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Dance Me to the End of Love—An Economics for Tomorrow | Guest blog by Alan Simpson

Any economics that defines the time given to human interaction as negative productivity has lost the plot, Alan Simpson writes in his guest blog. The economy of tomorrow must be built around people and their inbuilt kindness and decency.

Writing A Better Future | Guest Blog by Denise Baden

Most of us feel it: the future doesn't look too bright. Dark future visions such as the Black Mirror series feed into our anxieties; the global news and climate change discourse create further avoidance. What we need, Denise Baden argues in this guest blog, are positive visions that allow transformative solutions to be showcased and played out—a kind of product placement for sustainability. Her Writing A Better Future project is trying to do exactly that: through a series of writing competitions.

Carillion may have collapsed, but public-private partnerships can be so much more | Guest blog by Pete Barbrook-Johnson

Concerns around private companies delivering under par public services have long been aired. The collapse of Carillon, a long-standing contractor to the UK government did only worsen the picture. We should take advantage of this public ‘crisis’ in PPP, Pete Barbook-Johnson writes, not to consign them to the neoliberal history books, but to reimagine and improve them.

Green infrastructure: the landscape of sustainability | Guest blog by Michael Wilkins

Sustainable infrastructure is key to the low-carbon transition, Michael Wilkins argues in this guest blog — it mitigates the effects of climate change and helps protect communities from its impact. Unlocking private finance for this will be vital.

The welfare state’s role in the transition to sustainable prosperity | Guest Blog by Dan Bailey

In his guest blog, Dan Bailey discusses the role and necessity of the welfare state in ensuring the democratic legitimacy of the transition to ‘sustainable prosperity’. He writes here about the welfare state in the context of prolonged austerity and the political revolts of the Trump vote and Brexit referendum, and in dialogue with different streams of work within CUSP.

Reporting Climate Survival – Review of Gaia Vince’s Adventures in the Anthropocene

Adventures in the Anthropocene—the fourth book discussed in the Anthropocene Reading Group—stands out from the others as the first that might be taken to the beach. Gaia Vince’s intrepid reportage has won her generous reviews. Yet, the journalistic and scientific objectivity—the twin lenses of her investigation—comes at a price, Robert Butler finds.

Political Populism and Sustainability | Guest blog by Mike Hulme

This blog is a transcript of Mike's contribution to the conference Sustainability in Turbulent Times on 16 March 2016, reflecting on the implications of recent swings towards populism and nationalism around the world, for the relationship between inequality, democracy and sustainability.

When degrowth enters the parliament | Guest blog by Federico Demaria

Ecological Economist Federico Demaria was one of the panellist at our recent House of Commons debate on ‘Degrowth' as an international movement gaining traction. Here's his report on the challenges and tasks ahead.

Mind over matter: is scarcity as much about psychology as it is economics? | Guest blog by Dan Nixon

“Unlimited wants, scarce resources”– this is the economic problem, Dan Nixon finds. But once basic needs are met, how much should scarcity – having “enough” – be understood as a psychological problem? And what would it mean for how economics is taught?