The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.65m in 77 collaborative research communities, which are addressing major global and industrial challenges. Explore these communities by keyword or theme.

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The Incentives for Conflict and Cooperation

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: February – May 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Peter Postl
University of Bristol: Dr Francesco Giovannoni
Cardiff University: 
Professor Indrajit Ray
University of Exeter: Professor Rajiv Sarin

Project overview

Game theory is the ideal tool for the analysis of the underlying incentives for conflict or cooperation. Our GW4 community aims to tackle both the methodological challenges in bringing game theory to bear on these issues and applying the lessons learned to relevant policy debates.


The Role of Science in Society and Policy

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Anna Gilmore, David Miller
University of Bristol: Stephan Lewandowsky
Cardiff University: Lorraine Whitmarsh
University of Exeter: Jason Reifler


The UK Biobank GW4 research collaborative

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: July – November 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dylan Thompson
University of Bristol: Cathy Williams
Cardiff University: Jonathan Hewitt, Jeremy Guggenheim
University of Exeter: Jess Tyrell

Project overview

We propose to inform researchers from the four universities about the potential of this biomedical resource and to facilitate collaboration between teams with different areas of expertise in exploring the opportunities this provides.


Towards a rapid, hand-held, biosensor-based detector for Clostridium difficile

Accelerator Fund

This project has been developed from the Initiator funded GW4 Biosensor Network community.

Project period: July 2016 – March 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Pedro Estrela
University of Bristol: Professor Martin Cryan, Dr Andrei Sarua
Cardiff University: Professor Adrian Porch, Professor Les Baillie, Dr Niek Buurma, Dr Simon Pope
University of Exeter:
 William Leslie Barnes
Mr Tracy Wotherspoon, Microsemi Ltd. (industrial partner)

Project overview

The main impact of our project will be in healthcare, where we propose to tackle the major societal problem of antibiotic resistance by developing a rapid detector for bacterial infection (in our case for Clostridium difficile) that will lead to its appropriate treatment.


Transformative history education in conflict-affected contexts

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: September – November 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Lizzi Milligan, Dr Peter Manning
University of Bristol: Dr Julia Paulson
Cardiff University: Dr Kate Moles
University of Exeter: Dr Catriona Pennell

Project overview

We address the GW4 grand challenge ‘social justice and inequality’ and the associated GCRF challenges ‘human rights, good governance and social justice’ and ‘equitable access to sustainable development’ by bringing together GW4 expertise in education, history and memory studies to develop new, interdisciplinary answers to pressing questions about how history education can contribute to meeting these challenges.


Transnational transformations in social protection- concepts, instruments and contexts

Accelerator Fund

Project period: September 2017 – December 2018

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Rana Jawad
University of Bristol: Dr David Gordon
Cardiff University: Dr Rod Hick
University of Exeter: Dr Paul Cloke

Community site

https://gw4.sharepoint.com/sites/TransSocProt

Project overview

Our community aims to conduct world-leading research on social protection in both the Global North and South. We adopt the ILO’s definition of social protection as comprising income security across the life-course and in relation to specific contingencies, such as unemployment, and access to healthcare.


Unlocking the Science for an Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring System

Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Alicia Kim
University of Bristol: Stephen Hallett
Cardiff University: Carol Featherston
University of Exeter: Meiling Zhu

Project overview

The integrity of critical structures such as aircraft wings is currently assured by scheduled inspections. These are costly, in terms of the activities themselves, and more critically the downtime involved, and in the majority of cases find no significant deterioration.


URL- Understanding Religion and Law

Initiator and Accelerator Fund

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

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Scott Thomas
University of Bristol: Professor Julian Rivers
Cardiff University: Professor Norman Doe
University of Exeter: Professor Robert Gleave

Project overview

Through the work of the project we aim to address the issues of who an inclusive, innovative and reflective society which recognises religious diversity might be further developed.