Henry Grub


I grew up with easy access to the British countryside and wildlife and have got a love for it from the very beginning. But whilst I enjoyed spending time outdoors as a child it became increasingly apparent as I was growing up that the natural world as I had known it was under threat from all sides.

So generally I’m in this job to see if I can try and save it so my future kids – and grandkids and so on – can enjoy it growing up as much as I did… and do still to this day!

Research Interests

My main interests can be broadly thought of as coalescing around the central question of ‘how do we achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals’? This is a multi-disciplinary questions, and so my current research mixes biology, climate science, psychology, geography and economics (and more!) Sustainability is a critical research topic to me owing to our inherent need to achieve the SDGs pretty soon if society is to function as we know it. But the inherent trade-offs that are present, plus the huge engagement requirements and integrated approach required make this a mammoth, all-hands-on-deck task.

Current Research

Lead Researcher of OxPOCH – the Oxford Partnership for Operationalising the Conservation Hierarchy – a project aimed at testing the conservation hierarchy framework at the University of Oxford to increase the institution’s sustainability. Our main focuses are on increasing the sustainability of the University’s food consumption and ensuring that the university’s infrastructure projects are managed in a ‘biodiversity net gain’ way, to mitigate against biodiversity loss.

OxPOCH PI is EJ Milner-Gulland and funded by the OUP John Fell Fund.


Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology (AMRSB)

Associate Member of Merton College MCR



Grub (2019) Delivering biodiversity net gain for infrastructure development through stakeholder engagement. Undergraduate dissertation, University of Oxford. Online at: https://iccs.org.uk/sites/www.iccs.org.uk/files/inline-files/HenryGrub_Dissertation_Jan2019_1.pdf

Presentations given

Grub (2019) Delivering More Effective Biodiversity Net Gain by Incorporating Stakeholder Inputs. Charted Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management Spring Conference. Online at: https://cieem.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/7.-Henry-Grub.pdf