year : 2016 73 posts
Prosperity without Growth | Book Launch, 19 Dec 2016
What can prosperity possibly mean in a world of environmental and social limits? With this substantially revised and re-written edition, Tim Jackson expands upon the arguments of the 1st edition and demonstrates that building a ‘post-growth’ economy is a precise, definable and meaningful task.
An economy that works | Blog by Tim Jackson
Prosperity isn’t just about earning more and having more, it consists in our ability to participate meaningfully in the life of society. A vital element, Tim Jackson argues, that has gone missing for ordinary people over recent decades. We must question the fundamental structures behind our economies before they will work for everyone.
Mind over matter: is scarcity as much about psychology as it is economics? | Guest blog by Dan Nixon
“Unlimited wants, scarce resources”– this is the economic problem, Dan Nixon finds. But once basic needs are met, how much should scarcity – having “enough” – be understood as a psychological problem? And what would it mean for how economics is taught?
A Dream of a Low Carbon Future | Blog by James McKay
“When an idea is sketched on a page, it can be examined and discussed much more easily than when it merely exists in people’s heads.” In this blog, CUSP Fellow James McKay introduces his recent project: A dream of a low carbon future.
“In the beginning all the world was America”: Review of Purdy’s After Nature
Jedediah Purdy’s history of the idea of nature in American thought provides an instructive context for contemporary environmental debate, Richard Douglas finds, but its idea of democracy founders on the absence of a vision of humanity’s purpose in a post-growth world.
Does slow growth lead to rising instability? | Blog by Craig Rye
In this blog, Research Fellow Craig Rye introduces a set of novel analysis techniques, drawn from ecology and physics, to better understand the changing behaviour of recessions and the business cycle (recession cycle) in historical GDP datasets.
Better Use of Space—Reimagining Building Use | A roundtable for businesses
We live in a world where our buildings are under-utilised, global resource extraction is expected to grow to 82 billion tonnes in 2020, and 300,000 new housing units per year are predicted to be required in the UK. Through this roundtable discussion we will respond to these issues, and work together to challenge our ‘business as usual’ approach to buildings.
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).
Does Brexit mean Brexit? | Seminar with Andrew Gamble
The consequences of the Brexit vote in June 2016 will take many years to be fully understood. This presentation will assess the changes which have already taken place, and will ask whether Brexit will have lasting consequences for British politics and British government.
The End of Growth? Evening debate with Federico Demaria, Graeme Maxton, Jørgen Randers and Kate Raworth
In a world of environmental and social limits, is there still a role for economic growth in delivering a sustainable prosperity? Join us on Monday the 28th November 2016 as we will host Federico Demaria, Graeme Maxton, Jørgen Randers and Kate Raworth for an evening debate at the House of Commons, chaired by Caroline Lucas.
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.
Nature of Prosperity Dialogue: The audacity of hope | London, 28 Nov 2016
In challenging and uncertain times, our theme for second in our series of dialogues on the Nature of Prosperity was the role of hope in redefining and delivering prosperity. The dialogue series is chaired by Baron Rowan Williams and featured Jørgen Randers, Graeme Maxton and Camilla Toulmin.
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.
National Infrastructure Assessment: Methodology Consultation | Evidence Submission
On 26 May 2016, the National Infrastructure Commission published a consultation on the process and methodology for putting together the UK’s first National Infrastructure Assessment. CUSP responded.
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.
Time and nature in the Fossil Economy | Seminar w/ Andreas Malm
Andreas Malm, author of Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming (Verso, 2016), and Associate Senior Lecturer in Human Ecology at Lund University, Sweden, will deliver a talk at Goldsmiths on some of his latest work.
SDG’s in the UK inquiry | Evidence Submission
In July 2016, the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into domestic implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to which the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity responded.
Beyond Consumer Capitalism – Foundations for a Sustainable Prosperity | Working Paper No 2
This paper explores the ramifications of the combined crises now faced by the prevailing growth-based model of economics. In paying a particular attention to the nature of enterprise, the quality of work, the structure of investment and the role of money, the paper develops the conceptual basis for social innovation in each of these areas, and provides empirical examples of such innovations.
Spending time in a low carbon society | RSC event w/ Angela Druckman
Prof Angela Druckman to give a presentation on the embeddedness of carbon in UK lifestyles, at the The Royal Society of Chemistry, 13 October 2016, 6-8pm
Cultivating conversation for energy conservation | Seminar w/ Phil Catney
This talk examines the potential of locally-based interactive knowledge sharing networks – ‘Community Knowledge Networks’ (CKNs) – to enhance community capacity to engage in energy conservation.
