Professor Tim Jackson

Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)
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Academic and research departments

Centre for Environment and Sustainability.


Affiliations and memberships

The Club of Rome
Full member
UNEP Sustainable Lifestyles Taskforce
New Economics Foundation
Sustainable Development Research Network
Alliance Trust Sustainable Futures Fund
Aviva Sustainable and Responsible Investment Advisory Board
Advisory Board, New Energy Solutions Partners, Asset Management
Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS)
Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)


Research interests



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Amy Isham, Birgitta Gatersleben, Tim Jackson (2018)Flow activities as a route to living well with less, In: Environment and Behavior SAGE Publications

Research suggests that the excessive focus on the acquisition of material goods promoted by our consumer capitalist society may be detrimental to well-being. Current Western lifestyles, which promote unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, therefore risk failing to bring citizens the happiness they are striving for. Csikszentmihalyi (2004) suggested that engaging in challenging, flow-conducive activities is a means by which individuals can improve their well-being without substantially impacting the environment. In this paper we test this proposal by examining data concerning the daily experiences and well-being of 500 US families. We show that individuals who experience stronger characteristics of flow in their leisure activities tend to have greater momentary well-being and that those experiencing flow more frequently tend to report greater retrospective well-being. Moreover, a small negative relationship was found between an activity’s flow score and its environmental impact. The analysis allows us to identify a specific group of activities that are highly conducive to the experience of flow while having a low environmental impact.

P Michaelis, T Jackson, R Clift (1998)Exergy analysis of the life cycle of steel, In: ENERGY23(3)pp. 213-220 PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Birgitta Gatersleben, Emma White, W Abrahamse, Timothy Jackson, David Uzzell (2010)Values and sustainable lifestyles, In: Architectural Science Review53(1)pp. 37-50 Routledge, Taylor & Francis

With ever-increasing concerns about the consequences of climate change, households are an important focus for change. There is increasing pressure on households to change lifestyles and adopt behaviours that require less energy and natural resources. At the same time, retailers and producers of consumer goods aim to persuade people to consume more through commercial advertisements. Social science research examining sustainable behaviours often fails to examine the relative influence of both environmental concern and materialism simultaneously. Moreover, most of this research focuses on explaining or promoting behaviours with pro-environmental intent, thereby ignoring many consumer behaviours that may have a significant environmental impact. This article aims to address some of these shortcomings by examining the relationships between materialistic and environmental values and different consumer behaviours. Survey data from 194 individuals from 99 households were analysed. The findings show that quite a number of people express both relatively high levels of environmental concern and relatively high levels of materialism simultaneously. Moreover, materialism and environmental concern appear to be related to different types of behaviours. This raises important questions for the promotion of sustainable lifestyles, which may need to address not only environmental concerns but also materialistic concerns.

Anastasia Loukianov, Kate Burningham, Tim Jackson (2020)Young people, good life narratives, and sustainable futures: the case of Instagram, In: Sustainable Earth3(11)

Background: Young people’s processes of meaning-making in relation to what it means to live well are supported by the shared understandings of the good life that are available in their particular sociocultural and historical contexts. These understandings are tied to questions of environmental impact and social justice, as each ‘good life’ entails different levels of material throughput and some may undermine the ability of others to pursue their chosen ‘good lives’. This paper draws on the insights from an exploration of Instagram posts tagged #goodlife to consider the role of Instagram in the constitution of good life narratives that are available to young people. Using network analysis tools, the researchers analyse the relationships between themes of hashtags appearing on 793 posts tagged #goodlife. The findings from the thematic approach to network analysis are used to support a thematic qualitative exploration of a subsample of 200 of the posts. Findings: The paper gives an overview of three good life narratives that can be found on the platform: the good life of the self-made affluent entrepreneur, the good life of the world-traveller, the good life as shared experience. Additionally, it highlights the differing levels of popularity of each narrative on the platform, and considers their respective implications for environmental and social sustainability. The paper then provides a conceptual reading of the platform that enables considerations relating to its place in the creation and maintenance of good life narratives. Conceptualising Instagram as a social conversation, the paper suggests that adequate participation on the platform may require engaging in less sustainable practices. Conclusions: The paper concludes by arguing that while the most popular narratives on the platform are less likely to support sustainable lifestyles, more sustainable understandings of living well are also promoted by users.

M Chitnis, A Druckman, LC Hunt, T Jackson, S Milne (2012)Forecasting scenarios for UK household expenditure and associated GHG emissions: Outlook to 2030, In: Ecological Economics84pp. 129-141 Elsevier

Using the modelling tool ELESA (Econometric Lifestyle Environment Scenario Analysis), this paper describes forecast scenarios to 2030 for UK household expenditure and associated (direct and indirect) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 16 expenditure categories. Using assumptions for real household disposable income, real prices, ‘exogenous non-economic factors’ (ExNEF), average UK temperatures and GHG intensities, three future scenarios are constructed. In each scenario, real expenditure for almost all categories of UK expenditure continues to grow up to 2030; the exceptions being ‘alcoholic beverages and tobacco’ and ‘other fuels’ (and ‘gas’ and ‘electricity’ in the ‘low’ scenario) leading to an increase in associated GHG emissions for most of the categories in the ‘reference’ and ‘high’ scenarios other than ‘food and non-alcoholic beverages’, ‘alcoholic beverages and tobacco’, ‘electricity’, ‘other fuels’ and ‘recreation and culture’. Of the future GHG emissions, about 30% is attributed to ‘direct energy’ use by households and nearly 70% attributable to ‘indirect energy’. UK policy makers therefore need to consider a range of policies if they wish to curtail emissions associated with household expenditure, including, for example, economic measures such as taxes alongside measures that reflect the important contribution of ExNEF to changes in expenditure for most categories of consumption.

S Dresner, T Jackson, N Gilbert (2006)History and social responses to environmental tax reform in the United Kingdom, In: ENERGY POLICY34(8)pp. 930-939 ELSEVIER SCI LTD
JGB Atkinson, T Jackson, E Mullings-Smith (2009)Market influence on the low carbon energy refurbishment of existing multi-residential buildings, In: ENERGY POLICY37(7)pp. 2582-2593 ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Y Mulugetta, N Mantajit, T Jackson (2007)Power sector scenarios for Thailand: An exploratory analysis 2002-2022, In: ENERGY POLICY35(6)pp. 3256-3269 ELSEVIER SCI LTD
S Fudge, M Peters, Y Mulugetta, T Jackson (2011)Paradigms, Policy and Governance: The Politics of Energy Regulation in the UK Post-2000, In: Environmental Policy and Governance21(4)pp. 291-302

This paper considers the debate around energy policy and government regulation in the UK, considering Helm's idea that the current period can be conceptualized as a distinct ideological paradigm in the same way that both nationalization and privatization were enmeshed within particular political and economic goals. As he reasons, the first paradigm was based on nationalization and had the purpose of bringing vital services under public ownership and the second paradigm was constructed around the premises of liberalization and privatization. Drawing on the work of Mitchell, the paper explores Helm's observations on the link between ‘paradigms and policy’ to suggest that the failings of a market-based approach to addressing climate change and energy security argue that a more radical shift in direction and thinking is needed. In particular, it is argued that the UK Government's more recent targets on reducing carbon emissions suggest the need for an energy policy agenda that is more clearly de-linked from the current emphasis on market solutions and associated political thinking. It is argued that such a transition in policy would need to revolve around Kuhn's pre-conditions of a ‘gestalt switch’ – as indicated in both previous UK regulatory approaches to energy. We suggest that, in much the same way as the dominant scientific consensus structured Kuhn's original conception of a paradigm, such a shift in policy will involve a ‘gestalt switch’, and a politically led shift away from the influence of thinking which currently remains rooted in previous infrastructural and ideological legacies.

