month : 01/2017 19 posts
Understanding investment for sustainable prosperity — breaking down the silos | Blog by Fergus Lyon
At CUSP we're looking at sustainable finance from various angles. By combining transdisciplinary perspectives, we aim to provide a richer understanding of investment and shed light on issues that have hampered the development of a green economy and more sustainable forms of prosperity.
Integrating Health and Environment | NCSE conference with Tim Jackson
CUSP Director Prof Tim Jackson has been invited to give a keynote presentation at the 17th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment in Washington, D.C.. The event is hosted by The National Council for Science and the Environments.
Professional Ethics in the Mirror. A response to Melissa Lane | by Aled Jones and Alison Greig
Academics must be conscious of the impact they create, Aled Jones and Alison Greig argue in their commentary, "even if that impact is unintentional. We must take responsibility for the action, or lack thereof, from the knowledge that we disseminate."
When degrowth enters the parliament | Guest blog by Federico Demaria
Ecological Economist Federico Demaria was one of the panellist at our recent House of Commons debate on ‘Degrowth' as an international movement gaining traction. Here's his report on the challenges and tasks ahead.
Against environmental awakening | Review of Bonneuil and Fressoz’s The Shock of the Anthropocene
What if we have known about our unsustainable destruction of the environment for a long time? Might we learn from our history of conscious ruin, and see more lucidly which institutions, social relations and modes of thought have perpetuated it?
Taming the Climate? How politicians talk about climate change | Blog by Rebecca Willis
Climate change is not an easy subject for politicians - they have to turn scientific consensus about the need for action into a workable agenda that can win people’s support. But how do politicians go about this? In this blog, CUSP fellow Rebecca Willis summarises her research findings.
Moral Economies of the Future – The Utopian Impulse of Sustainable Prosperity | Working Paper No 5
The field of ‘moral economy’ explores the ways in which seemingly amoral economic institutions are normatively and politically instituted. However it has tended to neglect the question of how economic actors make commitments to the long-term future, of the sort that are implied by the idea of ‘sustainable prosperity’. Anthropocenic utopias are urgently required.
Combining film and field notes to explore spatial practices
This short film seeks to give insight into a particular spatial practice. The use of video and field notes taken as primary research, is set to raise questions around positionality, context, and geographical framing in how and why we measure and understand (time)spaces.
Professionals and citizens. A response to Melissa Lane | by Victor Anderson
Citizenship is not so undifferentiated as Melissa Lane's paper makes out, Victor Anderson finds, and is every bit as diverse in the particular duties it implies. Professionalism matters, yes – but being a good citizen matters even more.
‘Professional ethics’ or ‘risk management’? A response to Melissa Lane | by Will Davies
Environmental ethics cannot simply focus on the macro and the micro-levels of decision-making, Will Davies writes, when the sociology of contemporary capitalism compels us to consider the ethical commitments of institutions and authorities that operate between the two.
A New Professional Ethics for Sustainable Prosperity | Essay by Melissa Lane
Whose job is it to save the planet? Apart from a very few people the task is not in anyone’s job description. Yet, to achieve sustainable prosperity, we can’t afford to hide behind the permissions attached to our professional roles as they now stand, argues Melissa Lane in the first essay of our CUSP essay series on the morality of sustainable prosperity.
Sustainability in turbulent times | Conference, Thursday 16 March 2017
These are turbulent times in which to advance sustainable development. Join 350 professionals from academia, policy, business and civil society to explore how research, policy and business can meet these global challenges.
Devolution, Brexit and the SDGs | UKSSD workshop with Aled Jones, 1 March 2017
This session at the 2017 UKSSD Annual Conference will focus on the evolution of governance within the UK with the movement of power back to London from Brussels and the movement of power away from London to the regions. The changes implied by Brexit and devolution going in tandem are profound and far reaching and the implementation of policy to support the SDGs is a vital part of this.
The link between banking and sustainability | Seminar w/ Richard Werner, 9 Feb
That banking has in many countries been operated in a way that is not sustainable has become obvious since the 2008 crisis. However, what is the link between banking and the structure of the banking sector and environmental sustainability of economic activity?
Social Science and Moral Economy | Evening lecture by Prof Andrew Sayer, 22nd Feb 2017
Using the example of political economy, Professor Andrew Sayer will talk about social science’s conflicted stances towards normativity, and how these derive from unsatisfactory treatments of culture-nature relations, and a false equation of objectivity with value-freedom.
Survey: Values and Everyday Experiences
Take part in our study to understand how people's values may impact upon their everyday experiences and feelings. The results will help inform research and interventions looking at how a change in values may allow for more positive experiences and improved well-being.
Prosperity Without Growth | Lecture with Prof Tim Jackson, Christchurch NZ, 17 Feb 2017
On the occasion of the launch of the revised 2nd edition of Prosperity without Growth, Tim Jackson will give a lecture at University of Canterbury. The CUSP Director will discuss how much has changed in our new political and economic reality, and ask what we mean by a ‘post-growth’ economy? How can we live well in a finite planet?
Sustainable Global Prosperity and Business Models | Seminar with Tuukka Toivonen, 25 Jan
How can business models be used to renew our economy? This seminar will discuss the role of values-led business model innovation in the construction of a new economic culture.
Journey to Earthland — The Great Transition to Planetary Civilization | Book Review by Simon Mair
Paul Raskin’s Journey to Earthland is a thought-provoking essay that delivers an imaginative, compelling critique of societal problems, culminating in an ambitious description of a global eco-utopia.