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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.

The welfare state’s role in the transition to sustainable prosperity | Guest Blog by Dan Bailey

In his guest blog, Dan Bailey discusses the role and necessity of the welfare state in ensuring the democratic legitimacy of the transition to ‘sustainable prosperity’. He writes here about the welfare state in the context of prolonged austerity and the political revolts of the Trump vote and Brexit referendum, and in dialogue with different streams of work within CUSP.

Prosperity without Growth – Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow | by Tim Jackson

The publication of Prosperity without Growth was a landmark in the sustainability debate. This substantially revised and re-written edition updates its arguments and considerably expands upon them. Tim Jackson demonstrates that building a ‘post-growth’ economy is not Utopia - it's a precise, definable and meaningful task. It’s about taking simple steps towards an economics fit for purpose.

Circular Economy Business Models and Sustainable Prosperity | Seminar with Geraldine Brennan, 26 April

The circular economy concept has risen to prominence over the last decade, with some authors arguing that it could be a new paradigm for sustainability. This seminar will explore the contribution of circular economy business models to sustainable prosperity.

Inclusive and Sustainable Economies Powering the SDGs | Tim Jackson at international PAGE conference, Berlin

CUSP Director Prof Tim Jackson is joining the opening panel of the 2nd international ministerial conference of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), 26 March 2017, Berlin.

A Future Generations Commissioner for the UK | Evening debate with Peter Davies and Sándor Fülöp, 11 April

This event explored the potential to establish a UK-wide Commissioner for Future Generations. We heard from two speakers who have intimate knowledge of the work of Commissioners and Ombudsman around the world: Peter Davies and Sándor Fülöp. Provocations were then offered by Andrea Westall and Victor Anderson.

Sustainable Prosperity and the Cultural Industries | Seminar with Graeme Evans and Jon Ward, 22 March 2017

This joint seminar brings together CUSP researcher Jonathan Ward and Graeme Evans from the Art & Design Research Institute (ADRI), Middlesex University to discuss the role of the cultural industries in creating sustainable prosperity.

Brexit, devolution and the Sustainable Development Goals | Blog by Lauren Stabler

On 1st of March at the UKSSD Annual Conference: Unlocking the UK’s potential: from ambition to transformation, CUSP Co-investigator and GSI Director, Professor Aled Jones, ran a CUSP/Sustainability East breakout session on ‘Devolution, Brexit and the SDGs’. Lauren Stabler summarising the workshop.

Investing in the economy of tomorrow | Blog by Tim Jackson

Savings and investment represent a fundamentally prudential aspect of human behaviour. They embody a commitment to a shared future. In this blog, Tim Jackson looks at what tomorrow’s economy will be like and what role investment plays in it.

National Infrastructure Assessment | Evidence Submission

In October 2016, the National Infrastructure Commission has launched a 15 week call for evidence to provide input into the development of its National Infrastructure Assessment. The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity responded.

Commentary on The Struggle for Meaningful Work | by Simon Mair

For most of us—wherever we are in the world—work is a central component of our lives. Any Great Transition narrative wanting to connect with people has to address issues of work. How do we reorient the economy so that its values reflect our values rather than profit?