About the Institute

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment was established by the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2008 to create a world-leading centre for policy-relevant research and training on climate change and the environment, bringing together international expertise on economics, finance, geography, the environment, international development and political economy.

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.
  • Fulfillment: we seek to create an environment in which staff and students can flourish and achieve their full potential, to the benefit of themselves and the Institute.



The activities of the Grantham Research Institute are funded by the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and a number of other sources. In the 2015-16 financial year (1 August 2015 – 31 July 2016), the Institute spent £3,548,570 on its research and other activities.