Policy

Policymakers play an essential part in steering change. As advocates for sustainability, we work closely with politicians and civil servants to bring our expertise into the policymaking process.

Our research provides an evidence base for action to provide enough food, water and energy for the world’s growing population, while reducing overall consumption globally. As part of their training, the Grantham Scholars learn the mechanisms for engaging with the political process, so that they can become informed policy advocates themselves.

Briefing notes

2 December 2015: A sustainable model for intensive agriculture
It is widely accepted that global food production will have to increase dramatically over the coming decades to meet the needs of growing populations and developing economies, and that this will be increasingly difficult as we feel the effects of climate change. Intensive agriculture is currently unsustainable so a different path is needed. Sustainable intensification is heralded as the saviour of agriculture but what does it mean in practice? This paper sets out a model that combines the lessons of history with the benefits of modern biotechnology, to redesign sustainability in intensive agriculture. Read more

Past events

There is more information about the University of Sheffield’s policy expertise in sustainability matters on the websites below.

Research centres

Healthcare consultancy

Healthcare consultancy

Food systems

Food systems

International development

International development

Political economy

Political economy

Urban development

Urban development