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Understanding investment for sustainable prosperity — breaking down the silos | Blog by Fergus Lyon

At CUSP we're looking at sustainable finance from various angles. By combining transdisciplinary perspectives, we aim to provide a richer understanding of investment and shed light on issues that have hampered the development of a green economy and more sustainable forms of prosperity.

Professional Ethics in the Mirror. A response to Melissa Lane | by Aled Jones and Alison Greig

Academics must be conscious of the impact they create, Aled Jones and Alison Greig argue in their commentary, "even if that impact is unintentional. We must take responsibility for the action, or lack thereof, from the knowledge that we disseminate."

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.

Against environmental awakening | Review of Bonneuil and Fressoz’s The Shock of the Anthropocene

What if we have known about our unsustainable destruction of the environment for a long time? Might we learn from our history of conscious ruin, and see more lucidly which institutions, social relations and modes of thought have perpetuated it?

Taming the Climate? How politicians talk about climate change | Blog by Rebecca Willis

Climate change is not an easy subject for politicians - they have to turn scientific consensus about the need for action into a workable agenda that can win people’s support. But how do politicians go about this? In this blog, CUSP fellow Rebecca Willis summarises her research findings.

Professionals and citizens. A response to Melissa Lane | by Victor Anderson

Citizenship is not so undifferentiated as Melissa Lane's paper makes out, Victor Anderson finds, and is every bit as diverse in the particular duties it implies. Professionalism matters, yes – but being a good citizen matters even more.

‘Professional ethics’ or ‘risk management’? A response to Melissa Lane | by Will Davies

Environmental ethics cannot simply focus on the macro and the micro-levels of decision-making, Will Davies writes, when the sociology of contemporary capitalism compels us to consider the ethical commitments of institutions and authorities that operate between the two.

Journey to Earthland — The Great Transition to Planetary Civilization | Book Review by Simon Mair

Paul Raskin’s Journey to Earthland is a thought-provoking essay that delivers an imaginative, compelling critique of societal problems, culminating in an ambitious description of a global eco-utopia.

An economy that works | Blog by Tim Jackson

Prosperity isn’t just about earning more and having more, it consists in our ability to participate meaningfully in the life of society. A vital element, Tim Jackson argues, that has gone missing for ordinary people over recent decades. We must question the fundamental structures behind our economies before they will work for everyone.

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?