The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.8m in 87 collaborative research communities, which have generated £37m in research income. This means that for every £1 GW4 spends on collaborative research communities, GW4 captures £13 in external research awards.

The GW4 Alliance has adopted the Russell Group Research Integrity Statement of cooperation in cross-institutional research misconduct allegations, which aims to support the efforts of researcher communities to foster research integrity (also known as good practice in research or the responsible conduct of research).

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Remediating the Archive

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: July – November 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Nina Parish
University of Bristol: Dr Leah Tether, Dr James Freeman
Cardiff University: Professor Anthony Mandal, Dr Jenny Kidd
University of Exeter: Professor Gabriella Giannachi, Gary Stringer

Project overview

‘Remediating the Network’ proposes to build a research community based in the intersection of two key areas of strength within GW4: archives/special collections and the digital humanities.


Risk in Contemporary Security Discourse

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: David Galbreath
University of Bristol: Tim Edmunds
Cardiff University: Christian Bueger
University of Exeter: Doug Stokes, Sir Paul Newton

Project overview

This project has helped to foster and further concretise this GW4 community. The aim of the workshop was to bring together policymakers, academics and other stakeholders to examine contemporary security and risk dynamics within international relations.


The Evidence Information Service Promoting GW4 Research on Evidence-Based Policy

Initiator and Accelerator Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016, July 2016 – March 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Hannah Durrant, Professor Julie Barnett
University of Bristol: Dr Deborah Wilson, Georgina Brereton, Alexia MacDonald
Cardiff University: Dr Andrew Kythreotis

Project overview

The overarching aim of this research is to determine the utility and feasibility of establishing a new UK Evidence Information Service (EIS). The primary goal of EIS would be to act as a rapid matchmaker to connect the UK academic community and policy makers (including parliamentarians) in the service of evidence-based public policy.


The GW4 Pay Equality Research Consortium (PERC)

Initiator and Accelerator Fund

Project period: May to August 2015 (Initiator) February – August 2016 (Accelerator)

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Susan Milner
University of Bristol: Professor Harriet Bradley, Dr Gregory Schwartz
Cardiff University: Dr Alison Parken, Rhys Davies
University of Exeter: Professor Carol Woodhams, Dr Emma Jeanes

Project overview

By way of background to the project, the UK Government has a stated objective to close the pay gap between men and women to nil by 2035. On 14 July 2015, they launched a consultation on regulations that will make it mandatory for companies with 250 or more employees to and publish their gender pay gap.


The Incentives for Conflict and Cooperation

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: February – May 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Peter Postl
University of Bristol: Dr Francesco Giovannoni
Cardiff University: 
Professor Indrajit Ray
University of Exeter: Professor Rajiv Sarin

Project overview

Game theory is the ideal tool for the analysis of the underlying incentives for conflict or cooperation. Our GW4 community aims to tackle both the methodological challenges in bringing game theory to bear on these issues and applying the lessons learned to relevant policy debates.


Transformative history education in conflict-affected contexts

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: September – November 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Lizzi Milligan, Dr Peter Manning
University of Bristol: Dr Julia Paulson
Cardiff University: Dr Kate Moles
University of Exeter: Dr Catriona Pennell

Project overview

We address the GW4 grand challenge ‘social justice and inequality’ and the associated GCRF challenges ‘human rights, good governance and social justice’ and ‘equitable access to sustainable development’ by bringing together GW4 expertise in education, history and memory studies to develop new, interdisciplinary answers to pressing questions about how history education can contribute to meeting these challenges.


URL- Understanding Religion and Law

Initiator and Accelerator Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016, July 2016 – March 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Scott Thomas
University of Bristol: Professor Julian Rivers
Cardiff University: Professor Norman Doe
University of Exeter: Professor Robert Gleave

Project overview

Through the work of the project we aim to address the issues of who an inclusive, innovative and reflective society which recognises religious diversity might be further developed.


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.