The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment is a research centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Its research looks at the economics of climate change, and aims to inform policy and academic debate.
The Institute was established in May 2008 with the support of philanthropists Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham, through their Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment. They are pictured above in the front row, on either side of Howard Davies (Director of LSE, 2003-2011) and with Judith Rees and Nicholas Stern of the Grantham Research Institute behind them. >> Who's who at the Institute
Vision, purpose and principles
The Institute's vision is a world in which climate change and other global environmental challenges are managed effectively to promote prosperity and well-being.
The purpose of the Institute is:
to increase knowledge and understanding by performing world-class research on climate change and the environment;
to promote better informed decision-making about climate change and the environment by engaging with a wide range of key audiences around the world; and
to educate and train new generations of researchers through our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
The Institute's principles are:
Independence: We carry out research and other work without interference from our sponsors and supporters.
Rigour: We base our research findings and views on robust evidence and reasoning, and not on ideology.
Internationalism: We are located in the UK, but we aim to advance understanding and inform decision-making across the world.
Leadership: We seek to guide thinking, discussion and decision-making in the UK and beyond on effective solutions to global environmental challenges.
Collaboration: We are committed to working effectively together and with our partners in the UK and across the world.
Engagement: We work constructively with decision-makers among the public, businesses and policy-makers.
The Grantham Research Institute has six research programmes:
Global response strategies;
Practical aspects of climate policy;
Adaptation and development;
Resource security; and
Research projects supported by the Global Green Growth Institute.
The Grantham Research Institute is chaired by Nicholas Stern, co-directed by Simon Dietz, Sam Fankhauser and Judith Rees, and managed by Ginny Pavey. The Institute’s management team, which includes Judith Rees (director of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy), is advised by the steering committee.
The work of the Grantham Research Institute is integrated with the activities of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP), hosted by LSE and the University of Leeds.
The Grantham Research Institute works closely with the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, launched in February 2007, which looks at the science of climate change. The work of both Institutes is overseen by an advisory board.
The Grantham Research Institute is supported by the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment through a grant for £12 million awarded for the period from 2008 to 2018.
The Institute is also supported by the Global Green Growth Institute through a grant for US$2.16 million (£1.35 million) to fund several research project areas from 2012 to 2014.
Members of the Institute receive additional support through other smaller grants.
The Grantham Research Institute is a member of the national Green Impact accreditation programme for Universities across the UK and has developed a number of initiatives to reduce its own environmental impact. These include offsetting its business flights, a comprehensive recycling programme and organising a number of local community engagement and energy saving initiatives for its staff and students.
The Institute received Platinum status in May 2013.
Further information about the School's sustainability programme can be found on the LSE sustainability website.