#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 for the series, please contact GW4 Communications Officer Nichola Purdue at info@gw4.ac.uk, who will provide more information.

Will Wales’ economic strategies weather the post-Brexit storm?

A bit like the proverbial bus, we had a long wait for a new economic strategy and suddenly two appear at the same time. But by any standards, December was…

January 18, 2018 | Professor Kevin Morgan Read Full Story

Lessons learned from interdisciplinary research leadership

Nine years ago, many of us at the University of Bristol set out to create a new kind of research institute, one that would draw together multiple disciplines to tackle…

January 11, 2018 | Professor Richard Pancost Read Full Story

Collaborative research that punches above its weight

Since GW4 was established in 2013, we have been committed to supporting authentic collaboration between our universities, founded on the pursuit of research excellence. We have to date funded 68…

December 7, 2017 | Professor Nick Talbot Read Full Story

Why arts and humanities research is much more than just content

One thing that has emerged are the ways that the arts and humanities, like any academic discipline, contribute specific content to the wider world. That could be content about a…

November 21, 2017 | Professor Tim Cole Read Full Story

Smart cities are set to change the landscape of the Great West

The dynamics around the globe are shifting: the UN’s report in World's Cities in 2016 estimated 54.5 per cent of the world’s population lived in urban settlements in 2016. By…

November 13, 2017 | Julie Snell Read Full Story


Today’s Great West Research and Innovation Day is a major milestone in GW4’s development, marking the launch of our new Vision, which outlines how we will develop pioneering, collaborative endeavours…

October 31, 2017 | Dr. Sarah Perkins Read Full Story