T Jackson, E Papathanasopoulou (2008)Luxury or 'lock-in'? An exploration of unsustainable consumption in the UK: 1968 to 2000, In: ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS68(1-2)pp. 80-95 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
T Jackson (2008)What politicians dare not say, In: NEW SCIENTIST200(2678)pp. 42-43 REED BUSINESS INFORMATION LTD
P Michaelis, T Jackson (2000)Material and energy flow through the UK iron and steel sector. Part 1: 1954-1994, In: RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING29(1-2)pp. 131-156 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
M Oliver, T Jackson (2000)The evolution of economic and environmental cost for crystalline silicon photovoltaics, In: ENERGY POLICY28(14)pp. 1011-1021 ELSEVIER SCI LTD
J McLaren, S Parkinson, T Jackson (2000)Modelling material cascades - frameworks for the environmental assessment of recycling systems, In: RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING31(1)pp. 83-104 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV

This paper explores the hypothesis (most notably made by French economist Thomas Piketty) that slow growth rates lead to rising inequality. If true, this hypothesis would pose serious challenges to achieving 'prosperity without growth' or meeting the ambitions of those who call for an intentional slowing down of growth on ecological grounds. It would also create problems of social justice in the context of a 'secular stagnation'. The paper describes a closed, demand-driven, stock-flow consistent model of Savings, Inequality and Growth in a Macroeconomic framework (SIGMA) with exogenous growth and savings rates. SIGMA is used to examine the evolution of inequality in the context of declining economic growth. Contrary to the general hypothesis, we find that inequality does not necessarily increase as growth slows down. In fact, there are certain conditions under which inequality can be reduced significantly, or even eliminated entirely, as growth declines. The paper discusses the implications of this finding for questions of employment, government fiscal policy and the politics of de-growth.

M Chitnis, S Sorrell, A Druckman, SK Firth, T Jackson (2013)Turning lights into flights: Estimating direct and indirect rebound effects for UK households, In: Energy Policy55pp. 234-250

Energy efficiency improvements by households lead to rebound effects that offset the potential energy and emissions savings. Direct rebound effects result from increased demand for cheaper energy services, while indirect rebound effects result from increased demand for other goods and services that also require energy to provide. Research to date has focused upon the former, but both are important for climate change. This study estimates the combined direct and indirect rebound effects from seven measures that improve the energy efficiency of UK dwellings. The methodology is based upon estimates of the income elasticity and greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of 16 categories of household goods and services, and allows for the embodied emissions of the energy efficiency measures themselves, as well as the capital cost of the measures. Rebound effects are measured in GHG terms and relate to the adoption of these measures by an average UK household. The study finds that the rebound effects from these measures are typically in the range 5-15% and arise mostly from indirect effects. This is largely because expenditure on gas and electricity is more GHG-intensive than expenditure on other goods and services. However, the anticipated shift towards a low carbon electricity system in the UK may lead to much larger rebound effects. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

P Sinclair, E Papathanasopoulou, W Mellor, T Jackson (2005)Towards an integrated regional materials flow accounting mode, In: JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY9(1-2)pp. 69-84 M I T PRESS
PA Victor, T Jackson (2012)A Commentary on UNEP's Green Economy Scenarios, In: Ecological Economics77(May 20)pp. 11-15 Elsevier
M Pepper, T Jackson, D Uzzell (2011)An Examination of Christianity and Socially Conscious and Frugal Consumer behaviors, In: Environment and Behavior43(2)pp. 274-290 Sage Publications

In recent years, the potential of religions for fostering more sustainable consumer behaviors on the part of their adherents has often been invoked. This article provides an overview of research on Christianity and ecologically conscious, socially conscious, and frugal consumer behaviors. Previous research has focused mainly on ecologically conscious consumer behavior, reporting mixed findings, depending on the religion measures that are used. In an extension to this body of work, a U.K.-based survey examining religious influences on socially conscious and frugal consumer behaviors is reported. Weak positive relationships between general religion measures (dispositional religiousness, spirituality, religious service attendance, and Christian identification) and both types of consumer behavior were obtained, suggesting that religion does indeed foster sustainable consumer behaviors, albeit marginally. However, attempts to distinguish among consumer behaviors by means of God concepts were largely unfruitful. Future research needs to investigate the influence of specific religious beliefs about consumerism, wealth, and social justice on consumer behavior. An increased focus on action research would also be valuable.

A Druckman, AI Buck, B Hayward, T Jackson (2012)Time, gender, carbon: A study of the carbon implications of British adults' use of time., In: International Journal of Ecological Economics and Statistics84pp. 153-163 Elsevier
Y Mulugetta, T Nhete, T Jackson (2000)Photovoltaics in Zimbabwe: lessons from the GEF solar project, In: ENERGY POLICY28(14)pp. 1069-1080 ELSEVIER SCI LTD
M Chitnis, S Sorrell, A Druckman, SK Firth, T Jackson (2014)Who rebounds most? Estimating direct and indirect rebound effects for different UK socioeconomic groups, In: Ecological Economics106pp. 12-32

This study estimates the combined direct and indirect rebound effects from various types of energy efficiency improvement and behavioural change by UK households and explores how these effects vary with total expenditure. The methodology is based upon estimates of the expenditure elasticity and GHG intensity of 16 categories of goods and services, and allows for the capital cost and embodied emissions of the energy efficiency measures themselves. The study finds that rebound effects, in GHG terms, are modest (0-32%) for measures affecting domestic energy use, larger (25-65%) for measures affecting vehicle fuel use and very large (66-106%) for measures that reduce food waste. Furthermore, measures undertaken by low income households are associated with the largest rebound effects, with direct emissions forming a larger proportion of the total rebound effect for those households. Measures that are subsidised or affect highly taxed energy commodities may be less effective in reducing aggregate emissions. These findings highlight the importance of allowing for rebound effects within policy appraisals, as well as reinforcing the case for economy-wide carbon pricing. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

M Pepper, T Jackson, D Uzzell (2010)A Study of Multidimensional Religion Constructs and Values in the United Kingdom, In: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion49(1)pp. 127-146 WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC

A growing number of studies have systematically examined the relationships between religiousness and value priorities. However, few studies have utilized multidimensional constructs of religiousness or attempted to distinguish among the value priorities of the religious. Using a general public sample and a churchgoer sample in the United Kingdom, this article examines the associations between Schwartz's values, several general religion measures, and conceptualization of God. Religiousness aligns most strongly along the conservation/openness to change value dimension, and spirituality is rotated further toward self-transcendence values. Findings suggest a shift among the religious away from an emphasis on security. God concepts are uniquely related to some value types. Particularly among the churchgoers, for whom God concepts may be especially formative, characteristics attributed to God are reflected in value priorities. These findings support the theoretical assertion that conceptualization of God is a foundational religious belief implicated in more specific values, attitudes, and beliefs.

