School of Earth and Environment

Andy Challinor Prof Andy Challinor

Professor of Climate Impacts

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Room: 11.107



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Andy Challinor is a Professor of Climate Impacts at the University of Leeds. He began his research career with a PhD at the University of Leeds on boundary layer flow through forests. He then spent some years at Reading, conducting postdoctoral research on the impacts of climate variability and change on food crops. He returned to Leeds in 2007 to take up a Lectureship and initiate and lead the The Climate Impacts group. Andy led the NERC consortium End-to-end quantification of uncertainty for impacts prediction (EQUIP) and leads Flagship work on Climate Smart Agriculture for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). He was Lead Author on the ‘Food Production Systems and Food Security’ chapter of the Fifth Assessment report of the IPCC and Lead Author for the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017.


  • BSc Physics (European) Honours Class I, 1992 -1996, Department of Physics, The University of Leeds
  • PhD in Meteorology and Forest Micro-Climate, 1996 -1999, School of the Environment, The University of Leeds


Serving member of:

  • Associate member of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (
  • UK Government Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) Roster of Experts
  • Editorial Boards of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology and World Agriculture
  • The University of Leeds Africa College Partnership Research Director
  • Open Panel of Experts of the WMO Commission for Climatology (OPACE)

Research Interests

Andy Challinor’s work focusses principally on using climate modelling and process studies to understand food production and food security; treatments of uncertainty and managing risk; and climate-resilient pathways and adaptation. He aims to contribute significantly to the knowledge and policy base for sustainably strengthening the food security and health, especially amongst those societies that are vulnerable to climate variability and change. He does this by working with experts in a range of disciplines, from epidemiologists and ecologists to social scientists and economists.

Andy is also developing an international crop modelling community, through maintenance of a website for access to the crop simulation model GLAM (, which he jointly developed. The site currently has 291 registered users and we regularly receive requests for new accounts.

Teaching Interests

Andy teaches the MSc Module ‘Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation’ as part of MSc in Sustainability (Climate Change). He was the designer and programme manager of MSc in Climate Systems Science, Leeds 2010 – 2011. He also teaches a number of guest undergraduate lectures, on areas closely related to his research, and he acts as a personal tutor.

Project details

New PhD projects are advertised at the doctoral training centre –


  • FP7 SPECS (Seasonal-to-decadal climate Prediction for the improvement of European Climate Services), 2012, £215k, Co-I
  • Adaptation to progressive climate change
  • FP7 EUPORIAS (European Provision Of Regional Impact Assessment on a Seasonal-to-decadal timescale), 2012, £1.1M, Co-I
  • BBSRC-funded contribution to FACCE MACSUR Knowledge Hub on Crop Modelling 2012, £80k, Co-I
  • BBSRC project “Effects of environmental change: increased nematode pest status on UK crops,”2012,£880k,Co-I
  • ESPA Partnership and Project Development grant 2010 “Enhancing water for food: poverty reduction through improved management of ecosystem services for sustainable food production in sub-Saharan Africa,” Co-I
  • Private donor grant of £250k for a Fellowship in Sustainable Agriculture for Global Food Security 2010-2013, awarded following a proposal by a team of three academics
  • BBSRC project “Sustainable pollination services for UK crops” Co-I, £674k for Leeds component
  • China-UK Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network (SAIN) project “Addressing vulnerabilities and building capacity for adaptation of agriculture to climate change in China” 2010-2013, PI for Leeds component, £49k
  • NERC consortium grant PI 2009-2012: End-to-end quantification of uncertainty for impacts prediction (EQUIP). Total value £1.4M
  • CGIAR/ESSP programme ‘Climate change, agriculture and food security’ (CCAFS) Theme Leader, total value to Leeds £434k for the first three-year component
  • University of Leeds Africa College Co-I, 2010-2014, £1.4M over six years
  • ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy 2008-2013 Co-Investigator. Total value £5.5M
  • NERC/ESRC/DFID ESPA project 2009-2010 “Using climate change information in ecosystems services for poverty alleviation research in China.” Co-I, Total value at Leeds: £150k
  • CGIAR Agriculture and Health Research Platform project 2009-2011, 230k USD as PI on project: “Measuring, predicting and adapting to aflatoxin risk under climate variability and change”
  • NERC/ESRC/DFID Ecosystems Services and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) subcontract 2007-2008, to critically examine research methods and knowledge gaps in the impacts of climate change on Chinese agriculture
  • NERC QUEST project, Co-I, 2007-2009 “Global scale impacts of climate change: a multi-sectoral analysis.” £124k
  • DEFRA UK-China subcontract (PI) to provide placements for training in crop–climate modelling. August-December 2006. £17k
  • British Council ARC award (PI) to enable travel for collaborative work. June 2005 - April 2006. £450k
  • Substantial contribution to the CGAM NCASII proposal Science Theme 4: ‘Exploring predictability and the impacts of climate variability and change.’ Funding for one PDRA for 2 years
  • Dorothy Hodgson Postgraduate Award (PI) for a joint NERC-Hutchinson-Whampoa studentship. Jan 2005 – Jan 2008. £75k
  • Indo-UK subcontract with colleagues at Reading to study extreme events under future climates in India, and their impacts on crop production. July 2004 – Sept 2004. £8k
  • DEFRA UK-China subcontract to provide a placement for training in crop–climate modelling. April to June 2003. £1.6k