Professor Tony Ryan OBE is a Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Sheffield and the founding Director of the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures. He also supervises a number of Grantham Scholars.
His focus is on the global food, water and energy nexus challenge. Challenges from this nexus are varied. They include feeding a growing world population and harnessing the power of the sun for renewable energy.
Tony is active in translational research and disseminating evidence-based science. He has been a regular contributor to TV, Radio, National Press and at learned societies from The Royal Society of Chemistry to Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs. He presented evidence at the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris in 2015 and returned to COP22 in Marrakech in 2016.
Catastrophe Garden. A film about Tony’s work at the Zaatari refugee camp. Produced as part of the Pioneers Film Fund in association with planetSHINE – a special initiative to inspire creative filmmakers to come together and shine a light on one of humanity’s biggest questions: what is the future of our food.
Co-creating sustainable solutions in Zaatari. Tony works with academics, experts and refugees co-creating sustainable solutions to life at the Zaatari refugee camp.
Tony was part of Plastics: Redefining Single-Use and is currently part of Many Happy Returns. Both of these are Grantham Centre multidisciplinary research projects with a focus on reuse.
Find out even more about Tony’s work at the Grantham Centre in our annual reports.
Our Scholars work on projects which will help the world reach the targets set out in the SDGs. Supervised by academics from across academic disciplines, the Scholars also have the benefit of expertise from business and policy experts.