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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.

Moral Economies of the Future – The Utopian Impulse of Sustainable Prosperity | Working Paper No 5

The field of ‘moral economy’ explores the ways in which seemingly amoral economic institutions are normatively and politically instituted. However it has tended to neglect the question of how economic actors make commitments to the long-term future, of the sort that are implied by the idea of ‘sustainable prosperity’. Anthropocenic utopias are urgently required.

Combining film and field notes to explore spatial practices

This short film seeks to give insight into a particular spatial practice. The use of video and field notes taken as primary research, is set to raise questions around positionality, context, and geographical framing in how and why we measure and understand (time)spaces.

The Anthropocene Reading Group 2016-17 | PERC, London

Coordinated by Will Davies, Richard Douglas and Nick Taylor, the Anthropocene Reading Group is meeting regularly to discuss some of the latest literature in the field. The monthly meetings will take place on Wednesdays at 4pm.

Survey: Values and Everyday Experiences

Take part in our study to understand how people's values may impact upon their everyday experiences and feelings. The results will help inform research and interventions looking at how a change in values may allow for more positive experiences and improved well-being.

CUSP response | EAC report on Sustainability and HM Treasury

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee report on the workings of the Treasury has been warmly welcomed by researchers at the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP).

Disruptive Innovation Festival 2016 | Tim Jackson in conversation with Ken Webster and Joss Blériot

Having explored in depth the topic of our industrialised societies’ relationship with materials, as well as the need for gradual decoupling between development and resource impact, Tim Jackson joins the Disruptive Innovation Festival, discussing the potential of the circular economy at scale.

On the use of instability indicators in exploring inter-decadal GDP variability | Working Paper No 4

This paper explores the use of instability indicators developed in statistical physics to analyse the stability of the GDP within national longitudinal datasets. From our early results it is suggested that they may provide invaluable insights into the inter-decadal dynamics of the macro-economy, providing potentially useful insights into (e.g.) the nature of the business cycle, secular stagnation and the restoring forces of the economy.

The Political Culture of a Democratic Route towards Sustainable Prosperity | Seminar w/ Marit Hammond

Why would voters support policies that would leave them potentially materially worse off? In her presentation at Keele University, co-investigator Marit Hammond re-considers the link between democracy and sustainability from the angle of political culture.

Indicators for sustainable prosperity? Challenges and potentials for indicator use in political processes | Working Paper No 3

The use of quantified indicators for the implementation and measurement of social progress is a well-established policy tool. However, any form of ‘social progress’ is inherently contested and a meaningful application of indicators in such contexts poses numerous challenges. In this paper we explore how indicators might be used to research and implement sustainable prosperity.