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).
University roles and responsibilities
- Academic and research management
Affiliations and memberships
- 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.
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.
Sustainable Development modules for MSc courses:
- SD Foundations and SD Applications
- MSc and doctoral supervision
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.
and maintaining commons with mechanisms that increase or decrease inequalities
in wealth, power and dignity. This is explored in the context of the development
of local energy systems, based on a case study in a UK city. It explores
different conceptions of fairness and equality among those working towards a
local sustainable energy transition, and how this affects the way that inequality
manifests, is perpetuated, and is challenged. The paper explores the inclusion
and exclusion of participants in the community energy sector, which has been
criticised for being mainly white, middle class and male; the distribution of
financial benefit from renewable energy through community investment or municipal
ownership; and the focus on people in fuel poverty relative to people
who overconsume energy. It concludes that although a commons approach to
local energy can risk exacerbating inequalities, it also provides opportunities
for increasing equality, of wealth, power and individual dignity. These require
commitment, and need to be designed into evolving local institutions.
The purpose of this paper is to draw on data from 16 interviews (two each with eight women) to explore some of the ways in which everyday shopping may change as women become mothers. The meanings, practices and implications of the transition to motherhood have long been a topic for sociological inquiry. Recently, interest has turned to the opportunities offered by this transition for the adoption of more sustainable lifestyles. Becoming a mother is likely to lead to changes in a variety of aspects of everyday life such as travel, leisure, cooking and purchase of consumer goods, all of which have environmental implications. The environmental impacts associated with such changes are complex, and positive moves toward more sustainable activities in one sphere may be offset by less environmentally positive changes elsewhere.
This paper draws on data from 16 interviews (two each with eight women) to explore some of the ways in which everyday shopping may change as women become mothers.
This paper focuses on the ways in which modes and meanings of everyday shopping may shift through the transition to mother, and on indicating any potential sustainability implications. The paper explores the adoption of more structured shopping and of shifting the mode of grocery shopping online or offline. The paper draws attention to the way in which practices are embedded and interrelated and argue that more consideration needs to be given to the influence of all household members.
The question here is not whether women purchase different products or consume more once they have a child, but rather how does the everyday activity of shopping for groceries and the meanings it has change with new motherhood and what sustainability implications might this have? In this context, this paper provides a novel addition to research on new mothers and consumption.