Professor Tim Jackson

Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)

Qualifications: MA, PhD, FRSA, AcSS

Phone: Work: 01483 68 9072
Room no: 06 BA 02

Further information


Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). He currently holds a Professorial Fellowship on Prosperity and Sustainability in the Green Economy (PASSAGE) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). He is also an award-winning playwright with numerous radio-writing credits for the BBC.

Tim joined the University of Surrey in 1995 under a Royal Academy of Engineering fellowship on the thermodynamics of clean technology, after five years as Senior Researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute. In April 2000, he was appointed as Professor of Sustainable Development at Surrey, the first such chair to be created in the UK. Between January 2003 and April 2005, Tim held a research fellowship on the social psychology of sustainable consumption, supported by the ESRC's Sustainable Technologies Programme. His monograph Motivating Sustainable Consumption (2005) drawing on research from that period is still widely cited in both academic and policy circles and was influential in framing the Changing Behaviours chapter in the 2005 UK Sustainable Development Strategy.

During his time at the Stockholm Environment Institute, he pioneered the concept of preventative environmental management outlined in his 1996 book Material Concerns – pollution profit and quality of life. In 1996 he co-authored (with Nic Marks) the first Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare for the UK and has continued to work closely with the New Economics Foundation and others on measures of sustainable wellbeing at national and regional level.

During the last decade, he has led numerous research and policy initiatives on sustainable consumption and production in the UK and abroad. From June 2004 to March 2006, he was the sole academic representative on the UK Sustainable Consumption Round Table and co-authored their influential report I will if you will. In 2006 Tim published the Earthscan Reader on Sustainable Consumption. He led the team which developed the Surrey Environmental Lifestyle Mapping (SELMA) model used to estimate the UK's 'carbon footprint' for the Carbon Trust. He is a co-author of the WorldWatch Institute's influential State of the World 2008 on sustainable economies. From 2006 to 2009, he led the SDC’s Redefining Prosperity programme and authored the controversial report, later published by Earthscan as Prosperity without Growth – economics for a finite planet. Tim's current projects include – in collaboration with Professor Peter Victor (York University, Toronto) – the development of the Green Economy Macro-Model and Accounts (GEMMA).


Tim Jackson has served in an advisory capacity for numerous Government departments and delivery agencies. He has provided research, consultancy and advice to a variety of international organisations and agencies including: UNEP (on sustainable consumption and production and sustainable lifestyles); UN DESA on green economy; UNIDO and the ILO (on cleaner production), the European Environment Agency (on sustainable consumption and green GDP), the European Parliament (on sustainable consumption and on nuclear fusion), the US EPA (on waste prevention, sustainable consumption and behaviour change), the New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (on sustainable consumption and lifestyles) .

Since 2002, Prof Jackson has been a member of the Advisory Board for the Danish ‘New Energy Solutions’ investment fund. In May 2007 he was appointed Chair of the Advisory Board.


In addition to his scientific work, Tim is an award-winning professional playwright with numerous BBC radio writing credits to his name. His 30 episode environmental drama series Cry of the Bittern won a 1997 Public Awareness of Science (PAWS) Drama Award. The Language of Flowers – a drama documentary about the life and work of the 18th Century poet Christopher Smart won the 2004 Prix Marulic.  Tim’s most recent play, Variations, written around a Beethoven Sonata of the same name, won the 2007 Grand Prix Marulic and was long-listed for the 2008 Sony Drama awards.

Media and Speaking Engagements

Tim is an experienced writer, speaker and broadcaster. He has given more than 200 international keynote presentations and appears regularly in the UK and international media. For more information, videos and interviews go here.

Research Interests

Tim's research interests at Surrey have focused on the relationship between lifestyle, wellbeing and the environment. He has pioneered both quantitative and qualitative aspects of the relationship between people’s lifestyles, societal values and the environment. In April 2006 he was awarded a £3m ESRC grant to establish the Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and the Environment (RESOLVE). In March 2010, he was also awarded a £1.65m grant to build the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG) funded by DEFRA, the Scottish Government and the ESRC.

For over 20 years, Tim has been at the forefront of research on the relationship between economic growth and the environment. During the 1990s and 2000s he worked extensively on the development of 'adjusted' national accounts ('green GDP') at both national and regional level. He has also written extensively on the conceptual and empirical dimensions of the relationship between economic growth, wellbeing and sustainability. In 2004 he was appointed Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission, where he led a programme of work entitled Redefining Prosperity. The work culminated in the publication of his controversial, best-selling book Prosperity without Growth.