M Pepper, T Jackson, D Uzzell (2009)An examination of the values that motivate socially conscious and frugal consumer behaviours, In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONSUMER STUDIES33(2)pp. 126-136 WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC
KA Burningham, S Venn, B Gatersleben, I Christie, T Jackson (2014)’New Motherhood: a moment of change in everyday shopping practices?’, In: Young Consumers15(3)pp. 211-226 Emerald

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.

S Mair, A Druckman, T Jackson (2015)Global inequities and emissions in Western European textiles and clothing consumption, In: Journal of Cleaner Production

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Rising demand for cheaper textiles and clothing in Western Europe is well documented, as are changes in the Textiles and Clothing industry's globalised production structure. We apply a sub-systems global multi-regional input-output accounting framework to examine the sustainability implications of meeting Western European demand for textiles and clothing goods between 1995 and 2009. Our framework estimates environmental and socio-economic impacts of consumption in a consistent manner and shows where these occur both geographically and in the value chain. The results demonstrate that Western European textiles and clothing consumption remains dependent on low-cost labour from Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC), principally in the Textiles and Clothing and Agricultural sectors. Conversely, we show that the wage rate for BRIC workers in the global value chains serving Western European textiles and clothing consumption has risen over time but remains low relative to the wage rate paid to Western European workers. Likewise, we find that profits are increasingly generated within BRIC and that they are now at comparable levels to those generated in Western Europe. We find a slight overall decrease in the amount of carbon emitted in the production of textiles and clothing goods for Western Europe between 1995 and 2009. However, the trend is not linear and the importance of different underlying drivers varies over the timeseries. We conclude by discussing the implications of these results for a more sustainable future for Western European textiles and clothing consumption.

E Papathanasopoulou, T Jackson (2009)Measuring fossil resource inequality-A case study for the UK between 1968 and 2000, In: ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS68(4)pp. 1213-1225 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
E Sundin, N Svensson, J McLaren, T Jackson (2001)Materials and energy flow analysis of paper consumption in the United Kingdom, 1987-2010, In: Journal of Industrial Ecology5(3)pp. 89-105

This article presents the results of a life-cycle materials and energy flow analysis for the pulp and paper cycle in the United Kingdom. Material flows are reconstructed for the period between 1987 and 1996 for all major processes associated with the paper cycle, and system energy requirements are calculated over this period using the best available data. Attention is drawn to the import dependence of U.K. paper demand, and the significant energy requirements associated with upstream forestry processes. The historical trend analysis is then used to model possible future developments in materials and energy consumption until 2010 under a variety of assumptions about process technology improvements, wastepaper utilization rates, and changing demand trends. The results indicate that policy options to increase recycling yield some energy benefits, but these are small by comparison with the benefits to be gained by reducing consumption of paper and improving process technology. The structure of the electricity supply industry in the United Kingdom means that global energy benefits could also be achieved by increasing the contribution from imported pulp.

J Davis, R Geyer, J Ley, J He, R Clift, A Kwan, A Sansom, T Jackson (2007)Time-dependent material flow analysis of iron and steel in the UK Part 2. Scrap generation and recycling, In: RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING51(1)pp. 118-140 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Birgitta Gatersleben, Tim Jackson, Jesse Meadows, Elena Soto, Ying (Lily) Yang (2018)Leisure, materialism, wellbeing and the environment, In: European Review of Applied Psychology / Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée68(3)pp. 131-139 Elsevier

Introduction There are increasing concerns that people in modern societies spend too much of their leisure time on activities such as shopping and watching television and that this undermines human wellbeing and damages the environment. Objectives This paper explores the relationships between materialism, environmental values and life satisfaction on the one hand, and different forms of leisure activities on the other. In particular, it addresses the differences between serious or intrinsically motivating leisure activities and casual or extrinsically motivating activities. Method Three survey studies were conducted among 16 to 25 year olds in the UK (n = 338), Spain (n = 417) and China (n = 961). Results Reading books was negatively related to materialism and positively to environmental values and behaviours. Playing sports was associated with higher wellbeing. Moreover, materialism was negatively associated with environmental values and behaviour. Life satisfaction was higher among those with stronger environmental values and weaker materialism. Conclusion The findings suggest that sustainable lifestyles, characterised by higher wellbeing, higher environmental concern and behaviour and lower materialism can be found in each nation. Moreover, such lifestyles are associated with different kinds of leisure engagement. Examining the potentially positive role of reading books rather than being immersed in screen time deserves further attention.

Concern over the environmental and social implications of modern consumption patterns has emerged as a defining feature of debates about sustainable development. During the last decade, these concerns have crystallised around the concept of 'sustainable consumption'. This paper briefly reviews the recent history of this debate. It highlights, in particular, the failure of policy-makers to agree on precise definitions of sustainable consumption and the contentious nature of exhortations to 'consume less'. In spite of these difficulties, the author suggests that progress towards understanding and changing unsustainable patterns of consumption is not only necessary bur possible. Such progress relies, however, on two key understandings: firstly, an informed view of the wider and deeper debates about consumption and consumer behaviour within which the sustainable consumption debate sits; and secondly, a culturally open approach to the role of policy in negotiating change. The paper highlights, in particular, the potential for community-based initiatives for social change. Far from offering an intractable policy domain, the author argues that a sophisticated understanding of the social and institutional context of consumer action opens out a much more creative vista for policy innovation than has hitherto been recognised.

T Jackson (2009)Beyond the Growth Economy, In: JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY13(4)pp. 487-490 WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC
R Shaw, M Attree, T Jackson, M Kay (2009)The value of reducing distribution losses by domestic load-shifting: a network perspective, In: ENERGY POLICY37(8)pp. 3159-3167 ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Kate Burningham, Susan Venn, Bronwyn Hayward, Sylvia Nissen, Midori Aoyagi, Mohammad Mehed Hasan, Tim Jackson, Vimlendu Jha, Helio Mattar, Ingrid Schudel, Aya Yoshida (2019)Ethics in context: essential flexibility in an international photo-elicitation project with children and young people, In: International Journal of Social Research Methodologypp. 1-16 Taylor & Francis

Existing literatures have discussed both ethical issues in visual research with young people, and the problems associated with applying ‘universal’ ethical guidelines across varied cultural contexts. There has been little consideration, however, of specific issues raised in projects where visual research is being conducted with young people simultaneously in multiple national contexts. This paper contributes to knowledge in this area. We reflect on our experiences of planning and conducting the International CYCLES project involving photo elicitation with young people in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. While some issues such as varying access to technology for taking and sharing photos and diverse cultural sensitivities around the use of photography were anticipated in advance, others were more unexpected. Balancing the need for methods to be appropriate, ethical and feasible within each setting with the desire for sufficient consistency across the project is challenging. We argue that an ‘ethics in context’ approach and an attitude of ‘methodological immaturity’ is critical in international visual research projects with young people.

