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 order of award date with newest first).

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Investigating GBV Intersectional (Dis)Advantages and Legal Duties – A Scoping Study of UK Universities

ACCELERATOR FUND 

Project period: September 2018 – April 2019 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Tina Skinner
University of Bristol: Geetanjali Gangoli & Marianne Hester
Cardiff University: Kirsty Hudson
University of Exeter: Rachel Fenton (PI) & Cassandra Jones (co-PI) 

Project overview 

The Network has identified a clear research opportunity to construct an ecological, theoretical model of gender-based violence (GBV) relevant to UK universities. 


The GW4 Value of Death Network

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: September 2018 – January 2019 

GW4 community leads 

University of Bath: Malcolm Johnson
University of Bristol: Jane Blazeby (PI) 
Cardiff University: Jenny Kitzinger
University of Exeter: Katrina Wyatt & Robin Durie 

Project overview 

This GW4 Network will address the global challenge of the critical relationships between medicine, living well, dying and death. It will examine how the process of dying is being medicalised and the implications of current practices for different populations. 


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

ACCELERATOR FUND 

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. 


Ecologies of mental health

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: January – March 2018 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: James Gregory  

Cardiff University: Valerie Walkerdine  

University of Exeter: Joel Krueger (PI), Aliette Lambert  

Project overview 

This project will develop an interdisciplinary GW4 community (philosophy, psychology, sociology, and consumer culture theory) to investigate how our cognitive, cultural, and technological “ecologies” shape mental health and wellbeing. 


Materials and systems to improve occupant health and the built environment

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: January – March 2018 

GW4 community leads 

University of Bath: Richard Ball, Chris Bowen (joint PIs) 

University of Bristol: Valeska Ting  

Cardiff University: Robert Davies, Diane Gardner  

University of Exeter: Yanqiu Zhu, Meiling Zhu 

Project overview 

We will identify opportunities to develop and apply the next generation of technologically advanced ceramic materials and systems to improve the environmental impact and occupant health and wellbeing in the built environment. 


Microfluidics and modelling for investigating cellular heterogeneity

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: January – March 2018 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: David Tosh

University of Bristol: Craig McArdle  

Cardiff University: Xin Yang  

University of Exeter: Stefano Pagliara (PI) 

Project overview 

This network will develop capabilities to study individual cells and identify cells that are rare but play a key role in antibiotic resistance, immune response or hormonal regulation. 


Network for critical engagement with the defence establishment

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: January – March 2018 

GW4 Community Leads 

University of Bath: Paul Higate 

University of Bristol: Tim Edmunds  

Cardiff University: Victoria Basham (PI) and Huw Bennett  

University of Exeter: Owen Thomas 

Project outcomes
Our network will foster dialogue on how dissenting voices on defence and security are articulated in Britain, and on how that dissent can be received productively by policy-makers and the wider public. 


Physical, Chemical and Biological Impact of Increased Lightning Strikes due to Climate Change

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: January – March 2018 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Martin Fullekrug 

University of Bristol: Dudley Shallcross 

Cardiff University: Daniel Mitchard (PI) 

University of Exeter: Timothy Hill 

Project overview

This project will bring together experts from atmospheric science, biology, chemistry, geography, engineering and physics within GW4 to explore the impact of lightning on the environment, centred on the only university-based lightning research facility within Europe, in partnership with the Met Office and the CTR Wilson Institute for Atmospheric Electricity (CTRWIAE).