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Ian Christie

Senior Lecturer
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2011 to date: Fellow, CES

2011-2015: coordinator, Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (programme led by Prof. Tim Jackson; funded by Defra, Scottish Government and ESRC)

1999-2011: Freelance researcher, advisor, teacher and writer on sustainable development and environmental policy. Projects for central and local government, public agencies, business, NGOs and think-tanks. Part-time policy advisor to ministers and officials on sustainable housing and climate policy, 2006-2008. Associate of Green Alliance think-tank. Visiting professor and lecturer at CES (2005-11). Chair of RESOLVE advisory group at CES, 2007-2010. Trustee of Involve; Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development; Global Action Plan. Advisory committee member for WWF-UK's global and national programmes, 2004-2010. WWF Fellow 2010-2015.

2003-2006: Joint head of sustainability and environment, economy and waste management services at Surrey County Council.

1997-1999: Deputy / acting director of Demos think-tank, London.

1995-1997: Senior consultant / Associate Director, The Henley Centre for Forecasting Ltd, London. Research programme head and lead researcher on environment and consumption.

1986-1995: Research Fellow / Senior Fellow, Policy Studies Institute, London (now part of University of Westminster). Projects on diffusion and impacts of new technology in industry; energy efficiency; evaluation of Government business support programmes; cleaner production systems in UK industry.

1979-1986: Computer programmer, International Computers Ltd (now Fujitsu UK); technical author and manager of documentation services, K3 Software Services Ltd (now part of IBM UK).

Research interests

  • Sustainable consumption, lifestyle change and community action for sustainability
  • Ethics of sustainability and environmental action
  • Sustainable development and policymaking
  • Planetary boundaries and governance of SD
  • Religions and environmental values

Research collaborations

Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group: collaboration with Institute of Fiscal Studies, University of Bath, University of Sussex, Brunel University, University of Edinburgh

Research collaboration with think-tanks in recent years: ScienceWise network (Cabinet Office) on Science Horizons programme on public understanding of science and technology trends and scenarios, 2007; Theos on environmental strategy and vision for the Church of England, 2009; The Futures Company on environmental scenarios for Government departments, Environment Agency and other bodies, 2007-2010


Sustainable Development modules; CSER and ESS modules, CES; environmental ethics, FASS; University of Surrey Global Graduate Award programme on sustainable development

Society for Sustainable Development: external tutor for Forum for the Future Scholars Master's programme delivered with Middlesex University

Departmental duties


Academic and research management

Teaching: Sustainable Development; Corporate Responsibility; Environmental Ethics

Sustainable Development modules for MSc courses: SD Foundations and SD Applications

MSc and doctoral supervision


Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London

Member of : IEMA, International Society for Industrial Ecology, WWF-UK, Green Alliance, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Town and Country Planning Association, International Association for Environmental Ethics

Associate/ affiliate of: Green Alliance; The Futures Company; Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development; Involve

Trustee/advisory group member: Global Action Plan; Telefonica UK Sustainability advisory group; Theos

My publications


Other selected publications


Christie, I and Ritchie, N (eds)(1991), Energy Efficiency: the policy agenda for the 1990s, Policy Studies Institute: London

Carley, M and Christie, I (1993; second edition 2000), Managing Sustainable Development, Earthscan: London

Christie, I et al (1995), Cleaner Production in Industry, Policy Studies Institute: London

Peer-reviewed papers and book chapters

Christie, I and Jarvis, L (2001), 'How Green are our Values?', in Park, A et al (ed), British Social Attitudes: the 18th report, Sage/NCSR: London

Christie, I (2010), Human Flourishing and the Environment: paper for CAFOD/Tearfund/Theos programme on Human Flourishing and International Development

Christie, I et al (2010), Ethical, Social and Behavioural Dimensions of Climate Change: paper for UK Cabinet Office Foresight Programme study on International Dimensions of Climate Change