Published: 29 June 2016

Prof Tim Jackson announced as Hillary Laureate 2016

The University is pleased to announce that Professor Tim Jackson, Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, has been appointed Hillary Laureate for 2016 by the Hillary Institute of International Leadership.

Honouring the leadership legacy of mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist, Sir Edmund Hillary, the New Zealand based institute has run a global search programme since 2009 to recognise exceptional mid-career leaders and social entrepreneurs, selecting one annually as its Laureate.

The prestigious honour recognises Professor Jackson’s exceptional mid-career leadership and his broad portfolio as both as an ecological economist and a successful playwright.  

Increasingly aware of the wider social and macro-economic forces driving environmental problems, Professor Jackson is currently working on a twenty-year research programme at Surrey which not only explores the economic and institutional factors, but also the social and psychological drivers of the consumer society.

Professor Jackson said: “I’m delighted that the Hillary Institute wishes to acknowledge my work with this award. I have a long-standing admiration for New Zealand’s ‘most famous son’, so it’s a particular honour to be recognised in this way.”

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