A selection of projects reflecting the range of interdisciplinary work across the Alliance. Join the Alliance and engage with members and ongoing activities through our online community.

Climate-driven flyway changes and memory-based long-distance migration

A team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Cardiff University recently published a paper demonstrating how they have found the strongest evidence yet of a “migration gene” in birds. Published in the journal Nature, the team tracked migration in peregrine falcons with satellite technology. Combining this with genome sequencing, the team identified a single gene associated with migration in the birds.

Read researcher Ellie Nikolaidou’s blog here

Active Building Centre Research Programme

Active Buildings are buildings that produce, store, and share energy based on the needs of their occupants, as well as of the grid. By actively interacting with the energy infrastructure, Active Buildings can help both the building and energy sectors achieve net zero emissions.

JustEd: Education as and for environmental, epistemic and transitional justice to enable Sustainable Development Goals

JustEd is a comparative, international mixed methods study that explores the complex pathways across policy, curriculum, pedagogy and school environments and their relationships to learners’ experiences and intended actions in relation to Sustainable Development Goal 13 – Climate Action – and Sustainable Development Goal 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

Rhetoric and Practices of Green Recovery in Cities

This interdisciplinary project funded by the GW4 Alliance brings together researchers across the GW4 universities to look at the emergent rhetoric and practices of ‘green recovery’ from COVID-19 in UK cities. It focusses on four cities in the South West—Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, and Exeter, investigating the way that ‘future scenarios’ are used to construct and contest knowledge about climate change and transitions to net zero.

Flood resilience for the transport sector (FR-TRANS)

A pioneering project to build a “transport resilience” community across the GW4 network, looking at addressing current gaps in assessing and reducing flooding impact to transport networks. The rapidly escalating cost of disasters is an increasing cause for concern for governments, but the true costs of a disaster are felt most acutely at community level and are determined by the community’s ability to absorb the impact and recover after the event.