The Centre is drawing together expert partners from academic and non-academic institutions as co-producers of the work programme. The research programme of CUSP is coordinated from the University of Surrey under the direction of Professor Tim Jackson. CUSP’s academic partners include: University of Surrey, Anglia Ruskin University, Keele University, Goldsmiths College London, University of Glasgow, University of Leeds, Middlesex University, York University (Canada), University of Canterbury (Christchurch, NZ). If you are looking for individual researchers, please see our people network.

The Centre for Environment and Sustainability is an internationally-acclaimed centre of excellence on sustainable development. Taking an inter-disciplinary approach to the analysis of sustainable systems, it integrates engineering based knowledge with insights from the social sciences to develop policy relevant responses to long-term environmental and social issues. Prof Tim Jackson’s academic base is at CES; he is the Director of CUSP. Co-investigators are Prof Angela Druckman and Ian Christie.

Goldsmiths, University of London is located in South East London, and specialises in the study of cultural, creative and social subjects. It is home to the Political Economy Research Centre, a new centre for the cultural and political analysis of economic life, which is where its CUSP-focused activities will be located. PERC’s Co-Director, Dr Will Davies, is leading on our M-Theme.

The School of Culture & Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow, is a recent partner in CUSP. The new Head of the school, Prof Kate Oakley (formerly at Leeds University) is conducting the research projects in our Arts and Culture theme, overseeing the research carried out at Leeds University.

Formed in 1988, the School of Media and Communication is one of the top departments in the country for the study of communication, media and culture. The teaching and research spans a wide range of subjects, from popular culture to political communication, journalism studies to digital media; Media Leeds is one of the major centres in the UK for study of the cultural and media industries.

Middlesex University and the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) has been at the forefront of research on the social economy, entrepreneurship and finance for over 15 years. Within CUSP, Middlesex University will conduct research alternative enterprise and alternative investment. Prof Fergus Lyon from CEEDR is CUSP’s Deputy Director and heading the P-Theme.

Research in Politics, International Relations, and Philosophy has a long and distinguished history at the University of Keele. The institute maintains a commitment to interdisciplinary work based on joint research projects with colleagues working in various areas of the humanities and the natural and social sciences. Keele’s Dr Marit Böker, Dr Philip Catney and Prof Brian Doherty are co-investigators within our P-Theme.

The Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey takes pride in a vibrant and thriving research culture with strengths in a number of fields underpinned by methodological innovation and rigour; the department has an international reputation as a centre of excellence in both research and teaching. Dr Kate Burningham from Surrey’s Sociology department is overseeing our S1-Theme.

The School of Psychology at the University of Surrey is a community of more than 50 academics and professional clinicians undertaking innovative research and delivering quality teaching. The school’s focus lies on psychological issues across the life-course and across generations, in the face of local and global challenges to wellbeing and psychological health. Dr Birgitta Gatersleben from Surrey’s Psychology department is co-investigator within our S1-Theme.

The University of Canterbury (NZ) has a long tradition of promoting and encouraging research excellence and has established an international reputation for its high quality degrees. UC recognises long-term sustainability as one of the key strategic issues that will increasingly affect both this institution and the wider society. This thinking is linked with the University’s vision of “people prepared to make a difference”.  Assc Prof Bronwyn Hayward is co-investigator in our S1-Theme.

The Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) is a high-profile research institute in Anglia Ruskin, and has grown rapidly since its formation in early 2011; a dynamic group of researchers involved in a wide variety of research projects, collaborating with numerous external partners as well as other departments across the university. In 2013, Anglia Ruskin University won the International Sustainable Campus Network Award for integrating sustainability. The Director of GSI, Dr Aled Jones, is co-investigator in our S2-Theme.

The Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University was founded in 1968 at a time of rising curiosity and concern about the environment. It was the first of its kind in North America and remains the largest. FES brings together humanities, arts, social science and natural science approaches; to explore complex contexts – social inequity, globalization, technological change, cultural practices – that give rise to environmental problems; and organize ways of thinking about them. Prof Peter Victor is co-investigator in our S2-Theme.

The Aldersgate Group is an alliance of leaders from business, politics and civil society that drives action for a sustainable economy; a politically impartial organisation that champions the important role of the business sector in moving the UK and the EU towards a sustainable economy. Nick Molho and Alex White are leading the research in our Investing in the Future theme.

An Economy that Works is an alliance of businesses and civil society organisations promoting the long term, structural changes needed to achieve a sustainable economy. It is managed by the World Future Council which works internationally with civil society, parliamentarians, governments, businesses and international organisations to research policies to advance sustainability and future justice.