#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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Learning our lesson: Why we must teach kids about climate change

I don’t want to sound too dramatic, but climate change is an existential threat that demands we change how we live. From driving and flying less to eating and buying…

November 12, 2021 | Paul Howard-Jones Read Full Story

Mind the gap: why transport networks need to adapt to climate change

Natural disasters have grown in scale, frequency and severity over the past 20 years, and are likely to increase due to rapid urbanisation and climate change. Extreme weather, as a…

November 10, 2021 | Maria Pregnolato | Charles West Read Full Story

Priorities for the ‘levelling up’ agenda

Since the 2019 General Election, ‘levelling up’ has been a consistent phrase employed by government minsters and MPs, keen to emphasise a new commitment to boost the prosperity of so-called…

October 8, 2021 | Phil Tomlinson Read Full Story

Early Career Climate Researchers: Why our voice matters

As humanity rounds off the first quarter of the 21st century, the effects of anthropogenic climate change are becoming increasingly pronounced, disproportionately harming the most vulnerable. These impacts will grow…

August 9, 2021 | Léna Prouchet | Arthur Vandervoort | Hester Weaving | Hebe Carmichael | Robbie Herring | Richard Massy | Eliane Bastos Read Full Story

The importance of team science for tackling COVID-19

At first, I wasn’t entirely convinced it was real, as I looked at the obscure email with an attachment. Which I nearly missed as it was first sent to my…

August 4, 2021 | Joanna Jenkinson Read Full Story

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