Dr Sarah Greenham BSc (Hons) MSc PhD

Dr Sarah Greenham

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Impact Fellow

Dr Sarah Greenham is an Impact Fellow in the Urban Design and Green Infrastructure strand of the West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme, WM-Air. Her interdisciplinary research background primarily focuses on adapting cities and their infrastructure to the impacts of climate change. The research Sarah undertakes is motivated by the opportunity for knowledge exchange and stakeholder engagement, as well as delivering policy impact; having contributed to or collaborated on projects involving organisations such as Transport for London (TfL), Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Combined Authority, Network Rail, the World Road Association (PIARC) and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Through her research, Sarah aims to support decision-makers by translating science into practical tools and actions that foster positive change for both people and places.


  • PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, 2023
  • MSc in Climate Change and Sustainability, Brunel University London, 2018
  • BSc (Hons) in Urban Planning, Design and Management, University College London, 2011

Other activities

  • Visiting Researcher to Japan Railway (JR) Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI), Tokyo, Japan, in 2020, funded by the Rail Infrastructure Systems Engineering Network (RISEN)
  • JSPS Summer Program Fellow 2019, hosted by the Department of Civil Engineering International Project Laboratory, University of Tokyo, Japan


Recent publications


Greenham, S, Workman, R, McPherson, K, Ferranti, E, Fisher, R, Mills, S, Street, R, Dora, J, Quinn, A & Roberts, C 2023, 'Are transport networks in low-income countries prepared for climate change? Barriers to preparing for climate change in Africa and South Asia', Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, vol. 28, no. 8, 44. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11027-023-10078-1

Ferranti, E, Cook, S, Greenham, S, Grayson, N, Futcher, J & Salter, K 2023, 'Incorporating Heat Vulnerability into Local Authority Decision Making: An Open Access Approach', Sustainability, vol. 15, no. 18, 13501. https://doi.org/10.3390/su151813501

Sultan, H, Grayson, N, Jones, S, Pike, D, Greenham, S, Needle, D, Sadler, J & Frew, E 2023, 'Mapping Environmental Justice – a first for the United Kingdom', Journal of Town and Country Planning .

Greenham, S, Ferranti, E, Powell, R, Drayson, K & Quinn, A 2023, 'The impact of heat on London Underground infrastructure in a changing climate', Weather, vol. 78, no. 6, pp. 170-175. https://doi.org/10.1002/wea.4421

Greenham, S, Ferranti, E, Quinn, A & Drayson, K 2020, 'The impact of high temperatures and extreme heat to delays on the London Underground rail network: an empirical study', Meteorological Applications, vol. 27, no. 3, e1910. https://doi.org/10.1002/met.1910

Commissioned report

Greenham, S, Jones, S, Ferranti, E, Zhong, J, Acton, J, MacKenzie, AR & Grayson, N 2023, Mapping climate risk and vulnerability with publicly available data. A guidance document produced by the WM-Air project. University of Birmingham. https://doi.org/10.25500/epapers.bham.00004259

Ferranti, E, Greenham, S & Wood, R 2021, Adaptation pathways for infrastructure operators and policymakers.

Acton, J, Anderson, P, Andres, L, Angus, M, Amor, P, Arrowsmith, J (ed.), Asmelash, H, Bartington, S (ed.), Bengtsson, F, Bhullar, L, Bloss, W, Bonet, B, Börner, S, O Bonsu, N, Bryson, JR, Burns, V, Burrows, A, Calvert, C, Cassidy, N, Cavoski, A, Chadyiwa, M, Chapman, H, Chapman, L, Cockram, M, Degendardt, L, Dickinson, D, Ding, Y, Dobrzynski, D, Dolo, M, Dora, J, Ercolani, M, Ersoy, A, Farag, H, Ferranti, E, Fisher, R, Freer, M, Goldmann, N, Goode, CE, Greenham, S, Gulati, S, Hadfield-Hill, S, Harper, G, Hegerl, G, Hillmansen, S, Holmes, J, Huang, JJ, Huser, C, Jackson, R, Jaroszweski, D, Jefferson, I, Johnson, J, Kaewunruen, S, Kelly-Akinnuoye, F, Kettles, G, Kraftl, P, Krause, S, Leckebusch, GC, Lee, R, Lockwood, B (ed.), Lohse, J, Luna Diez, E, Lynch, I (ed.), MacKenzie, R, Maddison, D, Makepeace, J, Mann, V, Marino, R, Mavronicola, N, McDonald, M, McGowan, K (ed.), Metje, N, Ng, K, Nicol, J, O'Sullivan, C, Phalkey, N, Prestwood, E, Pyatt, N, Quinn, A, Radcliffe, J (ed.), Ravi, M, Reardon, L, Reeder, T, O’Regan, P, Remedios, L, Roberts, J, Rogers, C, Rungskunroch, P, van Schaik, W, Swan, J (ed.), Thomson, I, Toft, H (ed.), Tong, J, Botello Villagrana, F, Walton, A, Wason, C (ed.), Weir, C, Wood, R & Zhong, J 2021, Addressing the climate challenge. University of Birmingham. https://doi.org/10.25500/epapers.bham.00003451

Ferranti, E, Greenham, S, Dora, J, Pyatt, N, Quinn, A & Reeder, T 2021, Review of Network Rail’s Weather Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Plans: A report for the Office of Road and Rail. <http://www.orr.gov.uk/media/22602>

Greenham, S, Ferranti, E, Workman, R, McPherson, K, Quinn, A, Fisher, R, Mills, S, Street, R, Packham, K, Baxter, W & Dora, J 2021, State of Knowledge Report: Adaptation for Transport Resilience to Climate Change (AfTR-CC) for LICs in Africa and South Asia. High Volume Transport Applied Research. <https://transport-links.com/download/state-of-knowledge-report-adaptation-for-transport-resilience-to-climate-change-aftr-cc-for-lics-in-africa-and-south-asia/#>

Other contribution

Greenham, S, Workman, R, Ferranti, E, McPherson, K, Quinn, A, Street, R, Dora, J, Fisher, R, Mills, S, Packham, K, Baxter, W & Roberts, C 2022, Climate-resilient transport: a policy guide.. <https://transport-links.com/download/climate-resilient-transport-a-policy-guide/>

Review article

Fisher, R, Ferranti, E, Greenham, S & Quinn, A 2023, 'Climate change resilience beyond the mainline railway: a review', Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1680/jcien.23.00101

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