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GW4 Climate Research news

GW4 Crucible gives rise to three new interdisciplinary publications – March 2023

Green Party’s Carla Denyer announced as GW4’s Living labs keynote speaker – February 2023

GW4 region leads national conference to power the UK’s path to a hydrogen economy – February 2023

News from 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.