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Published: 12 March 2014

Club of Rome welcomes Surrey’s Professor of Sustainable Development

Professor Tim Jackson joins leading politicians, scientists and economists as a member of the influential global thinktank, the Club of Rome.

Describing itself as ‘a group of world citizens sharing a common concern for the future of humanity’, the Club of Rome aims to tackle the root causes of the crises we face today such as environmental sustainability, economic growth, resource consumption, peace, security and demographics.

As a full member of the Club of Rome, Professor Jackson will contribute to discussions on global sustainability at the highest level, helping to identify the key actions needed to put the world on a sustainable, stable trajectory for the next 40 years. In particular, with his long-term collaborator Peter Victor, he will share his work on ecological macroeconomics through the forum.

The invitation to join the Club of Rome is a rare honour, and recognises Professor Jackson’s exceptional contribution in the field of sustainability. Appointed as Surrey’s Professor of Sustainable Development in 2000 – the first position of its type in the UK – he has since led numerous research and policy initiatives on sustainable consumption and production in the UK and abroad. He spent seven years as economics commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission, where his work culminated in the publication of his bestselling book ‘Prosperity without Growth – economics for a finite planet’, now translated into 17 foreign languages.

At the forefront of research into the relationship between economics and the environment, Professor Jackson has also pioneered research on the links between lifestyles, wellbeing and the environment, establishing the University’s Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and the Environment (RESOLVE) and the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG). He was the sole academic representative on the UK Sustainable Consumption Round Table.

Professor Jackson says, “Since its formation, the Club of Rome has pushed the boundaries of thinking on sustainability, resonating strongly with my own work. I am delighted to be able to contribute to the Club’s current workstreams, particularly its new approach to economics and the financial sector, and its work on ‘decoupling’ well-being from resource consumption.”

Founded in 1968, the Club of Rome is made up of around 100 prominent politicians, diplomats, scientists, economists and business leaders. Current members include Dame Ellen MacArthur, Professor Ernst von Weizsäcker, former Under Secretary General of the UN Dr Klaus Töpfer and Professor Herman Daly (often cited as the father of ecological economics). The Club of Rome achieved worldwide impact when it published its 1972 study about the future of our planet, ‘The Limits to Growth’, 12 million copies of which were distributed across 37 countries.