Simon Mair, Angela Druckman, Tim Jackson (2020)A tale of two utopias: Work in a post-growth world, In: Ecological Economics173106653 Elsevier

In this paper, we aim to contribute to the literature on post-growth futures. Modern imaginings of the future are constrained by the assumptions of growth-based capitalism. To escape these assumptions we turn to utopian fiction. We explore depictions of work in Cokaygne, a utopian tradition dating back to the 12th century, and William Morris's 19th century News from Nowhere. Cokaygne is a land of excessive consumption without work, while in News from Nowhere work is the route to the good life. These competing notions provide inspiration for a post-growth vision of work. We argue that biophysical and social dynamics mean that in a post-growth economy we are likely to have to be less productive and work more. But, this can be a utopian vision. By breaking the link between work and consumption at the level of the individual, we can remove some of the coercion in work. This would free us to do jobs that contribute to the social good, rather than generate exchange value, and empower us to fight for good work. Finally, we draw on eco-feminist analyses of capitalism to argue that by challenging labour productivity growth we can also challenge wider forces of oppression.

T Jackson (2013)Material Concerns: Pollution, profit and quality of life, In: Material Concerns: Pollution, Profit and Quality of Lifepp. 1-218

© 1996 Stockholm Environment Institute. All rights reserved.Material Concerns offers new perspectives on key environmental issues - pollution prevention, ecological economics, limits to sustainability, consumer behaviour and government policy. The first non-technical introduction to preventative environmental management, Material Concerns offers realistic prospects for improving the quality of life.

E Papathanasopoulou, T Jackson (2008)Fossil resource trade balances: Emerging trends for the UK, In: ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS66(2-3)pp. 492-505 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
S Parkinson, K Begg, P Bailey, T Jackson (2001)Accounting for flexibility against uncertain baselines: lessons from case studies in the eastern European energy sector, In: CLIMATE POLICY1(1)pp. 55-73 ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
T Jackson (2002)Evolutionary psychology in ecological economics: consilience, consumption and contentment, In: ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS41(2)PII S0921-pp. 289-303 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
KG Begg, T Jackson, S Parkinson (2001)Beyond joint implementation - designing flexibility into global climate policy, In: ENERGY POLICY29(1)pp. 17-27 ELSEVIER SCI LTD
PD Bailey, T Jackson, S Parkinson, KG Begg (2001)Searching for baselines constructing joint implementation project emission reductions, In: GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS11(3)pp. 185-192 ELSEVIER SCI LTD
I Kubiszewski, R Costanza, C Franco, P Lawn, J Talberth, T Jackson, C Aylmer (2013)Beyond GDP: Measuring and achieving global genuine progress, In: Ecological Economics93pp. 57-68

While global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has increased more than three-fold since 1950, economic welfare, as estimated by the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), has actually decreased since 1978. We synthesized estimates of GPI over the 1950-2003 time period for 17 countries for which GPI has been estimated. These 17 countries contain 53% of the global population and 59% of the global GDP. We compared GPI with Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Human Development Index (HDI), Ecological Footprint, Biocapacity, Gini coefficient, and Life Satisfaction scores. Results show a significant variation among these countries, but some major trends. We also estimated a global GPI/capita over the 1950-2003 period. Global GPI/capita peaked in 1978, about the same time that global Ecological Footprint exceeded global Biocapacity. Life Satisfaction in almost all countries has also not improved significantly since 1975. Globally, GPI/capita does not increase beyond a GDP/capita of around $7000/capita. If we distributed income more equitably around the planet, the current world GDP ($67. trillion/yr) could support 9.6. billion people at $7000/capita. While GPI is not the perfect economic welfare indicator, it is a far better approximation than GDP. Development policies need to shift to better account for real welfare and not merely GDP growth. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

M Oliver, T Jackson (2001)Energy and economic evaluation of building-integrated photovoltaics, In: ENERGY26(4)pp. 431-439 PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
S Stymne, T Jackson (2000)Intra-generational equity and sustainable welfare: a time series analysis for the UK and Sweden, In: ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS33(2)pp. 219-236 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Simon Mair, Angela Druckman, Tim Jackson (2019)Higher Wages for Sustainable Development? Employment and Carbon Effects of Paying a Living Wage in Global Apparel Supply Chains, In: Ecological Economics159pp. 11-23 Elsevier

In this paper we explore how paying a living wage in global supply chains might affect employment and carbon emissions: Sustainable Development Goals 8 and 13. Previous work has advocated using wage increases for poorer workers to increase prices for wealthier consumers, thereby reducing consumption and associated environmental damage. However, the likely effects of such an approach remain unclear. Using an input-output framework extended with income and demand elasticities, we estimate the employment and carbon effects of paying a living wage to Brazilian, Russian, Indian and Chinese (BRIC) workers in the Western European clothing supply chain. We find negligible effects on carbon emissions but a substantial increase in BRIC employment under 3 scenarios of consumer behaviour. Changes in Western European consumption lead to small decreases in global carbon emissions and BRIC employment. However, the increase in BRIC wages increases demand in BRIC. This increased demand increases production which largely cancels out the carbon savings and generates net increases in BRIC employment. We conclude by arguing that paying higher wages in global supply chains represents a good but not sufficient step toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

T Jackson (2002)Materials matter: Toward a sustainable materials policy, In: NATURE415(6870)pp. 367-368 NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
Amy Isham, Birgitta Gatersleben, Tim Jackson (2020)Materialism and the Experience of Flow, In: Journal of Happiness Studies Springer

The need to locate ways of living that can be both beneficial to personal well-being and ecologically sustainable is becoming increasingly important. Flow experiences show promise for the achievement of personal and ecological well-being. However, it is not yet understood how the materialistic values promoted by our consumer cultures may impact our ability to experience flow. A cross-sectional survey of 451 people demonstrated that materialistic values and an individual’s tendency to experience flow were negatively correlated (Study 1). Next we showed that experimentally priming a materialistic mind-set led to poorer quality flow experiences in a sample of students (Study 2) and British adults (Study 3). Our findings add to current understandings of the detrimental consequences of materialistic values and suggest that it is crucial to challenge the materialistic values present within our consumer societies if we are to provide opportunities for experiencing flow.

