The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.37m in 74 collaborative research communities, which are addressing major global and industrial challenges. Explore these communities by keyword or theme.

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Water Security Alliance

Initiator and Accelerator Fund

Project period: January 2017 – February 2018

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Jan Hofman
University of Bristol: Thorsten Wagener
Cardiff University: Isabelle Durance
University of Exeter: Zoran Kapelan

Project overview

The Water Security Alliance is a large regional alliance of academics from the four GW4 institutions, together with stakeholders, with a common vision of addressing the impact of global change on water to benefit people and ecosystems.

Visit our website for more information: http://www.gw4water.com/ 


South West and Wales facing the Withdrawal from the EU: Mapping Needs, Strategies and Voice

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: January – March 2018

GW4 Community Leads

University of Bath: Dr Maria Garcia

University of Bristol: Dr Clair Gammage

Cardiff University: Dr Jo Hunt

University of Exeter: Dr David Thackeray

Project outcomes

The project seeks to to facilitate knowledge exchange between the region’s academic and business communities and to help map regional needs and a regional strategy in response to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and future trade policy.


Network for critical engagement with the defence establishment

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: January – March 2018

GW4 Community Leads

Cardiff University: Dr Victoria Basham

Cardiff University: Dr Huw Bennett

University of Bath: Professor Paul Higate

University of Exeter: Dr Owen Thomas

University of Bristol: Professor Tim Edmunds

Project outcomes

Our network will foster dialogue on how dissenting voices on defence and security are articulated in Britain, and on how that dissent can be received productively by policy-makers and the wider public.


Microfluidics and modelling for investigating cellular heterogeneity

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: January – March 2018

GW4 community leads
University of Exeter: Stefano Pagliara

University of Bristol: Craig McArdle

University of Bath: David Tosh

Cardiff University: Xin Yang

Project overview

This network will develop capabilities to study individual cells and identify cells that are rare but play a key role in antibiotic resistance, immune response or hormonal regulation.


Ecologies of mental health

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: January – March 2018

GW4 community leads
University of Exeter: Joel Krueger

Cardiff University: Valerie Walkerdine

University of Bath: James Gregory

University of Exeter: Aliette Lambert

Project overview

This project will develop an interdisciplinary GW4 community (philosophy, psychology, sociology, and consumer culture theory) to investigate how our cognitive, cultural, and technological “ecologies” shape mental health and wellbeing.


Materials and systems to improve occupant health and the built environment

Initiator  Fund

Project period: January – March 2018

GW4 community leads

 University of Bath: Dr Richard Ball, Professor Chris Bowen

University of Exeter: Professor Yanqiu Zhu, Professor Meiling Zhu

Cardiff University: Dr Robert Davies, Dr Diane Gardner
University of Bristol: Dr Valeska Ting

Project overview

We will identify opportunities to develop and apply the next generation of technologically advanced ceramic materials and systems to improve the environmental impact and occupant health and wellbeing in the built environment.

 


Physical, Chemical and Biological Impact of Increased Lightning Strikes due to Climate Change

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: January – March 2018

GW4 Community Leads

Cardiff University: Dr Daniel Mitchard

University of Bath: Dr Martin Fullekrug

University of Bristol: Prof Dudley Shallcross

University of Exeter: Dr Timothy Hill

Project outcomes

This project will  bring together experts from atmospheric science, biology, chemistry, geography, engineering and physics within GW4 to explore the impact of lightning on the environment, centred on the only university-based lightning research facility within Europe, in partnership with the Met Office and the CTR Wilson Institute for Atmospheric Electricity (CTRWIAE).


A multi-stakeholder approach to medicines optimisation

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: September 2018 – January 2019

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Margaret Watson
University of Bristol: Rupert Payne
University of Exeter: Nicky Britten
Cardiff University: Molly Courtenay

Project overview

Medicines are the most commonly used therapeutic intervention in the NHS, accounting for £16.8 billion annually in England. Over 1 billion prescription items are dispensed annually in the community. Up to 50% of medicines for chronic (long-term) conditions are not used as intended. As a result, patients’ health outcomes are not optimised. Over and under-use of medicines leads to diminished benefits, greater costs and increased harms. This is recognised as a global Patient Safety problem in the World Health Organisation’s Global Challenge “Medication without harm”, which aims to halve severe, avoidable harm globally by 2021.

Medicines Optimisation is “the safe and effective use of medicines to enable the best possible outcomes”. The stakeholders of medicines optimisation are patients, public and clinicians (e.g. general practitioners, pharmacists, nurses), commissioners, policy makers and guideline developers.