To date (June 2021) the GW4 Alliance has invested over £3.1m in 112 collaborative research communities, which have generated nearly £50m in research income. This means that for every £1 GW4 spends on collaborative research communities, GW4 captures an impressive £16 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).

Explore our GW4 research communities by keyword or theme. (All communities are also listed below in alphabetical order).

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Digital Innovation

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New Energy Systems

Next Generation Microelectronics

Resilience, Environment and Sustainability

Risk in Contemporary Security Discourse


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

Accelerator Fund

Project period: July 2016 – March 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Hannah Durrant, Julie Barnett
University of Bristol: Deborah Wilson, Georgina Brereton, Alexia MacDonald
Cardiff University: Andrew Kythreotis (PI), Chris Chambers (replaced AK as PI), Gerard O’Grady 

University of Exeter: Natalia Lawrence 

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)


Project period: May to August 2015

GW4 Community leads

University of Bath: Susan Harkness
University of Bristol: Harriet Bradley
Cardiff University: Alison Parken
University of Exeter: Carol Woodhams (PI)

Project overview

A central goal of this GW4 consortium will be to determine the feasibility of establishing a multi-disciplinary team that will enable ground-breaking integrative equal pay research via the systematic collection of data using innovative methods. Ultimately, findings will have economic, managerial, human resource and policy implications.

The Incentives for Conflict and Cooperation


Project period: February – May 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Peter Postl
University of Bristol: Francesco Giovannoni (PI) 
Cardiff University: Indrajit Ray
University of Exeter: Rajiv Sarin 

Project overview

Our GW4 community aims to tackle both the methodological challenges in bringing game theory to bear on economic and political issues where there can be conflict or cooperation, and applying the lessons learned to relevant policy debates. 

Transformative history education in conflict-affected contexts


Project period: September – November 2017 

GW4 Community leads 

University of Bath: Lizzi Milligan, Peter Manning
University of Bristol: Julia Paulson (PI) 
Cardiff University: Kate Moles
University of Exeter: Catriona Pennell & Kelsey Shanks (now University of Ulster) 

Project overview

Our network brings together GW4 educationalists, historians and social scientists with expertise in conflict and social memory to develop conceptual thinking around transformative history education. 

Transformative history education: Learning from creative practices in Cambodia, Colombia and Iraq


Project period: September 2018 – April 2019 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Lizzi Milligan & Peter Manning
University of Bristol: Julia Paulson (PI) 
Cardiff University: Kate Moles
University of Exeter: Catriona Pennell & Kelsey Shanks (now University of Ulster) 

Project overview
Working with partners in Cambodia, Colombia and Iraq, we explore creative practices that enable young people to learn about the violent past and contribute towards constructing a better future. 

South West regional centre for secrecy, security and society research


Project period: February – June 2019 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Brett Edwards
University of Bristol: Elspeth Van Veeren (PI) 
Cardiff University: Claudia Hillebrand
University of Exeter: Brian Rappert 

Project overview 

The GW4 community aims to establish a regional, national and international centre of excellence in the innovative research area of secrecy and ignorance.   

GW4 Medieval Studies


Project period: May – July 2014 

GW4 community leads

University of Bristol: Carolyn Muessig (PI), Ian Wei
Cardiff University: Bronach Kane
University of Exeter: James Clark 

Project overview

GW4 Medieval Studies aims to fortify its rich resource of medievalists (65 members of staff and over 75 research students) into a cohesive and energetic research cluster that offers an unmatched range of expertise.