A Druckman, I Buck, B Hayward, T Jackson (2012)Time, gender and carbon: A study of the carbon implications of British adults' use of time, In: Ecological Economics84pp. 153-163 Elsevier

In order to meet the UK's challenging greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, behaviour change will be necessary in addition to changes in technology. Traditionally this has been approached from the angle of shifting the goods people purchase towards lower impact options. But an equally valid angle is through changing the way people use their time. This study explores the GHG emissions per unit time for different types of activities. It focuses on ‘non-work’ time, and examines how different activities, such as household chores and leisure pursuits, give rise to varying amounts of household carbon emissions. We do this first for an average British adult, and then examine how time use varies within households, and how this impacts on resulting carbon emissions. We find, for example, that leisure activities are generally associated with lower carbon emissions than non-leisure activities, and that a higher proportion of an average man's carbon footprint is due to leisure than an average woman's. In the discussion we explore the implications of our findings for the varying roles carried out within different types of household, we investigate the concept of carbon as a potential marker for social justice, and discuss the implications for work-time reduction policies.

C Alexander, A Druckman, T Jackson, C Osinski (2009)Estimating household material flows in deprived areas, In: Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Waste and Resource Management162(WR3)pp. 129-139

As a first step to understanding household material flows and waste arisings, a detailed picture of household consumption is required. This task is particularly problematic for local areas such as deprived inner-city housing estates that are under-represented in national surveys. This paper describes two methodologies for assessing household expenditure as a consumption proxy and applies them to such an area. The first is a top-down approach using national datasets to model household expenditure at high levels of socio-economic and geographical disaggregation. The second method is a bottom-up approach in which a sample of household expenditure diaries was collected, augmented by a variety of qualitative techniques to gain a detailed picture of household practices. The results from the two methodologies showed marked discrepancies: locally collected data demonstrate a higher degree of variability than modelled results based on aggregate data. It is suggested that neither approach is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, but that the two methodologies serve different purposes. Use of top-down modelled data is pragmatic and affordable for use by administrative or commercial bodies. However, without recognition of the localised volatility revealed by the bottom-up method, it is unlikely that realistic and efficient collection strategies can be devised.

Simon Mair, Angela Druckman, Timothy Jackson (2017)Investigating fairness in global supply chains: applying an extension of the living wage to the Western European clothing supply chain, In: The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment23pp. 1862-1873 Springer Verlag

Purpose This paper explores the issue of fairness in global supply chains. Taking the Western European clothing supply chain as a case study, we demonstrate how applying a normative indicator in Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA) can contribute academic and practical insights into debates on fairness. To do so, we develop a new indicator that addresses some of the limitations of the living wage for SLCA. Methods We extend the standard form of living wage available for developing countries to include income tax and social security contributions. We call this extension ‘living labour compensation’. Using publically available data, we estimate net living wages, gross living wages, and living labour compensation rates for Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC) in 2005. We then integrate living labour compensation rates into an input-output framework, which we use to compare living labour compensation and actual labour compensation in the BRIC countries in the Western European clothing supply chain in 2005. Results and discussion We find that in 2005, actual labour compensation in the Western European clothing supply chain was around half of the living labour compensation level, with the greatest difference being in the Agricultural sector. Therefore, we argue that BRIC pay in the Western European clothing supply chain was unfair. Furthermore, our living labour compensation estimates for BRIC in 2005 are ~ 35% higher than standard living wage estimates. Indeed, adding income taxes and employee social security contributions alone increases the living wage by ~ 10%. Consequently, we argue there is a risk that investigations based on living wages are not using a representative measure of fairness from the employee’s perspective and are substantially underestimating the cost of living wages from an employer’s perspective. Finally, we discuss implications for retailers and living wage advocacy groups. Conclusions Living labour compensation extends the living wage, maintaining its strengths and addressing key weaknesses. It can be estimated for multiple countries from publically available data and can be applied in an input-output framework. Therefore, it is able to provide a normative assessment of fairness in complex global supply chains. Applying it to the Western European clothing supply chain, we were able to show that pay for workers in Brazil, Russia, India, and China is unfair, and draw substantive conclusions for practice.

P Michaelis, T Jackson (2000)Material and energy flow through the UK iron and steel sector - Part 2: 1994-2019, In: RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING29(3)pp. 209-230 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
J Thomson, T Jackson (2007)Sustainable procurement in practice: Lessons from local government, In: JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT50(3)pp. 421-444 ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
P Bradley, Angela Druckman, Timothy Jackson (2013)The development of commercial local area resource and emissions modelling - navigating towards new perspectives and applications, In: Journal of Cleaner Production42pp. 241-253 Elsevier

Meeting near future UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets will require all parts of the UK economy to contribute, and in particular significant changes in business practices are required at the local level. From review it was found that there is a lack of detailed business accounting and reporting of GHG emissions at the local level, especially concerning supply chain impacts and small and medium sized enterprises. This paper presents a framework model to generate detailed benchmark estimates of GHGs (both on site and supply chain related) for individual businesses and all businesses of a sector within an area. The model makes use of available economic and environmental data, and, with similar datasets existing in other parts of the world, such models may be used elsewhere. The framework model is applied to an empirical case study. Estimates from such a framework can be used in a step-by-step approach to move businesses and local areas towards improved accounting, reporting and sustainability (including procurement). The model makes use of two different accounting perspectives: the production perspective (on site GHGs) and the provision perspective (supply chain GHGs attributable to purchased inputs of a business or sectors production). The new provision perspective and its consequences are explored and explained.

A Druckman, T Jackson (2008)Measuring resource inequalities: The concepts and methodology for an area-based Gini coefficient, In: ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS65(2)pp. 242-252 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
E Papathanasopoulou, T Jackson (2010)The United Kingdom's Fossil Resource Consumption Between 1968 and 2000, In: JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY14(2)pp. 354-370 WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC
T Jackson (2011)Societal transformations for a sustainable economy, In: NATURAL RESOURCES FORUM35(3)pp. 155-164 WILEY-BLACKWELL
A Druckman, P Bradley, E Papathanasopoulou, T Jackson (2008)Measuring progress towards carbon reduction in the UK, In: ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS66(4)pp. 594-604 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
A Druckman, T Jackson (2010)The bare necessities: How much household carbon do we really need?, In: Ecological Economics69(9)pp. 1794-1804 Elsevier

The consumption patterns of Western nations are generally deemed to be unsustainable. Yet there is little attempt to restrain either material throughput or income growth. Nonetheless, in the face of the need to make ‘deep’ cuts in carbon emissions (for instance), consumption restraint may be a perfectly legitimate response. This paper explores the potential for a Reduced Consumption Scenario in the UK constructed by assuming that households achieve a specific ‘minimum income standard’ which is deemed to provide a decent life for each household type. The minimum income standards are taken from a recent study for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and include not only subsistence commodities such as food, warmth and shelter but also the means to participate effectively in society. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation study produced detailed household expenditure budgets for these income standards. The paper uses an environmentally extended Quasi-Multi-Regional Input–Output model to estimate the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions required in the production and distribution of all goods and services purchased according to these budgets. Our results show that average household GHG emissions in the UK would be around 37% lower in the Reduced Consumption Scenario than they are currently. We explore several implications of these findings including: the need to change social norms around consumption, the need for investment to improve the thermal performance of homes and the need to develop new transport infrastructures. We also address the potential to reduce emissions below the level achieved in this Scenario and discuss the implications for policy.

