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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GW4 Rhetoric in Society

GENERATOR FUND

Awarded: July 2020

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Sophia Hatzisavvidou
University of Bristol: Paul Earlie (PI)
Cardiff University: Elisabeth (Lisa) El Refaie
University of Exeter: Helena Taylor and Michelle Bolduc

Project overview

A new research community bringing together scholars from a range of disciplines with a shared interest in rhetorical language in all its forms.


MODERN BRITISH POLITICS AND HISTORY

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015  

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: David Cutts
University of Bristol: Mark Wickham-Jones (PI), Hugh Pemberton, Sarah Childs
Cardiff University: Peter Dorey
University of Exeter: David Thackeray 

Project overview

The project will bring together a varied but coherent group of historians and political scientists to explore issues of common interest in British Politics and Contemporary British History. 


THE EVIDENCE INFORMATION SERVICE PROMOTING GW4 RESEARCH ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

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, 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. 


Centre for media and criminal justice studies

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Sarah Moore (PI) 
University of Bristol: Alex Clayton, Eleanor Rycroft
Cardiff University: Inaki Garcia-Blanco

University of Exeter: Sarah Cooper 

Project overview

Our research community brings together academics from the social sciences, arts, and humanities to understand the production, distribution, and reception of as-live courtroom footage. From this we aim to identify how courtroom broadcasting might influence public confidence, trust, and knowledge about criminal justice. 


THE GW4 PAY EQUALITY RESEARCH CONSORTIUM (PERC)

ACCELERATOR FUND

Project period: February – August 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Susan Milner (PI after CW)
University of Bristol: Gregory Schwartz
Cardiff University: Alison Parken, Rhys Davies
University of Exeter: Carol Woodhams (initial PI), Emma Jeanes

Project overview

PERC will undertake a feasibility study for the development and operation of a secure sustainable pay data collection platform, which would facilitate multi-level research.


THE GW4 PAY EQUALITY RESEARCH CONSORTIUM (PERC)

SUSTAINING COMMUNITIES FUND

Project period: January 2019 to June 2021

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Susan Milner (PI)

University of Bristol: Susan Harkness

Cardiff University: Melanie Jones, Alison Parken

University of Exeter: Emma Jeanes

Project overview

The aim of the project was initially to investigate how gender pay gap reporting regulations could be strengthened, and to look critically at the Equal Pay Act 1970 and Equality Act 2010 in order to identify gaps in the legislation and ways to strengthen it. In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic caused a major disruption to the labour market, with negative impacts for women. The project therefore redirected its focus to examine the impact of the pandemic and identify lessons for policy.


Urban Humanities

GENERATOR FUND

Awarded: 2021

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Christina Horvath
University of Bristol: Maria Fannin, James Duminy
Cardiff University: Julian Brigstocke, Gary Bridge
University of Exeter: Jason Baskin (PI)

Project overview

Our GW4 community brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars to establish the research area of the Urban Humanities, which is critical, we contend, to understanding the full complexity of urban change in the twenty-first century.


GW4 Medieval Studies

ACCELERATOR FUND

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bristol: Carolyn Muessig (PI), Ian Wei, Beth Williamson, Helen Fulton (replacement PI)
Cardiff University: Bronach Kane
University of Exeter: James Clark 

Project overview

This project has established a GW4 Medieval Studies community that is vibrant, productive and creative with a shared vision. Its aim is to lead in the field. There are various on-going shared initiatives to develop the research culture in Medieval Studies.