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The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme

The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme is building a cohort of leading academics from around the world to undertake research with the ambition to unlock the potential of the University to partner with business, government and finance 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 2020 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.



HRH The Prince of Wales has agreed that the University can establish the Programme in his name to bring researchers together with influential corporate and policy practitioners across the globe. Launched in July 2018, it represents a public tribute to his leadership in the cause of protecting the environment, promoting healthy communities, and building sound economies around the world.  

The Programme brings outstanding individuals into CISL to research its ‘Transformation 2030 Agenda’ in NetZero carbon economy, restorative business practice, inclusive societies, and sustainable cities. Each Fellowship is hosted by one of CISL’s centres and funding for the Fellowships has been secured through philanthropic donations from companies, foundations and individuals.


Current fellowships

Host: Centre for Policy and Industrial Transformation





Radical innovation and disruption

The implications of innovation and disruption associated with the transition to a sustainable economy.

Dr Pablo Salas

Paul and Michelle Gilding

Transforming the pulp and paper industry

How trends of innovation and sustainability will reshape the future of the paper and pulp industry.

Dr Polina Yaseneva


Pathways to a circular economy

Business risks and opportunities provided by ‘circular’ versus ‘linear’ models of production and consumption.

Dr Anna Barford


Infrastructure and sustainable communities

The effectiveness of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in delivering sustainable development at the local level.

Dr Elia Apostolopoulou

The Equal Opportunities Foundation

Air quality and NCDs

The impacts of air quality on respiratory, oncological and cardiovascular disease prevalence.

Dr Gabriel Okello



Host: Centre for Business Transformation





Community wellbeing

Contribution of community engagement by the retail sector to community wellbeing in the UK.

Caroline Lee


Luxury and social inclusion

The potential role of the luxury sector in the transition towards more inclusive societies.

Dr Dina Khalifa


Sustainable Consumption

The role of retailers in empowering consumers and connecting them to solutions that enable sustainable consumption

Emma Garnett



Future fellowships



Summary description


Centre for Business Transformation

Sustainability decision-making*

Evaluating investment decisions to ensure maximal social and natural value from the distribution of limited resources 

Anglian Water

Nutrition in first 1,000 days of life **

 Micronutrient deficiency in Sub-Saharan Africa - factors underlying diet of children in first 1000 days.

Royal DSM

Centre for Sustainable Finance

Climate risk in aviation

Scenarios for transition and physical risk for the aviation industry.



* The Fellow will be appointed at the level of Senior Research Associate or Research Associate

**The Fellow will be appointed at the level of Research Associate


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"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


Theo Hacking

Jake Reynolds

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