Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

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Organisation profile

The Tyndall Centre was founded in 2000 to conduct cutting edge, interdisciplinary research, and provide a conduit between scientists and policymakers. With nearly 200 members ranging from PhD researchers to Professors, the Tyndall Centre represents a substantial body of the UK’s climate change expertise from across the scientific, engineering, social science and economic communities.


The Tyndall Centre has since 2000 significantly advanced the fundamental analysis of emission reduction from all major energy sectors, the understanding of climate impacts, risks, and adaptation options, the public perceptions of climate change, and the governance of climate negotiations and policymaking. 


From 2000 to 2010 the Tyndall Centre was core-funded to a total of £19m by the Natural Environment Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Science research Council, and the Economic and Social Research Council. In the year since core funding came to end, Tyndall partners receives several million per year in project funding, including from public and private consultations on how to respond to climate change.




The Tyndall Centre is governed by a Council made of partner representatives and theme leaders, and advised by a Strategic Director. Tyndall Council provides intellectual leadership to the Tyndall Centre and makes decisions.


The annual Assembly of the Tyndall Centre brings together all members to stimulate new ideas, respond to emerging trends and issues, focus priorities and sharpen our long-term strategic orientation.


The Tyndall Centre Headquarters provides expert communication and administrative support to the network.


Council members are: Robert NichollsKevin AndersonStuart CapstickAlistair Ford, Carly McLachlanAsher MinnsMark TebbothNaomi VaughanRachel WarrenMark WilsonClaire HoolohanMaria Sharmina, Oliver HeidrichRachel CarmentaRichard DawsonEmily Cox, Johanna Forster, Alejandro Gallego Schmid, Lois Pennington, Angela Mae Minas, Ruth Wood, Tim Braunholtz-Speight


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The Tyndall network of universities

The Tyndall Centre is a unique partnership between the universities of East Anglia (Headquarters), Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle, Sussex and Fudan University in Shanghai.


University of East Anglia (UEA)
The Tyndall Centre at UEA spans the faculties of Sciences and Social Sciences, represented by researchers from the School of Environmental Sciences, the School of International Development, the Norwich Business School, and the School of Psychology. more
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Cardiff University
The Tyndall Centre at Cardiff University was formed in 2010 and is based in the School of Psychology, the largest psychology department in the UK with internationally-recognised expertise. Researchers are from the Understanding Risk group and from the Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS).  more
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Newcastle University
The Tyndall Centre at Newcastle University was formed in 2004 and is hosted in the Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research. Tyndall Newcastle’s key areas of research cover urban sustainability, infrastructure systems, adaptation and resilience, water resources and climate impacts analysis, flood and coastal engineering, and spatial planning. more
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University of Manchester

The Tyndall Centre at the University of Manchester is based in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering and connects closely with colleagues across the University including in the Manchester Business School and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Tyndall Manchester’s key areas of research focus on analysing options for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, including: emissions pathways and energy system scenarios work at a range of scales, stakeholder perceptions of mitigation solutions including marine renewables and carbon capture and storage, cutting emissions from international transport (aviation and shipping), biomass and biofuels, personal transport policy, community energy finance, energy storage and the water-energy-food nexus. Tyndall Manchester conducts discrete engineering, scientific and social science research, and synthesises findings to provide an integrated system-level understanding of climate change. This combination of specialised and integrated research has contributed to Tyndall Manchester becoming a valuable resource to the business and policy communities, with Centre researchers regularly requested to contribute to high-level policy debates across all spatial scales, from local and regional through to national and global. more
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University of Sussex
The Tyndall Centre at the University of Sussex was formed in 2000. Tyndall Sussex research is managed as part of the Sussex Energy Group a leading social science research group that conducts engaged, multidisciplinary research on transitions to low carbon energy systems.

The Sussex Energy Group is based in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) in the School of Business Management and Economics www.sussex.ac.uk/bmec/. Tyndall Sussex research also drawns on other competences within the university, particularly the Departments of Economics and Geographymore
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University of Oxford
The Tyndall Centre at Oxford University is based in the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment. Tyndall Oxford’s research focuses on adaptation to climate change, particularly in urban areas, and in support of infrastructure. See Oxford researchers here.

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