System Dynamics 31 results

Achieving a sustainable prosperity requires both compelling narratives of change and robust economic models to deliver them. This theme collates and synthesises different narratives of sustainable prosperity from across CUSP and from elsewhere. Using systems dynamic approaches we explore the macroeconomics of resource-limited, ecologically constrained economies and test the robustness and resilience of alternative avenues of change.

Chasing good work – reflections on The Taylor Review | By Simon Mair and Agni Dikaiou

One of the achievements of the recent Taylor review has been to breathe new life into the UK debate on good work. Going forward, this debate has to consider work in its wider social context, Simon Mair and Agni Dikaiou find; we have to think about Good Work not just as end in itself, but as a part of other systemic challenges. 

Ecological Economics in action | CUSP paper presentations at ESEE 2017 Conference Budapest

CUSP researches Agni Dikaiou, Sarah Hafner, Simon Mair and Craig Rye to give paper presentations at the 2017 Annual Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics, introducing their CUSP projects to the international ESEE community.

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.

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?

Seriously Modelling what Matters | UKSD 2017 Annual Conference with Aled Jones

This is the 60th anniversary of the founding of System Dynamics by Jay Forrester, who died in November 2016, leaving behind a unique and precious legacy. This conference in his honour covers contemporary examples of the classic themes he first developed.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.