Understanding Sustainable Prosperity – Towards a transdisciplinary research agenda | Working Paper No 1
Understanding sustainable prosperity is an essential but complex task. It implies an ongoing multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary research agenda. This working paper sets out the dimensions of this task. In doing so it also establishes the foundations for the research of the ESRC-funded Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP).
FutureLearn study programme: social enterprise in theory and practise
New global study programme with Prof Fergus Lyon and colleagues, introducing students into to the diverse world of social enterprise.
ESRC Festival of Social Science | w/ CUSP event in Guildford
A week-long celebration of the social sciences and social science research, taking place from 5-12 November across the UK, with free to attend events suitable for all ages and levels of interest.
Sustainability and the challenge of transdisciplinarity | Seminar w/ Fergus Lyon and Frances Harris
How can science, business, the public sector and civil society work together? This seminar will discuss findings from the joint think piece on knowledge co-production at the food, water, energy, and environment nexus.
Rethinking the Green Economy | Podium discussion w/ Tim Jackson
Tim Jackson joining discussion panel at "Inside the Green Economy" book launch, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, 19 September 2016
Political Prospects of a Sustainability Transformation | ECPR Joint Sessions workshop, 25-30 April
ECPR Joint Sessions workshop “Beyond the Environmental State? Exploring the Political Prospects of a Sustainability Transformation”, submissions by 1 Dec 2016
Consumption, inequalities and futures | ESA Conference w/ Kate Burningham
Kate Burningham to present paper on sustainable consumption in early motherhood at the upcoming ESA Consumption Research Network conference
Scaling social impact | 8th Int. Social Innovation Research Conference w/ Fergus Lyon
There is a growing interest in design and innovation for wellbeing and sustainability. This was the focus for the ISIR conference in Glasgow with Fergus Lyon chairing a session that looked at how social enterprises and other organisations can increase their impact.
Measuring Prosperity? | Blog by Simon Mair
Barclay’s prosperity map has a very limited view of prosperity, focused almost entirely on financial wealth. Yet media reports have been entirely uncritical. We argue that this shows the power and dangers of measuring prosperity.
Global Resource Observatory: the road to Dr Apocalypse | Seminar w/ Aled Jones
Co-investigator Dr Aled Jones to give an introduction into his work with the Global Resource Observatory (GRO), exploring new techniques for the evaluation of systemic and cascading risks generated by shocks to the food-water-energy nexus.
Nexus Thinking | Annual RGS conference w/ Tim Jackson
The debate on limits to growth is now more than four decades old. But recent experience offers new insights into the challenge. As part of the Annual RGS conference, Tim Jackson's talk starts from a critical examination of the conventional vision and explores the possibilities for moving beyond it.
Governance in the Anthropocene | Blog by Marit Hammond
Our lifestyle today is widely considered to be the dominant influence on climate and the environment. The recognition of the Anthropocene as a new era calls for a new approach to politics, Marit Hammond argues; and the arts could play a key role.
Care, Craft and Creativity: Towards the Economy of Tomorrow | Resurgence 50 w/ Tim Jackson
Tim Jackson to give lecture at Resurgence magazine’s 50th anniversary event: One Earth, One Humanity, One Future - 23 September 2016, Oxford.
Delivering the 1.5°C target | IPCC planning meeting w/ Bronwyn Hayward
Co-investigator Dr Bronwyn Hayward invited to join a scoping meeting for the 2018 IPCC Special Report on the impact of global warming and the COP21 global greenhouse gas emission pathways.
Intergenerational learning: making the SDGs work | Blog by Sue Venn
The Agenda 2030 forms an ambitious set of long-run goals. Yet, for those most affected, the year 2030 seems like a very long time in the future. How can we make the most of it and involve kids in the SDGs task, Sue Venn asks, reflecting on her participation at a recent Global Goals conference at Ken Stimpson Community School.
The Global Goals | School Conference w/ Dr Sue Venn
In this one day school conference, 160 students between the ages of 13-14 are challenged to learn, discuss and create as global citizens methods for the UK to meet the SDGs; in due course designing solutions. Dr Sue Venn is attending the conference to help the students with developing and articulating their ideas.
Fostering a sustainable prosperity | UN High-Level Political Forum w/ Tim Jackson
Tim Jackson speaking at the 2016 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the UN's central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDGs.
Measure What Matters | Global Forum
The global forum is convened by HRH The Prince of Wales, and culminates the Measure What Matters initiative, led by the recently partnered Green Economy Coalition. CUSP is contributing to the event with a presentation by Ian Christie on the implications of social capital for policy and decision making.
#ProsperityIs | Workshop w/ Simon Mair & Angela Druckman
In taking our #ProsperityIs engagement campaign further, Simon Mair and Angela Druckman led an interactive session to explore visions of a sustainable future, imagining a prosperous UK in 2075 and what prosperity on a finite planet may look like.