DR CARMEN SMITH
Carmen is the Centre Coordinator of CUSP. Her role is to facilitate, support and contribute towards research conducted at CUSP and to support the APPG on Limits to Growth. She is the main point of contact for everyday issues and queries relating to the management of the centre.
Carmen joined the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity in November 2016. Her role as Centre Coordinator is to facilitate, support and contribute towards research conducted at CUSP and to support the APPG on Limits to Growth. She is responsible for event management and financial administration, and is the main point of contact for everyday issues and queries relating to the management of CUSP.
Carmen completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology, and her Doctorate in Environmental Sustainability, both at the University of Bath. Her thesis focussed on the psychology of participation within LETS, Timebanks and Ecovillages as well as the successes and failures of these initiatives as alternative community-economic models for sustainability.
Since a young age, Carmen has volunteered in sustainability and environmental conservation organisations including the Avon Wildlife Trust. In early 2016 she contributed to the Sustainable Development Program at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Working as part of the SSE team at UNRISD, she wrote a research paper commissioned by the Food and Agricultural Organisation on the Social and Solidarity Economy as a means of implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Her interests are in sustainable culture, post-consumerism, the development of alternative economic models, the communication of climate change and discourses on social and cultural change.