Professor Malcom Grant reappointed to the ESRC

24 January 2011

David Willetts, the Minister for Universities and Science, has reappointed Professor Malcolm Grant to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Professor Malcolm Grant is a barrister, an environmental lawyer, academic and public servant. He was Professor of Land Economy and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University before taking up the post of President and Provost of UCL in 2003. Professor Grant has served as Chairman of the Local Government Commission for England (1996-2002) and the UK Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission (2000-2005). He was awarded the CBE in 2003 for services to planning law and local government and was Chair of The Russell Group of UK research universities from 2006 - 2009.

Professor Grant has researched and published widely in areas including:

  • planning and environmental law
  • regulation of biotechnology
  • local government structures, finance and political management
  • central-local government relations
  • human rights, property and participation
  • environmental dispute resolution.

He is a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Hong Kong University Grants Committee.

Professor Grant has been reappointed to ESRC Council for a period of two years from 1 August 2011 to 31 July 2013.

For further information contact

ESRC Press Office:

Notes for editors

  1. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector. The ESRC's planned total expenditure in 2009/10 is £204 million. At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes. 
  2. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is building a dynamic and competitive UK economy by: creating the conditions for business success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this it will foster world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS - Investing in our future.
  3. This appointment has been made in accordance with the requirements of the Code of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The appointee has not been involved in any relevant political activities in the last five years. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity (if any declared) to be made public.
  4. The appointee holds no other ministerial appointments.
  5. Professor Grant is entitled to receive an honorarium of £6,850 per year.