A Druckman, P Sinclair, T Jackson (2008)A geographically and socio-economically disaggregated local household consumption model for the UK, In: JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION16(7)pp. 870-880 ELSEVIER SCI LTD
T Jackson, M Oliver (2000)The viability of solar photovoltaics, In: ENERGY POLICY28(14)pp. 983-988 ELSEVIER SCI LTD
T Jackson, P Victor (2011)Productivity and work in the 'green economy': Some theoretical reflections and empirical tests, In: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions1(1)pp. 101-108
A Druckman, M Chitnis, S Sorrell, T Jackson (2012)Missing carbon reductions? Exploring rebound and backfire effects in UK households, In: Energy Policy49pp. 778-778 Elsevier

Households are expected to play a pivotal role in reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the UK Government is encouraging specific household actions to help meet its targets. However, due to there bound effect, only a portion of the GHG emission reductions estimated by simple engineering calculations are generally achieved in practice. For example, replacing short car journeys by walking or cycling reduces consumption of motorfuels. But this frees up money that may be spent on, for example, purchasing extra clothes or flying on vacation. Alternatively, the money may be put into savings. Since all of these options lead to GHG emissions, total GHG savings may be less than anticipated. Indeed, in some instances, emissions may increase — a phenomenon known as ‘backfire’. We estimate that there bound effect for a combination of three abatement actions by UK households is approximately 34%. Targeting re-spending on goods and services with a low GHG intensity reduces this to a minimum of around 12%, while re-spending on goods and services with a high GHG intensity leads to backfire. Our study highlights the importance of shifting consumption to lower GHG intensive categories and investing in low carbon investments.

G Cooper, N Green, K Burningham, D Evans, T Jackson (2012)Unravelling the threads: discourses of sustainability and consumption in an online forum, In: Environmental Communication: a journal of nature and culture6(1)pp. 101-118 Routledge, Taylor& Francis Group

This paper analyzes an online discussion that followed an article published by UK environmental activist and journalist George Monbiot (2007) in The Guardian online newspaper. The analysis addresses the ways in which participants in an online forum debate responded to the tensions and contradictions between lifestyle, consumption and sustainability highlighted in the original article. The discursive construction of class, green political orientations and identities, visions of “the good life”, and appeals to religion and science, are highlighted throughout the analysis – as are the discursive strategies for positioning self, other and audience in the debate. The argument emphasizes the heterogeneity of discursive positioning, and reflects on the role of social media in the politics of consumption and sustainability, especially given the inherent reflexivity of web forums as online communicative forms.

A Druckman, M Chitnis, S Sorrell, T Jackson (2012)Missing carbon reductions? Exploring rebound and backfire effects in UK households (vol 39, pg 3572, 2011), In: ENERGY POLICY49pp. 778-778 ELSEVIER SCI LTD

Households are expected to play a pivotal role in reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the UK Government is encouraging specific household actions to help meet its targets. However, due to there bound effect, only a portion of the GHG emission reductions estimated by simple engineering calculations are generally achieved in practice. For example, replacing short car journeys by walking or cycling reduces consumption of motorfuels. But this frees up money that may be spent on, for example, purchasing extra clothes or flying on vacation. Alternatively, the money may be put into savings. Since all of these options lead to GHG emissions, total GHG savings may be less than anticipated. Indeed, in some instances, emissions may increase — a phenomenon known as ‘backfire’. We estimate that there bound effect for a combination of three abatement actions by UK households is approximately 34%. Targeting re-spending on goods and services with a low GHG intensity reduces this to a minimum of around 12%, while re-spending on goods and services with a high GHG intensity leads to backfire. Our study highlights the importance of shifting consumption to lower GHG intensive categories and investing in low carbon investments.

Amy Isham, Simon Mair, Tim Jackson (2021)Worker wellbeing and productivity in advanced economies: Re-examining the link, In: Ecological economics184 Elsevier B.V

Labour productivity is a key concept for understanding the way modern economies use resources and features prominently in ecological economics. Ecological economists have questioned the desirability of labour productivity growth on both environmental and social grounds. In this paper we aim to contribute to ongoing debates by focusing on the link between labour productivity and worker wellbeing. First, we review the evidence for the happy-productive worker thesis, which suggests labour productivity could be improved by increasing worker wellbeing. Second, we review the evidence on ways that productivity growth may undermine worker wellbeing. We find there is experimental evidence demonstrating a causal effect of worker wellbeing on productivity, but that the relationship can also sometimes involve resource-intensive mediators. Taken together with the evidence of a negative impact on worker wellbeing from productivity growth, we conclude that a relentless pursuit of productivity growth is potentially counterproductive, not only in terms of worker wellbeing, but even in terms of long-term productivity.

Amy Isham, Caroline Verfuerth, Alison Armstrong, Patrick Elf, Birgitta Gatersleben, Tim Jackson (2022)The Problematic Role of Materialistic Values in the Pursuit of Sustainable Well-Being, In: International journal of environmental research and public health19(6) Mdpi

Strong materialistic values help to maintain consumer capitalism, but they can have negative consequences for individual well-being, for social equity and for environmental sustainability. In this paper, we add to the existing literature on the adverse consequences of materialistic values by highlighting their negative association with engagement in attitudes and actions that support the achievement of sustainable well-being. To do this, we explore the links between materialistic values and attitudes towards sufficiency (consuming "just enough") as well as mindfulness (non-judgmental awareness of the present moment) and flow (total immersion in an activity), which have all been linked to increased well-being and more sustainable behaviours. We present results from three correlational studies that examine the association between materialistic values and sufficiency attitudes (Study 1, n = 310), a multi-faceted measure of mindfulness (Study 2, n = 468) and the tendency to experience flow (Study 3, n = 2000). Results show that materialistic values were negatively associated with sufficiency attitudes, mindfulness, and flow experiences. We conclude with practical considerations and suggest next steps for tackling the problematic aspects of materialism and encouraging the development of sustainable well-being.

