The Grantham Centre works with experts from academia, business and policy to create a sustainable future. A key part of this is mentoring the next generation of sustainability researchers. Additionally, we have set up special research projects that tackle the most pressing environmental problems.

Experts from science, social science, engineering, arts & humanities and medicine come together at the Grantham Centre, creating a unique multidisciplinary team. These experts supervise the 70 PhD students (the Grantham Scholars) funded by the Grantham Centre.

In order for these students to become the sustainability leaders of tomorrow, we provide a special training program. This program equips them with all the necessary skills to be the sustainability leaders of tomorrow. So our students learn how to be an expert activists, policy engagement and how to collaborate with industry.

Through innovative research, public engagement and network creation we have influenced policy and industrial strategy. Additionally, the Grantham Centre has fostered several flagships of research excellence at the University of Sheffield.

We are funded by a generous donation from the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.

Our Background

The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures is co-funded by the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, founded by Jeremy and Hanne Grantham.

A world-renowned investment manager, Jeremy Grantham was brought up in Doncaster and graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Economics in 1961. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University in 2012 and is a strong advocate for environmental issues.

“It is crucial that scientists take more career risks and sound a more realistic, more desperate, note on the global-warming problem. Younger scientists are obsessed by thoughts of tenure, so it is probably up to older, senior and retired scientists to do the heavy lifting. Be arrested if necessary. This is not only the crisis of your lives – it is also the crisis of our species’ existence. I implore you to be brave.”

Jeremy Grantham, Nature, 2012  Reprinted by permission from Macmillan Publishers Ltd: Nature (491, 303), copyright (2012)



Research Centres

We work closely with our partner sustainability teams at the TUoS. The researchers behind these groups are mentors to many of Grantham Scholars and are coming up with innovative new solutions to sustainability challenges.