2016 to date: Senior Lecturer in social science of sustainable development, CES. Co-investigator in Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) and Centre for Evaluation of Complexity across the Nexus (CECAN).
2011-2015: Fellow, CES, and coordinator, Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (programme led by Prof. Tim Jackson; funded by Defra, Scottish Government and ESRC)
1999-2011: Independent 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.
Visiting Professor and regular guest lecturer at CES (2005-11). Chair of RESOLVE advisory group at CES, 2007-2010.
Work with NGOs:
Former 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. Current trustee of Economic Change Unit, New Economics Foundation, Perspectiva. WWF Fellow, 2010 to date. Associate of Green Alliance think-tank, 1999 to date. Environmental advisor to Church of England, dioceses of Guildford and Southwark, 2009 to date.
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. Projects on diffusion and impacts of new technology in industry; energy efficiency; evaluation of Government business support programmes; take-up of 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).
Areas of specialism
University roles and responsibilities
- Academic and research management
Affiliations and memberships
- Processes of change towards sustainability in values, policy, consumption and production
- Ethics of sustainability and environmental action
- Sustainable development and democratic governance
- Planetary boundaries framework
- Elinor Ostrom's commons framework for sustainable resource governance
- 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.
I teach and supervise on: Sustainable Development concepts, policies and applications; ethics of sustainability and the environment; politics, social change and political economy in relation to sustainability.
Teaching on MSc Modules: co-leader of Foundations and Applications of Sustainable Development modules ; sessions on Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility and Environment, Science and Society modules, CES.
Lectures at UG and PG level on environmental ethics on courses in Surrey School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and Surrey Business School; sessions in University of Surrey Global Graduate Award UG programme on sustainable development.
Previous teaching included over 10 years as lead tutor for Society for Sustainable Development for Forum for the Future's Master's programme delivered with Middlesex University.
I supervise PhD and MSc students across all my areas of interest and expertise and currently have 10 PhD students. Examples of current PhD projects: advocacy movements for rapid climate action; promoting sustainable food choices; promoting sustainable behaviour change in a UK hospital; understanding and implementing Net Environmental Gain in local development schemes.
Peer-reviewed journal papers
Christie, I., Gunton, R. and Hejnowicz, A. (2019), Sustainability and the Common Good: Catholic Social Teaching and ‘Integral Ecology’ as contributions to a framework of social values for sustainability transitions. Sustainability Science, September 2019, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp 1343–1354.
Kenter, J, Raymond C, Azzopardi, E, Brear, M, Calcagni, F, Christie, I, Christie, M, Fordham, A, Gould, R, Ives, C, Hejnowicz, A, Gunton, R, Horcea-Milcu, A-I, Kendal, D, Kronenberg, J, Massenberg, J, O’Connor, S, Ravenscroft, N, Raymond, I, Rawluk, A, van Riper, C, Rodríguez-Morales, J. (2019), Loving the mess: Navigating diversity and conflict in social values for sustainability. Sustainability Science, September 2019, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp 1439–1461
Elf, P., Gatersleben, B. and Christie, I. (2019), Facilitating positive spillover effects: New insights from a mixed-methods approach exploring factors enabling people to live more sustainable lifestyles, Frontiers in Psychology (Environmental Psychology section), 31st January 2019: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02699/full
Oakley, K., Ward J. and Christie I. (2018), Engaging the imagination: ‘new nature writing’, collective politics and the environmental crisis, Environmental Values. Vol. 27, issue 6
Christie, I and Warburton, D. (2001), From Here to Sustainability: politics in the real world, Earthscan: London
Carley, M and Christie, I (2000, second edition; first edition 1993), Managing Sustainable Development, Earthscan: London.
Christie, I et al (1995), Cleaner Production in Industry, Policy Studies Institute: London.
Christie, I and Ritchie, N (eds) (1991), Energy Efficiency: the policy agenda for the 1990s, Policy Studies Institute: London.
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.
Melville, E., Burningham, KA, Christie, I, and Smallwood, B. (2018), Equality in local energy commons: a UK case study of community and municipal energy. Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia, vol. LVIX, no. 2, April-June
Melville, E., Christie, I., Burningham, KA, Way, C. and Hampshire, P. (2017), The electric commons: a qualitative study of community accountability. Energy Policy, 106.
Clift, R., Sim, S., King, H.,Chenoweth, J.L., Christie, I. et al (2017). The Challenges of
Applying Planetary Boundaries as a Basis for Strategic Decision-Making in Companies with Global Supply Chains. Sustainability, 9, 279.
Martin, G, Clift R and Christie, I (2016), Urban Cultivation And Its Contributions To Sustainability: Nibbles Of Food But Oodles Of Social Capital, Sustainability, 8 (5),10.3390su8050409
Jones, A, Mair, S, Ward, J, Druckman, A, Lyon, F, Christie, I, Hafner, S. (2016): Indicators for Sustainable Prosperity? - Challenges and potentials for indicator use in political processes. CUSP Working Paper No. 03 . Guildford: University of Surrey.
Jackson, T, Burningham, B, Catney, P, Christie, I, Davies, D, Doherty, B, Druckman, A, Hammond, M, Hayward, B, Jones, A, Lyon, F, Molho, N, Oakley, K, Seaford, C and Victor, P. (2016) : Understanding sustainable prosperity - toward a transdisciplinary research agenda. CUSP Working Paper No 1. Guildford: University of Surrey
Christie, I., The Pope and the Planet: waiting for Francis. Theos, 17th June 2015. https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/comment/2015/06/17/the-pope-and-the-planet-waiting-for-francis
Venn, S., Burningham, K., Christie, I., and Jackson, T., (2015) , Consumption junkies or sustainable consumers: considering the grocery shopping practices of those transitioning to retirement. Ageing and Society: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X15000975
Clift, R., Druckman, A., Christie, I., Kennedy, C., & Keirstead, J. (2015). Urban metabolism: a review in the UK context. UK Government Office for Science Foresight programme Future of Cities. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/future-of-cities
Burningham, K., Venn, S., Christie, I., Jackson, T., Gatersleben, B. (2014). New motherhood: a moment of change in everyday shopping practices? Young Consumers. 15, 3, 211-226.
Clift, R. Druckman, A. Christie, I. Keirstead, and J. Kennedy, C. (2014). The Future of Cities: Urban Metabolism, working paper for Foresight/Cabinet Office programme on the Future of Cities. Government Office for Science: London.
Burningham, K., Venn, S., Sammes, J., Gatersleben, B., Christie, I. and Jackson, T. (2014). ELiCiT: Exploring Lifestyle Changes in Transition: a longitudinal mixed method approach, , SAGE Cases in Methodology, Sage: London
O’Riordan, T., Lenton, T. and Christie, I. (2013), Tipping points and critical thresholds: metaphors and systemic change, in O’Riordan, T. and Lenton. T. (eds), Addressing Tipping Points for a Precarious Future, Oxford University Press & The British Academy: Oxford.