Energy and Economic Growth
Why we need a new pathway to prosperity
CUSP/CES Seminar w Prof Tim Foxon
Thursday, 6 December 2018, 1pm
Prof Tim Foxon will present insights for a transition to a sustainable low carbon energy future that can be drawn from a study of the role of energy technologies in historical waves of industrial change, published in his recent book Energy and Economic Growth (2017). Drawing on evolutionary economics and ecological economics, this study examines the role that access to new sources of (fossil fuel) energy and economy-wide energy efficiency improvements have played in these historical waves, which have driven surges of economic growth. This has lessons for the scale of changes in technologies, institutions, business strategies and user practices that will be needed for a low carbon energy transition, and for recent debates on green growth vs post-growth perspectives, implying the need for new economic thinking.
Prof Tim Foxon is Professor of Sustainability Transitions at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex. His research explores the technological and social factors relating to the innovation of new energy technologies, the co-evolution of technologies and institutions for a transition to a sustainable low carbon economy, and relations and interdependencies between energy use and economic growth. He is a member of the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand, the UK Energy Research Centre and of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy. His book Energy and Economic Growth: Why we need a new pathway to prosperity has recently been published by Routledge.
Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity
Room 22 BA 02
University of Surrey
Guildford GU2 7XH
Thursday, 6 December 2018
All welcome. Nor registration required. For further enquiries, please contact Catherine Koch.