Amy Isham, Tim Jackson (2022)Finding flow: exploring the potential for sustainable fulfilment, In: The Lancet. Planetary health6(1)pp. e66-e74

Materialistic values and lifestyles have been associated with detrimental effects on both personal and planetary health. Therefore, there is a pressing need to identify activities and lifestyles that both promote human wellbeing and protect ecological wellbeing. In this Personal View, we explore the dynamics of a psychological state known as flow, in which people are shown to experience high levels of wellbeing through involvement in challenging activities that require some level of skill, and can often involve less materially intensive activities. By synthesising the results of a series of experience sampling, survey, and experimental studies, we identify optimal activities that are shown to have low environmental costs and high levels of human wellbeing. We also confirm that materialistic values tend to undermine people's ability to experience a flow state. In seeking to understand the reasons for this negative association between materialism and flow experiences, we are drawn towards a key role for what psychologists call self-regulation. We show, in particular, that the tendency to experience a flow state can be limited when self-regulatory strength is low and when people evade rather than confront negative or undesirable thoughts and situations. We reflect on the implications of these findings for the prospect of sustainable and fulfilling lifestyles.

Christine Corlet Walker, Angela Druckman, Tim Jackson (2022)A critique of the marketisation of long-term residential and nursing home care, In: The Lancet Healthy Longevity Elsevier

Long-term care across the OECD has undergone a progressive marketisation and financialisation in recent decades, characterised by the embedding of neoliberal market values such as competition, consumer choice and the profit motive. In this Personal View, we argue that these make poor guiding principles for the care sector, identifying the dysfunctional dynamics that arise as a result, and reflecting on the clinical implications of each, with a focus on facility-based care. We outline why providers can scarcely respond to competitive forces without compromising care quality. We explain why the promotion of consumer choice cannot effectively motivate improvements to quality of care. And we explore how privatisation opens the door to predatory financial practices. We conclude by considering how far proposals for reform can take us, ultimately arguing for a rejection of neoliberal market ideology, and calling for sector-wide discussions about what principles would be more fitting for a caring economy.

Christine Corlet Walker, Vivek Kotecha, Angela Druckman, Timothy David Jackson (2022)Held to Ransom: What happens when investment firms take over UK care homes Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity
Christine Corlet Walker, Angela Druckman, Tim Jackson (2021)Welfare systems without economic growth: A review of the challenges and next steps for the field, In: Ecological Economics186107066 Elsevier B.V

Welfare systems across the OECD face many combined challenges, with rising inequality, demographic changes and environmental crises likely to drive up welfare demand in the coming decades. Economic growth is no longer a sustainable solution to these problems. It is therefore imperative that we consider how welfare systems will cope with these challenges in the absence of economic growth. We review the literature tackling this complex problem. We identify five interconnected dilemmas for a post-growth welfare system: 1) how to maintain funding for the welfare system in a non-growing economy; 2) how to manage the increasing relative costs of welfare; 3) how to overcome structural and behavioural growth dependencies within the welfare system; 4) how to manage increasing need on a finite planet; and 5) how to overcome political barriers to the transformation of the welfare state. There is now need for further research investigating the macro-economic dynamics of post-growth welfare systems; trialling preventative, relational, low-resource models of welfare provision; and seeking to better understand political barriers to a post-growth welfare transition. We also make the case for considering post-growth welfare studies as a field in its own right, with the aim of improving coherence and cross-fertilisation between disciplines. •Economic growth can no longer be relied on to solve problems facing welfare systems.•Five core dilemmas for post-growth welfare systems are identified in the literature.•Declining funding, increasing costs and structural growth dependence are key issues.•Increasing welfare demand and political barriers to transition are other challenges.•A more integrated research approach would benefit post-growth welfare studies.

ANDREW JAMES JACKSON, TIMOTHY DAVID JACKSON (2021)Modelling energy transition risk: The impact of declining energy return on investment (EROI), In: Ecological Economics185107023 Elsevier

A number of papers in the field of net energy analysis have argued that declines in energy return on investment (EROI) could lead to increasing energy prices and a fall in economic growth. This paper develops a model (TranSim) which can simulate the economic and financial implications of an energy technology transition involving a reduction in EROI, by combining the stock-flow consistent (SFC) approach with an input-output (IO) model. The TranSim model has the following key features. First, it includes three firm sectors, that produce energy, capital, and other (non-energy, non-capital) goods. Second, an IO model and an Almost Ideal Demand System are integrated into the SFC model. Third, capital vintages have embedded levels of labour productivity and intermediate good requirements that depend on the economic conditions in the period the vintage was produced. Simulations are characterised by an initial increase in output (due to higher investment), followed by periods of recession and below trend growth (due to price inflation and changes to the functional income distribution). The negative effects associated with the transition – recession, stagnation, stagflation, increasing inequality and asset stranding – are positively related to the capital intensity of green energy production and reductions in EROI.

A Gazheli, A Miklos, Benjamin Drake, TD Jackson, S Stagle, J van den Bergh, M Wackerle (2013)Policy responses by different agents/stakeholders in transition: Integrating the Multi-level Perspective and behavioural economics, In: WWWForEurope, Welfare Wealth Workno 48 WWWforEurope

This short paper considers all possible stakeholders in different stages of a sustainability transition and matches their behavioral features and diversity to policies. This will involve an assessment of potential or expected responses of stakeholders to a range of policy instruments. Following the Multi-Level Perspective framework to conceptualize sustainability transitions, we classify the various transition policies at niche, regime and landscape levels. Next, we offer a complementary classification of policies based on a distinction between social preferences and bounded rationality. The paper identifies many barriers to making a sustainability transition and how to respond to them. In addition, lessons are drawn from the case of Denmark. The detailed framework and associated literature for the analysis was discussed in Milestone 31 of the WWWforEurope project (Gazheli et al., 2012).

A Druckman, TD Jackson (2009)The bare necessities: how much household carbon do we really need?, In: RESOLVE Working Paper Series 05-09
TD Jackson (2011)Confronting consumption: challenges for economics and for policy., In: J Michie, C Oughton, C Oughton (eds.), The Political Economy of the Environment: an Interdisciplinary approach.pp. 189-212 Routledge
R Costanza, G Alperovitz, HE Daly, J Farley, C Franco, T Jackson, I Kubiszewski, J Schor, P Victor (2015)Ecological economics and sustainable development: Building a sustainable and desirable economy-in-society-in-nature, In: Routledge International Handbook of Sustainable Developmentpp. 281-294
B Hayward, TD Jackson, D Evans (2009)Global Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles - Analysis of UK respondents. Report to the UNEP GSSL. Guildford: RESOLVE
TD Jackson (2013)Where is the "Wellbeing Dividend"? Nature, Structure and Consumption Inequalities., In: P Victor (eds.), The Costs of Economic Growth
T Bedford, K Burningham, G Cooper, N Green, TD Jackson (2011)Sustainable leisure: escalations, constraints and implications, In: RESOLVE Working Paper Series 12-11
Anastasia Loukianov, Kate Burningham, Tim Jackson (2019)Living the Good Life on Instagram. An exploration of lay understandings of what it means to live well., In: Journal of Consumer Ethics Ethical Consumer Research Association Ltd

While the consumerist approach to what living well can mean permeates traditional media, the extent to which it appears in people’s own depictions of the good life is unclear. As the unsustainability of the consumerist approach is increasingly evidenced, both in terms of environmental and social impacts, looking into which understandings of the good life resonate with people becomes essential. This article uses a sample of posts tagged #goodlife and variants originally collected in 2014-2015 on Instagram (a popular image sharing platform) to explore which understandings of the good life can be found on the platform. Using multimodal discourse analysis, it highlights two different user generated understandings of the good life: ‘working on future goals’ and ‘appreciating the present moment’. We argue that neither approach is directly or necessarily congruent with the traditional consumer good life. Yet their shared photographic codes with advertisements can contribute to their framing into the consumer good life. Additionally, the temporalities afforded by the platform and currently in place through social conventions may affect the type of narratives that are mediated. While the understandings derived from the analysis are not straightforward reflections of people’s beliefs about the meaning of the good life, they constitute conversations that at once inform, and are informed by, users’ beliefs about living well. The popularity of the platform makes these conversations crucial for anyone interested in desired lifestyles and their sustainability.

