A PhD candidate at the Politics Department at Goldsmiths, University of London, Richard Douglas is contributing to work on meanings and moral framings of the good life, under CUSP’s M theme. His research is investigating: the contradictions which the idea of environmental sustainability poses to modern visions of an indefinite future of material progress; the implications this has for understandings of human (im)mortality; and the resulting impacts on sustainability’s normative influence in the present day.
Previously he has worked as a committee specialist at the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee. In this role he supported the Committee on a range of inquiries, including those on the economics of climate change, emissions trading, carbon budgets, green taxation, sustainable transport, and sustainable housing. He has also worked as a senior analyst at the National Audit Office, examining the value for money of government projects and the financial sustainability of local government services. He has also been involved in the Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability project.
He has written extensively on the environment, economics, and politics in a range of publications, including the International Journal of Green Economics, Monthly Review, Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy, Political Quarterly, Open Democracy, and a book, Future Ethics (2010).