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GW4 Climate Research news

Collaborative research communities across the four universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter can now apply for up to £20K funding, as round three of the GW4 Building Communities Generator Awards officially opens.

December 2021

GW4 Climate Alliance launches new video to showcase research expertise – November 2021

Put fairness at the heart of south west green recovery: New GW4 funded report – November 2021

‘Trouble Shooters for the Nation’: Sir Tim Smit delivers powerful speech at GW4 Climate Alliance official launch – November 2021

GW4 launches new research alliance to tackle the climate emergency – October 2021

GW4 Generator Award holders showcase new communities at inaugural online event – September 2021

Seed funding awarded for innovative net zero projects – August 2021

The countdown to COP26 GW4 – July 2021

GW4 launches interdisciplinary Climate Alliance GW4 – July 2021

Moving around differently: Changing transport behaviours and priorities in a challenging policy environment – July 2021

AMR launch demonstrates power of interdisciplinary collaborative research GW4 – July 2021

VSimulators in Action – July 2021

GW4 researchers invited to inspire the next generation – July 2021

GW4 appoints new permanent Director, Dr Joanna Jenkinson – June 2021

GW4 showcase regional research strengths at Climate Expo – May 2021

New GW4 collaborative research communities – May 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

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.