Tim Jackson has just been awarded an ESRC Professorial Fellowship to study Prosperity and Sustainability in the Green Economy (PASSAGE). This project includes – in collaboration with Professor Peter Victor (York University, Toronto) – the development of the Green Economy Macro-Model and Accounts (GEMMA).




Jackson T 2015. New Economy. In: Degrowth. A Vocabulary for a New Era. D’Alisa, F, Demaria, F and Kallis G (Eds). Routledge, Oxon. pp. 178-181. ISBN: 978-1-138-00077-3

Jackson T 2015. Foreword. In: Redefining Prosperity. Isabelle Cassiers (Ed). Oxon: Routledge. pp. xii-xiii. ISBN: 978-1-138-02115-0


Jackson, T and P Victor 2014. Does slow growth increase inequality? - A stock-flow consistent exploration of the ‘Piketty hypothesis’. PASSAGE working paper 14/02. Guildford: University of Surrey.  

Jackson T, B Drake, P Victor, K Kratena and M Sommer 2014. Foundations for an Ecological Macroeconomics: literature review and model development. WWWforEurope Working Paper no. 65

Chitnis M, S Sorrell, A Druckman, S Firth and T Jackson: Who rebounds most? Estimating direct and indirect rebound effects for different UK socioeconomic groups. In: Ecological Economics, Volume 106: 12–32. 


Abbas K, Christie I, Demassieux F, Hayward B, Jackson T, Pierre F (2013): Sustainable consumption and lifestyles? Children and youth in cities. In: ISSC/UNESCO, World Science Report 2013: Changing Global Environments (p.357-364), OECD Publishing and Unesco Publishing.

Bradley P, Jackson T, Druckman A: Commercial local area resource and emissions modelling – navigating towards new perspectives and applications. Journal of Cleaner Production, 42 (2013): 241-253.

Chitnis M, S Sorrell, A Druckman, S Firth, T Jackson 2013: Turning lights into flights: Estimating direct and indirect rebound effects for UK households. Energy Policy Volume 55, April 2013: 234–250.

Constanza R, Alperovitz G, Daly H E, Farley J, Franco C, Jackson T, Kubiszewski I, Schor J and Peter Victor: Vivement 2050!: Programme pour une économie soutenable et désirable. Les Petits Matins: May 2013.

Jackson, T 2013: "Angst essen Seele auf" - Escaping the 'iron cage' of consumerism. In: Wuppertal Spezial (Vol 48), Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.

Jackson, T and P. Victor 2013: Green economy at a community scale. Metcalf Foundation: Toronto | November 2013.

Jackson, T and P. Victor: Developing an Ecological Macroeconomics. Centre for International Governance Innovation |, 11 September 2013

Victor, P and T Jackson: Developing a Demographic Sub-model and an Input-Output Structure for the Green Economy Macro-Model and Accounts (GEMMA) Framework, Final Report. CIGI - INET, 30 June 2013.

Jackson, T 2013: The trouble with productivity. In: Coote, A & J Franklin (Ed.). Time on our side: why we all need a shorter working week. New Economics Foundation: London (p.25-31)

Jackson, T 2013. New economic model needed not relentless consumer demand. The Guardian Blog. 17 January 2013.

Kubiszewski I, Costanza R, Franco C, Lawn P, Talberth J, Jackson T and Camille Aylmer: Beyond GDP: Measuring and achieving global genuine progress. In: Ecological Economics, 93, September 2013: p. 57–68.

Thompson, S, Marks, N and T Jackson 2013: Well-being and Sustainable Development. In: S David, I Boniwell and A Conley (Eds): Oxford Handbook of Happiness, p. 498-517. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Victor, P and T Jackson: Developing a Demographic Sub-model and an Input-Output Structure for the Green Economy Macro-Model and Accounts (GEMMA) Framework, Final Report. CIGI - INET, 30 June 2013.


Chitnis, M, A Druckman, L C Hunt, T Jackson and S Milne 2012. Forecasting UK household expenditure and associated GHG emissions: outlook to 2030. Ecological Economics 84 (2012): 129–141.

Cooper, G, N Green, K Burningham, D Evans and T Jackson 2012. Unravelling the Threads: Discourses of Sustainability and Consumption in an Online Forum. Environmental Communication 6/1: 101-118.

Druckman, A, I Buck, B Hayward and T Jackson 2012. Time, gender and carbon: A study of the carbon implications of British adults’ use of time. Ecological Economics 84: 153-163.

