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.
Research collaborations across all academic Colleges
Collaborations in Biosciences, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English, Health Science, Heritage Languages, History, Law, Life Sciences, Medicine, Physics, Politics, Social Work
Reprints and Revivals
Oil Prices & Financial Liquidity
Dr Grazia Todeschini, Electrical Engineering
An Erasmus+ travel grant supported Dr Todeschini 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 three further papers are under review for publication in the IEEE Transactions and IET journals.
Dr Eoin Price, English Literature and Creative Writing
Dr Price 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.
Dr Bob Laramee, Computer Science
The results of ongoing research between Computer Scientists at Swansea University and the University of Houston have been published in the journal Computers and Graphics. The paper, authored by Swansea’s Dr Bob Laramee and colleagues from the University of Houston and Mississippi State University, focuses on enhanced vector field visualization via Lagrangian accumulation.
The collaboration with the University of Houston's Dr Guoning Chen dates back to 2009 and, together with colleagues, he and Dr Laramee have published eleven journal papers and two book chapters, and have presented eight joint conference papers.
Dr Hany Abdel-Latif, Economics
The global interrelationship between oil prices, financial liquidity and geopolitical risk is the focus of a new research collaboration between the School of Management's Dr Hany Abdel-Latif and Prof Mahmoud El-Gamal from Rice University in Houston.
Their research concluded that new waves of high oil prices are unlikely, despite the probable continuation of high global financial liquidity and heightened geopolitical risk which have, in the past, driven oil price rises. Their findings, published on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), formed the basis of an Economic Research Form policy brief and were presented at the Economic Research Forum (ERF) annual conference in Egypt.
Prof Andrew Barron, Energy Safety Research Institute
A team of researchers led by Prof Andrew Barron is working on a number of research collaborations which are helping to minimize the environmental impact of fossil fuels.
Working with colleagues at Rice University, the group has discovered a more environmentally friendly method of carbon-capture using Buckminsterfullerene (also known as “Buckyballs”) that could help to reduce the impact of greenhouse gases by drawing carbon dioxide emissions from industrial flue gases and natural gas wells. Read more.
Prof Tudur Hallam, Academi Hywel Teifi
Prof Tudur Hallam 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, Engineering
Profs Rees and 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.
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.
Prof Sue Jordan, Human and Health Sciences
Prof Jordan received a Texas Collaboration Funding Award to develop a collaborative research project with colleagues at UT Austin. The project will examine the feasibility, reliability and validity of innovative multiparametric epidermal sensor systems developed by engineers at UT Austin.
These state-of-the-art sensors can be used to monitor temperature, respiratory rate, hydration status and sweating, electrical activity in the heart, brain and muscles (normally measured through EEG, ECG and EMG tests), and blood glucose concentrations (which are currently measured by finger pricks and blood samples). If successful, these patches could transform patient care by allowing tests normally carried out in a clinical environment to take place in patients’ homes, communities and other settings.