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The Grantham Institute for Climate Change is one of four 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.


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FT.com (blog)
Sat, 02 May 2015 02:05:47 -0700

Leading environmentalists James Lovelock, formulator of the Gaia hypothesis, and Brian Hoskins, director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College, London, told the BBC if more attention was not given to climate change during the ...
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Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:44:29 -0800

China and other developing nations must play a larger role in global energy governance, according to senior UK, Chinese and US energy experts. A committee, led by Lord Browne of Madingley in the UK, along with senior Chinese and US experts is calling ...

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Sun, 06 Apr 2014 21:22:51 -0700

In 2007 they funded the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at London's Imperial College; the next year they endowed the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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BBC News
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 03:36:34 -0700

Prof Hoskins, director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, said politicians had failed to adopt a long-term approach. He told Today: "It seems that when we get to the discussions it all goes down to the lowest level ...

Calgary Herald

Imperial College London
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:16:18 -0700

Implementation of mitigation technologies cannot be delayed if we want to avoid dangerous climate change, according to a new UN report. The report is the final part in a trilogy of reports written by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:37:20 -0800

Businesses are realising that the cost of inaction is greater than the cost of action - CEO of Unilever Paul Polman at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change's Annual Lecture, Imperial College London, 7 April 2014. Calls for action are growing - but ...

The Conversation UK

The Conversation UK
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:16:15 -0700

Simon Buckle. Policy Director, The Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London. Disclosure Statement. Simon Buckle works for Grantham Institute at Imperial College London. He is part of the AVOID 2 research programme funded by the ...
The Fiscal Times
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:40:44 -0700

The prestigious British broadcasting outfit has rebuked one of its stations for featuring Nigel Lawson, who chairs the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) in debate with Sir Brian Hoskins, chair of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change.

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