Druckman, A, I Buck, B Hayward and T Jackson 2012. Carbon and time: A study of the carbon implications of British adults use of time. RESOLVE Working Paper Series 01-12. Guildford: University of Surrey.

Jackson T 2012. Prosperity without growth. In F Hinterberger, E Freytag, E Pirgmaier and M Schuster (Eds): Growth in transition, p. 62-65. Abington/New York: Earthscan/Routledge.

Jackson, T 2012. Wachstum rettet uns nicht. Der Tagesspiegel, 07 November 2012: B4

Jackson, T 2012. The Cinderella economy: an answer to unsustainable growth? The Ecologist, 27 July 2012.

Jackson, T 2012. Let's be less productive. In: The New York Times, 27 May 2012, p SR4

Jackson, T 2012. Prospérité sans croissance: comment faire? Constructif 31: January 2012.

Jackson, T 2012. Vision? Dezember 2012, SOL-Kalender 2012 (Sol Zeitschrift fur Solidarität, Ökologie und Lebensstil).

Victor, P and T Jackson 2012. A commentary on the UNEP green economy scenarios. Ecological Economics 77:11-15.


Bedford, T, K Burningham, G Cooper, N Green, N and T Jackson 2011. Low Carbon Leisure. Britain in 2012: Annual magazine of the ESRC: 11.

Bedford, T, P Collingwood, A Darnton, D Evans, B Gatersleben, W Abrahamse and T Jackson 2011. Guilt: an effective motivator for pro-environmental behaviour change? RESOLVE Working Paper Series, 07-11. Guildford: University of Surrey.

Bedford, T, K Burningham, G Cooper, N Green, and T Jackson 2011. Sustainable leisure: escalations, constraints and implications. RESOLVE Working Paper Series 12-11. Guildford: University of Surrey.

Druckman, A, M Chitnis, S Sorrell and T Jackson 2011. Missing carbon reductions? Exploring rebound and backfire effects in UK households. Energy Policy 39: 3572-3581.

Fudge, S, M Peters, Y Mulugetta and T Jackson 2011. Paradigms, policy and governance: the politics of energy regulation in the UK post-2000. Environmental Policy and Governance 21 (4): 291-302.

Fudge, S, Y Mulugetta, M Peters and T Jackson 2011. The political economy of the UNFCCC: negotiating consensus within the capitalist world system, RESOLVE Working Paper Series 02-11. Guildford: University of Surrey.

Gatersleben, B, T Jackson, J Meadows, E Soto and Y Yan 2012. Materialism and environmentalism. Exploring the views of young adults in the UK, Spain and China. Submitted to Environment and Behavior.

Jackson, T and P Victor 2011. Productivity and Work in the New Economy – Some Theoretical Reflections and Empirical Tests, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Vol.1, No.1, 101-108.

Jackson, T 2011/2009. Prosperity without Growth – Economics for a Finite Planet. London: Earthscan (also translated into 14 languages). 

Jackson, T 2011. Confronting consumption: challenges for economics and for policy. In S Dietz, J Michie and C Oughton (Eds) The Political Economy of the Environment: an Interdisciplinary approach 189-212. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

Jackson, T 2011. Παζαρέψτε εκ νέου το χρέος σας. In: Ελευθεροτυπία, 30 November 2011

Jackson, T 2011. Wir Unersättlichen. Die Zeit. 27 October 2011, No. 44.

Jackson, T 2011. Societal transformations for a sustainable economy. Natural Resources Forum 35: 155-164.

Jackson, T 2011. Has Western Capitalism failed? BBC World Service's Business Daily programme. London: BBC, 22 September 2011.

Jackson, T, B Hayward and D Evans 2011. UK Youth - UK Youth: The conflicts of contemporary lifestyles. In: Visions for change: recommendations for effective policies on sustainable lifestyles. UNEP Report 2011.

Jackson, T 2011: Die Droge Wachstum. In: Kulturaustausch I/2011: 18-23.

Pepper, M, T Jackson and D Uzzell 2011. An examination of Christianity and socially conscious and frugal consumer behaviours. Environment and Behavior 43 (2): 274-290.

For a full list for publications click here.


  • Full member, The Club of Rome
  • Fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)
  • Academician, Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) 
  • Chair, Advisory Board, New Energy Solutions Partners, Asset Management
  • Advisor, Aviva Sustainable and Responsible Investment Advisory Board
  • Advisor, Alliance Trust Sustainable Futures Fund
  • Advisor, Sustainable Development Research Network
  • Associate, New Economics Foundation
  • Member, UNEP Sustainable Lifestyles Taskforce

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