Green Party leader praises ‘diverse’ research to tackle global challenges

The leader of the Green Party for England and Wales visited the University of Sheffield this week to hear about the pioneering research taking place to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. Natalie Bennett met with scholars from the Grantham Centre to discuss its work aimed at helping to deliver food and energy security and creating a more sustainable world.

Ms Bennett, who has a scientific background with a degree in agricultural science from the University of Sydney, her home city, praised the diversity of the research projects taking place within the Grantham Centre. She said: “It’s really good and the discussions I have had with students have been fascinating.

“It was also good to hear how the PhD students have a multi-disciplinary approach to their research bringing together science, economics and the social aspect. It’s so important that we do a lot more of that.”

Natalie Bennett with P3 Project Leader Professor Duncan Cameron, Grantham Centre Associate Director Professor Colin Osborne and Grantham Industry Engagement Fellow Richard Bruce

Professor Colin Osborne, Associate Director, said: “It was great for the Grantham Centre team to be able to share with Natalie Bennett the work we are doing to address some of the biggest environmental and political issues facing the UK, and the planet as a whole. Her scientific background led to some thought-provoking discussions with our Grantham Scholars and sustainability researchers, who have expertise spanning science, engineering, medicine and the social sciences.”

Professor Peter Horton FRS, Associate Director said: “As a centre, we are committed to finding practical solutions to the toughest global challenges, such as how to provide enough sources of energy and nutritious food for a growing worldwide population. We want to engage with political leaders and policy makers at every level, to help bring about the changes necessary for us all to secure a sustainable future.”

The Grantham Centre launched last year thanks to a £2.6m donation from alumnus Jeremy Grantham, who wanted to help the University build on its world-leading research into sustainability through Project Sunshine.

During her visit Ms Bennett was also handed a copy of the Sheffield Student Manifesto for May’s General Election by Sheffield Students’ Union president Yael Shafritz and praised the union’s efforts to encourage students to vote.