#GreatThinking for the Great West
The GW4 Alliance is bringing together leading experts to debate and shape the future of the Great West.  We provide opinion on the latest policy developments and showcase the strengths and aspirations of our region.

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Moving around differently: Changing transport behaviours and priorities in a challenging policy environment

Current debates about overseas travel in the year of COVID-19 variants again brings the pandemic into the context of the looming climate crisis. Overseas travel inevitably means flying and the well-established…

July 22, 2021 | Geoff Bates Read Full Story

GW4 Neurodevelopmental Neurodiversity Network

Neurodevelopmental conditions, such as autism, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, dyspraxia and dyslexia, are lifelong conditions which can affect many aspects of functioning, including language, communication and learning. Such conditions are highly…

March 18, 2021 | Alanna Shand Read Full Story

The impact of COVID-19 on the gender pay gap

(Photo by Cedric Fauntleroy from Pexels) On International Women’s Day 2021, we have the hope that vaccination and testing will bring security to our lives, and the chance of recovery.…

March 8, 2021 | Susan Milner Read Full Story

Online events in the COVID-19 era: experience from the GW4 Early Career Symposia scheme 2020

If someone had told us (essentially 13 strangers from the GW4 institutions) eight months ago that we would host a successful, week-long online conference, we probably would not have believed…

January 28, 2021 | Rebecca Weiser | Hannah Serrage | Gemma Lasseter | Charlie Colenso Read Full Story

Imagine planet B – Reflections on the GW4 Early Career Researcher Symposium: ‘Climate Change: Science & Society’

Over the past centuries, the climate has changed fundamentally, but so too has human perception of the weather and our natural environment. We stopped hunting mammoths and dancing around our…

January 28, 2021 | Jennifer Michel Read Full Story

For humanity to thrive, we need engineers who can lead with a conscience

Creativity and innovation have been the drivers of social, economic and cultural progress for millennia. The Industrial Revolution accelerated our capacities and there has been exponential growth ever since –…

December 18, 2020 | Dr Hadi Abulrub Read Full Story