The University’s Texas Strategic Partnership emerged from research relationships developed through the Government sponsored Texas-UK Collaborative, and research collaborations remain at the heart of the partnership.
Fostered and supported by dedicated funding and an intensive programme of researcher interactions, these collaborations bring together world-leading academics whose research synergies and complementary expertise have combined to deliver new research projects, joint grant applications, new academic networks, joint conferences and conference papers and co-authored journal submissions on both sides of the Atlantic.
Read some of our research case studies below or download our Texas Strategic Partnership Brochure
Research by Prof Dominic Reeve and Dr Antonios Valsimdis from the College of Engineering and colleagues from Texas A&M University has explored the response of the Galveston shoreline to Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Hurricane Ike caused extensive erosion and loss of material from the beach, but field measurements complied by the team indicate patterns of recovery. Using statistical and mathematical modelling, their research concludes that that distinct sandbanks lying offshore of Galveston Island that were formed during the passage of Hurricane Ike are gradually being fed back to the beach by the prevailing wave conditions. Read more.
Research by Dr Katie Preece from Swansea’s Department of Geography together with colleagues from the University of Houston and elsewhere examines the palaeoenvironments in which the occupation of the southern Caucasus by early humans took place.
The Hrazdan river valley in the Armenian Highlands offer exciting potential for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and the team’s research, published in the Journal of Quaternary Science, present the first results of sedimentological, geochemical, tephrostratigraphical and biological study of the sequence of a site known as Bird Farm 1.
A meta-analysis by Dr Kelly Mackintosh from Swansea's Department Sport and Exercise Science and colleagues from Texas A&M University and elsewhere is due for publication in the Journal of Sport and Health Science.
The collaboration, which reviewed 57 previous studies, aimed to establish the effectiveness of school-based interventions in increasing physical activity and/or reducing sedentary time amongst children. The researchers found no evidence that interventions had an effect on the amount of time that children spent on moderate-to-vigorous physical activity - findings which have important implications for future research.
An Erasmus+ travel grant supported Dr Grazia Todeschini from the College of Engineering to develop a collaboration at UT Austin. Building on shared interests in photovoltaic accommodation limits on distribution feeders, control algorithms for distributed energy resource management systems and voltage regulation algorithms, the research examines different methods to limit power quality disturbances in electrical systems.
Two papers based on this work were presented at the 2018 General Meeting of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society, and four further papers have been published in the IEEE Transactions and IET journals.
Dr Eoin Price from English Literature and Creative Writing was awarded a Texas Collaboration Funding Award to develop a research collaboration with colleagues at Texas A&M University. He was able to engage with book history experts, participate in a book history workshop, and deliver a paper on reprints and revivals which has been solicited for publication in a forthcoming special issue of the journal Shakespeare Bulletin.
Following his visit, Dr Price was awarded a Research Fellowship at UT Austin’s Harry Ransom Center which allowed him to undertake research in its Performing Arts archive for his next project, Early Modern Drama and the Jacobean Aesthetic.
The results of ongoing research between Computer Scientists at Swansea University and the University of Houston have been published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. The paper, authored by Swansea’s Dr Bob Laramee and colleagues from the University of Houston, focuses on the linear correlation and non-linear dependency of different physical attributes of unsteady flows to aid their study from a new perspective.
Dr Laramee's collaboration with the University of Houston's Dr Guoning Chen dates back to 2009 and, together with colleagues, they have published eleven journal papers and two book chapters, and have presented eight joint conference papers.
Oil Prices & Financial Liquidity
The global interrelationship between oil prices, financial liquidity and geopolitical risk is the focus of a research collaboration between the School of Management's Dr Hany Abdel-Latif and Prof Mahmoud El-Gamal from Rice University.
Their research, published in Applied Economics Letters and the Economic Research Forum, is the first to consider all three global variables simultaneously and concludes that a significant fall in oil prices would increase geopolitical risk and reduce global financial liquidity, whilst an increase in geopolitical risk would lead to rising oil prices - a cycle that was observed during the first Iraq War.
Part of a global energy safety network with strong links to Texas, Swansea University’s Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) has a number of active collaborations with Texas partner institutions.
This includes an ongoing project with Texas A&M University on the physical modification of ultraconductive copper-carbon nanotubes, and a collaboration with Rice University and GE (New York) on a project to create highly conductive cables comprised of copper and carbon nanotubes. The latter research, which is funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), has resulted in two patent applications and seven peer reviewed publications to date.
Prof Tudur Hallam Academi Hywel Teifi was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to allow him to spend seven months at the University of Houston working on a project exploring the ways in which minority languages, cultures and literatures are suppressed and revitalised.
Working with the University of Houston’s Professor Nicolas Kanellos, his research explored the similarities between the Welsh/English dynamic in Wales and the Spanish/English dynamic in Texas, as well as the similarities between Prof Kanellos’ work in recovering the US Hispanic Literary heritage and that of Welsh scholars such as Swansea University’s Saunders Lewis.
Prof Paul Rees and Prof Huw Summers from the Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre are working with colleagues in the Texas Medical Center on the development of innovative new techniques for treating cancer tumors.
Their extensive research network encompasses world-leading nanomedicine and bioengineering researchers from both Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI) and Baylor College of Medicine, with whom they have co-authored over ten research papers.
The collaboration with HMRI is investigating the use of nanoparticles to deliver therapeutic drugs specifically to tumour sites which could significantly minimise drug side effects.