About the Grantham Centre

The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures is a collaboration between the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and The University of Sheffield

At the Grantham Centre experts from academia, business and policy come together to create a sustainable future. Key to this is mentoring the next generation of sustainability researchers: the Grantham Scholars.

The Grantham Scholars

Interviews with Grantham Scholars
Our researchers are an amazing lot. Pictured are just some of them that we have interviewed, click on the picture to be taken to our blog, interviews and comment page.

Our researchers, the Grantham Scholars, do sustainability research across disciplines at the University of Sheffield. From plant pathogens to policy, they work on a broad range of topics. Where possible, our Scholars are themselves supervised by experts from different subjects.

If you want to find out more about our researchers the Grantham Scholars then look at our blogs and interviews. Here you’ll find easy-to-understand overviews, and deep dives into sustainability. 

We want the Grantham Scholars to be the sustainability leaders of tomorrow, so we provide a special training programme. In this bespoke programme they learn a variety of skills. For example, how to write for any audience and the best way to engage with policy makers.


Because we work across disciplines, our work reflects the Sustainable Development Goals‘ multidisciplinary outlook. We have Grantham Scholars from every faculty at the University of Sheffield.

And in order to address some of the most pressing environmental problems, we have set up dedicated research projects. For example, we are tackling the plastic pollution crisis with Many Happy Returns. For this project we have gathered a team of diverse experts. From chemistry to linguistics, our plastics team work together to create new knowledge and solve old problems.

We also work at the Zaatari refugee camp, where we co create solutions with those living in the camp.

GO Fund

The GO Fund (Grantham Opportunities Fund) enables researchers to obtain funding to develop interesting projects that have a strong cross-disciplinary sustainability focus and are designed to propose practical solutions to complex problems.

Grantham Centre reports

If you want to find out about our work over the years, then you can read our annual reports. They’re all hosted online and are free to read. In them you can find updates about the Grantham Scholars, including where our alumni go.

Plus there are updates about all our special projects. And we review all our events and activities for the year.

Grantham Centre annual reports.

The Grantham Centre at COP

Since COP21 when the Paris Agreement was signed, we’ve been sending people to COP both as delegates and observers. If you want read blogs and news stories from our people at COP then look at the Grantham Centre at COP.

Get in touch

You can find contact details for the team on our contact page.

Do you have a PhD student at the University of Sheffield who could be a Grantham Scholar? Find out how to apply, what we offer, and what to expect.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals are blueprints for a sustainable future. So UN member states are expected to use these Goals to frame agendas and policies. Find out here how Grantham Centre research connects to each Goal.

Our Background

We are 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 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 TUoS. Many of the researchers behind these groups are mentors to Grantham Scholars.