Opportunities

Each year, we recruit Grantham Scholars who combine outstanding intellect with a strong commitment to public engagement, leadership and action. These ambitious individuals complete interdisciplinary PhD research to help solve the challenges of sustainability. They are supported by the Grantham Centre through a unique training programme, designed to equip them with the skills to become policy advocates and leaders in sustainability matters.

Projects for 2016 entry

The deadline to apply for the following Grantham Scholar PhD projects starting in 2016 has now passed. Projects starting in 2017 will be advertised in winter 2016/17.

Arguing about GM – an analysis of the use of science in the GM food debate in traditional and social media

Supervisor
Dr Margo Barker, Department of Oncology and Metabolism, School of Medicine

Co-supervisors
Professor Jurriaan Ton, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences
Dr Jean Russell, Corporate Information and Computing Services

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Assessing the potential of no-till farming across european soils

Supervisor
Dr Manoj Menon, Department of Geography

Co-supervisors
Dr Colin Smith, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Dr Anna Krzywoszynska, Department of Geography

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Characterising uncertainty in complex environmental simulations for public engagement with climate change conscious sustainable planning and design

Supervisor
Dr Chengzhi Peng, School of Architecture

Co-supervisor
Dr Richard Wilkinson, School of Mathematics and Statistics

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Climate ready rice: protecting rice yields under global warming using agritech and bioinformatics

Supervisor
Professor Julie Gray, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Co-supervisors
Professor Paul Quick, International Rice Research Institute and Department of Animal and Plant Science
Dr Eran Elhaik, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

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Development of a low-cost, portable and solar-powered pump for agricultural irrigation for improving income, food and energy security in developing countries

Supervisor
Dr Ben Hughes, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Co-supervisors
Dr Russell Goodall, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Dr Andy Bell, The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
Professor Duncan Cameron, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

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Earthworm diversity and dynamics: the neglected component of soil sustainability

Supervisor
Dr Penelope Watt, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Co-supervisor
Professor Jonathan Leake, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

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Engineering the removal of metals from human waste to make it processable as a fertiliser

Supervisor
Dr Mark Ogden, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Co-supervisor
Dr Robert Dawson, Department of Chemistry

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Entropy calculation to help understand societal change

Supervisors
Dr Alastair Buckley, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Dr Roger Doonan, Department of Archaeology

Co-supervisors
Professor Martin Mayfield, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Dr Iñaki Esnaola, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

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Evaluating the influence of the reporting of natural disasters on public understanding of their causes and possible prevention solutions

Supervisor
Dr Diana Maynard, Department of Computer Science

Co-supervisor
Professor Jacqueline Harrison, Department of Journalism Studies
Professor Shaun Quegan, School of Mathematics and Statistics

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How policy travels through people: understanding the values and practices of actors in a water governance system

Supervisor
Professor Frances Cleaver, Department of Geography

Co-supervisor
Dr Steve Connelly, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

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Reconstructing the past and predicting the future: what can ice­-cores tell us about climate?

Supervisor
Dr Richard Wilkinson, School of Mathematics and Statistics

Co-supervisors
Professor Caitlin Buck, School of Mathematics and Statistics
Dr Julie Jones, Department of Geography

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Recyclable polymer foams as synthetic soils for cultivation of high-value horticultural crops

Supervisor
Professor Tony Ryan, Department of Chemistry

Co-supervisors
Professor Duncan Cameron, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences
Dr Gareth Phoenix, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

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Recycling ammonia from landfill leachate: out with the old and in with the new

Supervisor
Professor Joe Harrity, Department of Chemistry

Co-supervisor
Professor Will Zimmerman, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

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Rural livelihoods within global supply chains: food waste and recovery in East Africa from global supply chains to local food systems

Supervisor
Dr Megan Blake, Department of Geography

Co-supervisors
Dr Claire Quinn, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds
Dr Stephen Whitfield, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds

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Sustainable resource use and economic growth

Supervisor
Professor Colin Hay, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, Department of Politics

Co-supervisors
Professor James Wilsdon, Department of Politics
Craig Berry, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, Department of Politics
Professor Peter Horton, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

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Understanding and formulation of the spatial effects of city economic and energetic characteristics on their resource consumption

Supervisor
Professor Martin Mayfield, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Co-supervisor
Professor Gwilym Pryce, Sheffield Methods Institute

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Urea-ka! Public and political perceptions of carbon dioxide utilisation (CDU) in the manufacture of urea based products

Supervisor
Dr Kate Dommett, Department of Politics

Co-supervisors
Dr Chris Jones, Department of Psychology
Professor Peter Styring, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

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