Societal Understandings 28 results

At the heart of any form of prosperity lie the desires, aspirations, needs and capabilities of ordinary people. Understanding these needs and aspirations is vital for sustainable prosperity. Our research on the social and psychological understandings of the good life explores the contested and situated nature of people’s visions of the good life and explores the role of materialism in delivering (and hindering) a sense of prosperity.

More fun with less stuff? CUSP researcher Amy Isham is putting ‘Flow’ to the test

CUSP researcher Amy Isham to present CUSP paper at 4th Annual BrEPS Conference, introducing her research into 'flow' activities as an environmentally friendly route to enhanced well-being.

Learning to Thrive | Innovation Unit event with Tim Jackson, London 28 June

What does it really mean to thrive in today’s world, and what are the key ingredients of a good society that works for everyone? Tim Jackson discussing solutions at evening event co-hosted by Innovation Unit, Webb Memorial Trust and Compass.

Shifting the social imaginary | Blog by Jonathan Rowson

In the second part of his essay on 'Imagining a world beyond consumerism' Jonathan Rowson is challenging the extraordinary tenacity of consumerism and alighting on the idea that in order to go beyond consumerism it might be necessary to improve what German Philosopher Metzinger calls “the present cognitive and emotional abilities of our species”.

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.

Imagining a world beyond consumerism | Blog by Jonathan Rowson

Consumerism is deeply problematic, but despite its obvious limitations, harms and absurdities, it is remarkably difficult to displace as our default societal setting and plot. Consumerism has become our prevailing cultural and economic modus operandi and is fundamentally more logical than it might at first appear.

Thriving beyond Surviving | Seminar with Maja Göpel and Katherine Trebeck, 15 May 2017

Sustainable development is the 21st Century’s wicked problem. The design of our economies and the principles of our economics have taken us to an extreme, unsustainable and unjust point. It’s widely recognised that system change is badly needed. But what does such large scale transformation actually mean? And how do we put it into practice?

The political nature of sustainable prosperity | Panel session w Joan Walley and Fanny Broholm

Video now available +++ How can we build a political consensus for sustainability that is inclusive and fair? How do research and practice move beyond the divisive nature of ‘post-truth’ populism? As part of the 2017 Nexus conference, CUSP was hosting a breakout session with Kate Burningham, Fanny Broholm, Phil Catney, Will Davies and Joan Walley.

Recovering the Social | BSA Annual Conference 2017 with Kate Burningham and Sue Venn

In the light of a rising culture of hyper-individualism and denigration of the role of the social, the broad theme of the conference will consider how research might explore and challenge misrepresentations of the relationship between the personal and the public realm.

Political Populism and Sustainability | Guest blog by Mike Hulme

This blog is a transcript of Mike's contribution to the conference Sustainability in Turbulent Times on 16 March 2016, reflecting on the implications of recent swings towards populism and nationalism around the world, for the relationship between inequality, democracy and sustainability.

Who is clearing up the ‘mess’ at ‘home’? A feminist response to Roger Scruton | by Malaika Cunningham

Scruton’s understanding of home or ‘oikophilia’ overlooks the patriarchal norms which govern these institutions, Malaika Cunningham argues in her response, this undermines his own argument against doctrines and ‘top-down’ structures.