#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.

If you are interested in writing an opinion piece, please email info@gw4.ac.uk

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

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