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Our research into the political and organisational dimensions of sustainable prosperity explores grassroots transitions to sustainability, alternative enterprise forms, and new investment models. It also examines the form of new political institutions for the ‘ecological state’. The idea is to document and understand the innovative approaches to sustainable prosperity already taking place in local communities, organisations, businesses, and the state.

Navigating social and commercial objectives in social enterprise | CUSP at ESRC Festival of Social Science

Social enterprises have to find ways of having a big social impact on people and the planet while also running a good business. How is this done, and how do you get over the tension between commercial and social objectives? In this ESRC Festival of Social Science workshop, we draw on our research to give those attending the tools to understand the tensions they face, and how they can find a way to navigate through this.

The future of jobs: is decent work for all a pipe dream? | Blog by Tim Jackson

Rapid developments in technology and unpredictable economies are destabilising employment as we know it. What are the possible solutions? It’s not the demand for human labour that is disappearing, Tim Jackson argues, but the institutions and economics to deliver it.

At the interface | Prof Fergus Lyon presenting CUSP research at #AOM2017

A growing number of businesses is interested in contributing to positive social and environmental change, yet face challenges in how they can assess their impacts meaningfully. This issue will be explored at the 77th Meeting of the Academy of Management in Atlanta, USA, with Fergus Lyon sharing CUSP research.

Climate Politics in Interesting Times | Workshop

CUSP researchers at the PSA Specialist Group Environmental Politics organising a research workshop on 15 September 2017, exploring the prospects, barriers, and new opportunities of climate governance.

Social enterprise for sustainable societies | 6th EMES conference w Fergus Lyon

CUSP Deputy Director Fergus Lyon will be introducing our research on the role of social enterprise in meeting the challenges of sustainable prosperity at the 6th EMES conference. His upcoming paper explores a set of key economic concepts that are challenged by social enterprise in practice, and sets out a topical research agenda that addresses a richer articulation of prosperity.

The social economy and sustainable prosperity | Blog by Ian Vickers

The social economy has many roles to play in tackling poverty, building inclusivity and promoting sustainability. Ian Vickers summarises recent findings that show its potential is not being fully realised in the UK, despite the opportunities provided by the devolution agenda in cities and other local areas.

Early stage investing into sustainable green SMEs | CUSP session at SME finance conference, 20 June

CUSP is hosting a green finance session with Fergus Lyon, Robyn Owen and Geraldine Brennan at Middlesex University and ISBE conference on SME Finance, 10 years after the crisis. This session will explore the needs of business and also identify different forms of public support for early stage finance found in the UK and around the world.

The Politics of Sustainable Prosperity | Research Workshop – Keele, 11 July 2017

In times of climate change, overconsumption, and ecological collapse, we must re-think the meaning of prosperity: What is needed are new visions of environmentally sustainable, yet still flourishing societies. This research workshop considers the political foundations of such societies.

Small Business Social Responsibility: A critical look at the ‘Creating Shared Value’ lens

The concept of 'Creating Shared Value' took the academic and business communities by storm. This approach to social responsibility is an uncomfortable fit for small businesses though, Laura Spence finds, and proposes instead 'the ethic of care' as a more productive way of understanding social responsibility in the small business context.

How to kick the growth addiction | Tim Jackson in conversation with Allen White

Endless economic growth, long the rallying cry of the conventional paradigm, endangers our future. Ecological economist Tim Jackson, CUSP Director and author of Prosperity Without Growth, explores the need to envision a post-growth economy with Allen White, Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute.