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The Grantham Institute - Climate Change and Environment (formerly Grantham Institute for Climate Change) is one of five Global Institutes at Imperial College London.[1] The Institute was founded in 2007 with a £12m donation from the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment,[2] an organisation set up by Hannelore and Jeremy Grantham.

The Institute brings together climate and global environmental change expertise from across the College for climate change related research and translation into real world impact. Their aim is to improve the interaction between researchers and decision makers in business and governments, communicating research to help ensure that choices are based on the best understanding of the science and evidence available.


Research at the Institute is focused on four core ‘themes’: First, Earth systems science, including modelling of climate processes, and biosphere-atmosphere interactions and feedbacks. Second, Risks, extremes and irreversible change, including: the likelihood of extreme events in the future, and their potential impact. Third, Sustainable futures, including transition to a low-carbon economy, natural mitigation and carbon storage in ecosystems, and policy and market frameworks to support a low-carbon economy. Fourth, vulnerable ecosystems and human wellbeing, including the impact of environmental change and climate change on ecosystems, and sustainable management plans and policy mechanisms to manage impacts.

Policy implications[edit]

A dedicated Policy Team delivers research projects, publications, partnerships, and events, aimed at communicating the science behind global environmental change and its impacts. The team publishes Briefing Paper documents disseminating the scientific understanding, possible solutions, and outcomes to government, business and NGOs.

Affiliated institutes[edit]

The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment also funds two other research institutes: one at the London School of Economics, the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment[3] and the other at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, the Divecha Centre for Climate Change.[4]


The Institute's Co-Directors are Professor Joanna Haigh and Professor Martin Siegert. [5]

The Institute's chair is Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, professor of meteorology (1981–present) at the University of Reading.[6] Brian Hoskins was Director of the Institute from 2008 to 2014.[7]


The Institute’s partnerships with the private and public sector include:

Climate KIC,[8] a consortium of academic, corporate & public partners and part of the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) initiative set up by the European Institute of Innovation.

Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation[9] Directorate, led by the University of Edinburgh, this Directorate provides leadership to the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) research programme, which aims to improve understanding of how ecosystems function, the services they provide and their relationship with the political economy and sustainable growth.

The AVOID Programme,[10] a government-funded research programme on “Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change" (AVOID). The consortium is led by the Met Office Hadley Centre and the other partners are the Walker Institute at Reading, and the Tyndall Centre. Under this programme work is carried out to inform the UK Government’s decision making on avoiding dangerous climate change brought on by greenhouse gas emissions.


External links[edit]

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Imperial College London

Imperial College London
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 04:33:45 -0800

Alyssa Gilbert, Head of Policy at the Grantham Institute, talks about her role ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris, starting 30 November. Alyssa Gilbert joined Imperial in April, as Head of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute following ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Mon, 09 Nov 2015 06:03:45 -0800

But Professor Joanna Haigh, co-director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and Environment at Imperial College London, said that even the 2C target was very challenging, though still within reach. "Given that 2C is very difficult, 1.5C is ...

Imperial College London

Imperial College London
Wed, 09 Sep 2015 13:50:15 -0700

As world leaders prepare to debate the planet's future, Imperial researchers are rising to the challenges of global environmental change. The year ahead will include international leaders negotiating the future of greenhouse gas emissions at the Paris ...

Imperial College London

Imperial College London
Fri, 16 Oct 2015 02:32:52 -0700

An audience gathered at Imperial to discuss whether divesting from fossil fuels and investing in research can go hand-in-hand to avert climate change. The Grantham Institute and students from Imperial's Environmental Society convened an open event, ...

Imperial College London

Imperial College London
Tue, 03 Nov 2015 08:28:32 -0800

Dr Kaveh Madani, senior lecturer in environmental management at Imperial, to receive the EGU Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists. Dr. Kaveh Madani, from Imperial's Centre for Environmental Policy, will receive the the award in 2016.

Imperial College London

Imperial College London
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 07:31:06 -0700

Government and business leaders were advised to be ambitious about their climate change commitments, at an event hosted by Imperial College London. The meeting of the Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG) took place yesterday, as the deadline approached ...

Imperial College London (press release)

Imperial College London (press release)
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:33:45 -0700

Future business leaders will be equipped with the skills to tackle the business challenges caused by climate change, through a new Masters course. The MSc in Climate Change, Management & Finance has been developed by Imperial College Business ...

Imperial College London

Imperial College London
Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:15:00 -0700

"The next generation of leaders should know about climate change as a matter of basic education," said economist Lord Stern in a talk on Tuesday. Lord Stern is the Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the ...

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