News and Opinions from GW4 and partner organisations


GW4 Climate Research news

Launch of UK’s first hydrogen ecosystem map for south west and south Wales – August 2022

GW4 launches new development awards to bolster collaboration – July 2022

New project set to transform GW4 universities into ‘Living Labs’ – July 2022

New south west hub for early career researchers officially launches – June 2022

Three generations of GW4 Generator Award research communities connect at showcase event – May 2022

Three GW4 Alliance university projects receive funding boost to achieve net zero – May 2022

REF 2021 results demonstrate power of research collaboration across GW4 Alliance – May 2022

GW4 Generator Award: Seven collaborative research communities awarded £125K funding – April 2022

Does living a simpler life mean a happier life? New TV series co-designed by GW4 experts – March 2022

New Strategic Partnership launched between GW4 Alliance and the Western Gateway – March 2022

Nurse Review: University Alliances critical to UK research and development ambitions – February 2022

GW4 response to the Levelling Up White Paper – January 2022

Investment in research pays off for GW4 Alliance with record return -January 2022

News from 2021

News from our universities

University of Bath and Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT)

University of Bristol and Cabot Institute for the Environment

Cardiff University and Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST)

University of Exeter and Global Systems Institute

GW4 Opinion Pieces

Igniting ideas: Creating a social science park to tackle major societal challenges Chris Taylor, Professor of Social Sciences and Academic Director of the new Social Science Research Park at Cardiff University, explains how this new flagship centre will spark innovative solutions to societal problems through collaborative research activity. May 2022

Learning our lesson: Why we must teach kids about climate change As COP26 draws to a close, the GW4 Climate Change Education Research Network’s Paul Howard-Jones, Professor of Neuroscience and Education at the University of Bristol, explains why climate must be at the heart of the National Curriculum in order to achieve widescale behavioural change. November 2021

Mind the Gap: Why transport networks need to adapt to climate change The Flood Resilience for the Transport Sector team discuss their community that has been supported by GW4 funding. November 2021

Early career climate researchers: why our voice matters Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from GW4 universities organised a Symposium on Climate Change with two days of insightful presentations and stimulating conversations. They discussed the roles ECRs should play in the next ten years of climate research, and why their voices matter. August 2021

Moving around differently: Changing transport behaviours and priorities in a challenging policy environment. Dr Geoff Bates, a Research Associate in the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at the University of Bath explores societies changing transport behaviours and priorities set against the backdrop of COVID-19 and the climate crisis.

Imagine Planet B – Reflections on the GW4 Early Career Researcher Symposium: Climate change: Science and Society On behalf of the GW4 Climate Symposium organising committee, Dr Jennifer Michel from the University of Exeter, reflects on how the two-day online event helped advanced their knowledge and thirst for answers.

Climate Assembly UK gives mandate to policy-makers to take bold action on climate change Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh is an environmental psychologist, specialising in perceptions and behaviour in relation to climate change, energy and transport, based in the Department of Psychology, University of Bath. She is also Director of the ESRC-funded UK Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) based at Cardiff University. As one of the expert leads for the Climate Assembly UK, Lorraine discusses the importance of the Assembly’s findings and their impacts for society.