Natasha Grist

Affiliate Member of the Tyndall Centre, John Innes Foundation Fellow in Sustainable Development and Agriculture

Natasha Grist specialises in climate change, food systems, farming and international development, aiming to influence strategy and technical programmes that improve people’s farming practices and livelihoods across the world.

Natasha has been back at UEA since January 2020, teaching on agriculture and climate change. From November 2020, Natasha is funded by the John Innes Foundation to address the urgent challenges of agriculture, food security and sustainable development. She will be fostering a coherent programme of activity and capacity building, bringing together the wealth of science research at UEA, Tyndall Centre, the John Innes Centre and the Norwich Research Park, and their national and international partners.

During her ten years before this at the Overseas Development Institute and Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Natasha’s applied research focussed on the processes of how climate and livelihood innovations are embedded on-farm and in communities in developing countries, and how institutions mainstream climate resilience into strategy and programming.  This included technical policy advice, programme design and evaluation and stakeholder engagement at all levels. She was Head of Research for the Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), establishing a £13m research fund with innovative funding streams, capacity building and partnerships development. She completed her PhD at UEA  in 2005, and a post-doc at Tyndall UEA in 2008 and has international experience in many countries in East and West Africa, and Brazil and Nepal.

Since Lockdown in early 2020, Natasha has supported Norwich’s recent start-up business Goodery, a grocery marketplace / ‘foodhub’ that connects local farmers, ethical business and ‘conscious’ consumers, helping with their sustainability strategy, research and links with the local farming community. See Natasha is also an active member of the Sustainable Living Initiative in Norwich. See


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Grist, N., Winkels, A., Reynolds, J., & J. Pharoah (2020). Clean fuel switch: Exploring the multiple benefits of biogas: Final Report. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). (LINK)

Grist, N. (2018) How does innovation build climate resilience in the Sahel? Five case studies and lessons learned. Overseas Development Institute, N. Grist:  Innovation Theme lead) (LINK).

Wiggins, S., Farrington, J., Grist, N. and A. Locke (2015) Agricultural development policy: a contemporary agenda. 2nd edition, Overseas Development Institute/GIZ (LINK).

Grist, N. (2015) Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Evidence on Demand Topic Guide. Commissioned by UK Department for International Development (LINK).

Granoff, I., Eis, J., Hoy, C., Watson, C., Khan, A. and N. Grist (2015) Targetting Zero-Zero: achieving zero extreme poverty on the path to zero net emissions. Overseas Development Institute (LINK)

Zezza, A., Grist, N. and P. Winters (2014) Climate Smart Agriculture: Capturing the Synergies among Mitigation, Adaptation and Food Security in Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Mid Term Project Evaluation Report (LINK).

Mendler de Suarez, J., Suarez, P, and authors including N. Grist (2012) Games for a New Climate? Experiencing the Complexity of Future Risks. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Futures, Task Force report  (LINK).

Grist, N. and C. Ifejika Speranza (2012) Climate change and African development, in Lundsgarde, E. Africa toward 2030: challenges for development policy, London: Palgrave MacMillan, pp.105-137.

Boyd, E., Grist, N., Juhola, S. and V. Nelson (2009) Exploring Development Futures in a changing climate: frontiers for development policy and practice, Development Policy Review Vol 27 (6) pp. 659-674  (LINK

Brooks, N., Grist, N. and K. Brown (2009) Development futures in the context of climate change: challenging the present and learning from the past, Vol 27 (6) pp.741-765 (LINK

Grist, N. (2008) Positioning Climate Change in Sustainable Development Discourse, Journal of International Development Vol 20 (6) pp. 783-803 (LINK)


Grist, N

Positioning Climate Change in Sustainable Development Discourses Journal Article

In: Journal of International development, 20 (6), pp. 1-20, 2008.


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School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK

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