Mr Ian Christie
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).
- 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
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
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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