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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

HRH Fellowships Dinner

With The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme, we are building a cohort of leading academics from around the world. They undertake research with the ambition of unlocking the potential of the University to partner with business, government and financial institutions on real-world challenges and opportunities that must be addressed in order to build a sustainable economy.​

The Programme aims to foster new transdisciplinary thinking on sustainability, leading to practical insights, tools and recommendations for decision-makers to carry into their organisations alongside important advances in fundamental knowledge. From 2022, the Programme will be based at CISL’s new premises; a low carbon, retrofitted building in the centre of Cambridge, which will serve as a vibrant atmosphere for collaborative research.

Download our research flyer here or The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme brochure here.

The Programme brings outstanding individuals into CISL to research its ‘Transformation 2030 Agenda’ in zero carbon, circular economy, protection of nature, inclusive and resilient societies. Each Fellowship develops real-world solutions, encompassing relevance, practicality and research impact to enable private sector action on sustainability. Funding for the Fellowships has been secured through philanthropic donations from visionary companies, foundations and individuals.


Become a Prince of Wales Fellow

This exciting new Programme offers Fellows the opportunity to develop and lead independent research projects of relevance to one of our defined topics.


Current Fellowships

CISL’s research aims to strengthen our impact on business, government and financial institutions by informing their transition to a sustainable economy, defined as a net zero, circular, restorative economy with an inclusive society exhibiting high levels of social and environmental justice. 

Dr Pablo Salas – Radical innovation and disruption

Pablo examines how radical innovation and disruption can catalyse the transition to a sustainable economy. He works to identify
the main gaps and opportunities in strategic technological and business sectors.

Supported by Paul and Michelle Gilding.

Dr Polina Yaseneva – Transforming
the pulp and paper industry

Polina explores how the pulp and paper industry can find a feasible path towards sustainability. She concentrates on the development of novel applications in manufacturing polymers and consumer products.

Supported by Sappi.

Dr Elia Apostolopoulou – Infrastructure and sustainable communities

Elia focuses on the socio-economic and environmental consequences of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Her research considers how mega-infrastructure projects directly influence the connection between society and nature.

Supported by the Equal Opportunities Foundation.


Dr Anna Barford – Pathways to a just circular economy

Anna maps pathways to a ‘ just circular
economy’ by focussing on the living wage. She explores how the 'circular economy’ creates jobs for young people in low-income countries, while dealing with climate change, pollution and resource constraints.

Supported by Unilever.

Caroline Lee – Community and well-being

Caroline examines how retailers can contribute to community wellbeing. She focuses on building resilience and tackling disadvantages in UK communities within
the context of austerity and growing inequalities.

Supported by ASDA.

Dr Gabriel Okello – Air quality and NCDs

Gabriel researches strategies to reduce outdoor air pollution in African cities. He is creating a platform for knowledge-sharing among key air pollution stakeholders, with the aim of building healthier communities through transition from fossil-fuelled transport to electric mobility.

Supported by AstraZeneca.


Dr Dina Khalifa – Luxury and social inclusion

Dina analyses the role of the luxury industry in the development of more equal societies. She asks how luxury brands can establish themselves as potential engines for social good.

Supported by Chanel.

Dr Emma Garnett – Sustainable consumption

Emma considers the role of retailers in empowering consumers to make sustainable choices. Through direct experimentation,
she is exploring our understanding of how company sourcing and communication
affect buying habits.

Supported by Sainsbury’s.

Dr Bojun Wang – Climate risk in aviation

Bojun researches scenarios for transition and physical risk within the aviation industry. He takes a system level approach to the aviation sector and models financial risk with a view to include complex industry stakeholder perspectives. 

Supported by Heathrow.


Dr Florence Nabwire – Nutrition in
the first 1,000 days of life

Florence examines micronutrient
deficiencies in the first 1000 days of life
in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular
focus on behavioural factors underlying diets in urban environments, and how businesses and policy makers can drive healthier outcomes.

Supported by Stichting Royal DSM – Brighter Living Foundation.

Dr Livia Ventura – New corporate forms

Livia is researching corporate governance frameworks which allow organisations to embed sustainability into their legal form. She applies a legal lens to business transformation with a view to fostering policy recommendations.

Supported by Anglian Water Services.


"Universities contribute to society through the creation of new knowledge and the development of new skills. It is our aspiration to do this in ways that are relevant and purposeful.

The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme, hosted by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, will help us to do just that by allowing academics to engage productively with business, government and financial institutions for society's benefit – both in the UK and globally."

Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge


Gianna Huhn

Dr Gianna Huhn, Senior Manager, Sustainable Economy

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Contact  for further inquiries about the Fellowship Programme or the application process.