Carmen joined the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity in November 2016 as CUSP coordinator and has since moved into a research focused position, working within our theme on social and psychological understandings of the good life.
Carmen completed her Doctorate in Environmental Sustainability and undergraduate degree in Psychology, 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.