititator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Alan Lewis
University of Bristol: Ian Penton-Voak, Poppy Mulvaney
Cardiff University: Antony Manstead, Job Van Der Schalk
University of Exeter: Andrew Livingstone, Brit Grosskopf


GW4 Environmental Humanities

Inititator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Axel Goodbody
University of Bristol: Peter Coates
Cardiff University: Ria Dunkley
University of Exeter: Nicola Whyte


GW4 Medieval Studies

Initiator and Accelerator Fund

Project period: May – July 2014 (Initiator), October 2014 – April 2015 (Accelerator)

GW4 community leads

University of Bristol: Carolyn Muessig, Beth Williamson
Cardiff University: Bronach Kane
University of Exeter: James Clark

Project overview

This project has established a GW4 Medieval Studies community that is vibrant, productive and creative with a shared vision. Its aim is to lead in the field. There are various on-going shared initiatives to develop the research culture in Medieval Studies.


GW4 Network on Family, Regulation and Society

Accelerator Fund

Project period: February – August 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: James Davenport, Ian Butler
University of Bristol: Emma Hitchings
Cardiff University: 
Gillian Douglas, Leanne Smith
University of Exeter: Anne Barlow

Project overview

The GW4 Network on Family, Regulation and Society aims to find appropriate methods to investigate the new and unexplored ‘delegalised space’ in which disputes on relationship breakdown are now attempted in England and Wales following the withdrawal of legal aid and the encouragement of private settlement.


Media and Criminal Justice Studies Network

Initiator and Accelerator Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016, July 2016 – March 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Sarah Moore
University of Bristol: Dr Alex Clayton, Dr Eleanor Rycroft
Cardiff University: Dr Inaki Garcia-Blanco
University of Exeter: Dr Sarah Cooper

Project overview

Our research community brings together academics from the social sciences, arts, and humanities to understand the production, distribution, and reception of as-live courtroom footage. From this we aim to identify how courtroom broadcasting might influence public confidence, trust, and knowledge about criminal justice.


Modern British History and Politics

nitiator and Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015 (Initiator), May to November 2015 (Accelerator)

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: David Cutts, David Moon
University of Bristol: Mark Wickham-Jones, Hugh Pemberton, Sarah Childs
Cardiff University: Peter Dorey, Stephen Thornton
University of Exeter: David ThackerayRichard Toye

Project overview

Our aim is to develop and strengthen our scholarly activities as a research cluster offering innovative and significant projects, with a distinct commitment to a cross-disciplinary approach.


Reconceptualising Conflict and Peacebuilding- New Ideas and Actors in a Changing World

Inititator Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Oliver Walton, Dr Althea Rivas
University of Bristol: Dr Ryerson Christie
Cardiff University: Dr Elisa Wynne-Hughes
University of Exeter: Dr John Heathershaw

Project overview

This project responds to evolving global challenges relating to insecurity, inequality and shifting global power relations. Peacebuilding is becoming increasingly central to global development policy, as demonstrated by its inclusion on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.


Reconceptualising Participation and Inclusion in Higher Education

Inititator Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Andrea Abbas
University of Bristol: Dr Sue Timmis
Cardiff University: Professor David James
University of Exeter: Dr Deborah Osberg

Project overview

Our specific research focus is disadvantaged students and higher education (HE). The aim is to consolidate a network of researcher and practitioner capacity.