TD Jackson, P Victor (2013)Green Economy at a community scale Metcalf Foundation
D Evans, TD Jackson (2007)Towards a Sociology of Sustainable Lifestyles, In: RESOLVE Working Paper Series03-07 University of Surrey
TD Jackson (2014)The dilemma of growth: prosperity v economic expansion. The Guardian 'Rethinking Prosperity' Blog
TD Jackson (2008)Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyle Change., In: A Lewis (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviourpp. 335-362 Cambridge University Press

14. Sustainable. consumption. and. lifestyle. change. TIM JACKSON 14.1 Introduction Amongst the mostfirmlyhelddesiderata ofmodernliberal society isthe notion of individual freedom of choice. It seems almost sacrilegious for governments to ...

A Druckman, I Buck, B Hayward, TD Jackson (2013)Time, gender and carbon: how British adults use their leisure time, In: A Coote, J Franklin (eds.), Time on our side: why we all need a shorter working week.pp. 101-112 New Economics Foundation
A Druckman, I Buck, B Hayward, TD Jackson (2012)Carbon and time: A study of the carbon implications of British adults use of time, In: RESOLVE Working Paper SEries 01-12 University of Surrey
TD Jackson, B Hayward, D Evans (2011)UK Youth: the conflicts of contemporary lifestyles
TD Jackson (2011)Has Western Capitalism failed? World Service's Busimess Daily programme
TD Jackson (2013)Foreword, In: N Rathzel (eds.), Trade Unions in the Green Economy. Working for the Environment
A Peacock, P Banfill, S Turan, D Jenkins, M Ahadzi, G Bowles, D Kane, M Newborough, P Eames, H Singh, TD Jackson, A Berry (2007)Reducing CO2 Emissions through refurbishment of UK housing. Energy Markets and Sustainability in a Larger Europe. ECEEE.
K Abbas, I Christie, F Demassieux, B Hayward, TD Jackson, F Pierre (2013)Sustainable consumption and lifestyles? Children and youth in cities., In: World social science report 2013: Changing Global Environments
B Gatersleben, E White, W Abrahamse, TD Jackson, D Uzzell (2009)Materialism and Environmental Concern. Examining Values and Lifestyle Choices among Participants of the 21st Century Living Project, In: RESOLVE Working Paper Series 01-09
R Constanza, G Alperovitz, HE Daly, J Farley, C Franco, T Jackson, I Kubiszewski, J Schor, P Victor (2013)Vivement 2050
TD Jackson (2012)Let's be less productive New York Times
Mona Chitnis, Angela Druckman, LC Hunt, T Jackson, S Milne (2012)Forecasting UK household expenditure and associated GHG emissions: outlook to 2030
TD Jackson (2009)Recovery without Growth?, In: Renewal17(3)pp. 43-56
R Thomas Pellicer, TD Jackson (2009)Reconstructing Cultures of Sustainable Consumption: towards a deconstruction of the global polity., In: S Datta Banik, S Kumar Basu (eds.), Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century.pp. 271-343 APH Publishing Corporation
S Abdallah, A Knuutila, E Neitzert, E Lawlor, A Esteban, TD Jackson (2009)Scoping project for development Regional Index of Sustainable Economic Well-being
J Dickinson, T Jackson, M Matthews, A Cripps (2007)The economic and environmental optimisation of integrating ground source energy systems into buildings, In: ECOS 2007 - Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems1pp. 603-610

There are two main drivers for the consideration of ground source energy systems in the built environment in the UK today. Firstly, to reduce the operational costs of the provision of space heating and cooling and, secondly, to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of the building. Building occupiers and owners are becoming increasingly concerned at rising energy prices and are seeking alternatives to conventional systems to reduce the running costs of buildings. Building designers, due to European and national legislation, are also required to reduce the operational CO2 emissions from new and existing buildings. The capital costs for closed loop ground source heat pump systems are often found to be unattractive versus conventional approaches and low carbon alternatives. This paper will consider the optimisation of maximising the operational benefits whilst minimising the capital installation costs of closed loop ground source heating and cooling systems. Bivalent (dual fuel) heating and cooling systems offer a way to reduce the installation costs but also still provide considerable economic and environmental savings. A study example is presented for a newly proposed Academy (school) in the UK. The results of the study show a >40% reduction in the capital cost versus a peak sized GSHP systems whilst still providing >70% of the respective economic savings and CO2 reduction.

TD Jackson (2013)The Altruist Withinpp. 4-9
TD Jackson, P Victor, A Asjad Naqvi (2015)Towards a Stock-Flow Consistent Ecological Macroeconomics PASSAGE

Modern western economies (in the Eurozone and elsewhere) face a number of challenges over the coming decades. Achieving full employment, meeting climate change and other key environmental targets, and reducing inequality rank amongst the highest of these. The conventional route to achieving these goals has been to pursue economic growth. But this route has created two critical problems for modern economies. The first is that higher growth leads (ceteris parabis) to higher environmental impact. The second is that fragility in financial balances has accompanied relentless demand expansion. The prevailing global response to the first problem has been to encourage a decoupling of output from impacts by investing in green technologies (green growth). But this response runs the risk of exacerbating problems associated with the over-leveraging of households, firms and governments and places undue confidence in unproven and imagined technologies. An alternative approach is to reduce the pace of growth and to restructure economies around green services (post-growth). But the potential dangers of declining growth rates lie in increased inequality and in rising unemployment. Some more fundamental arguments have also been made against the feasibility of interest-bearing debt within a post-growth economy. The work described in this paper was motivated by the need to address these fundamental dilemmas and to inform the debate that has emerged in recent years about the relative merits of green growth and post-growth scenarios. In pursuit of this aim we have developed a suite of macroeconomic models based on the methodology of Post-Keynesian Stock Flow Consistent (SFC) system dynamics. Taken together these models represent the first steps in constructing a new macroeconomic synthesis capable of exploring the economic and financial dimensions of an economy confronting resource or environmental constraints. Such an ecological macroeconomics includes an account of basic macroeconomic variables such as the GDP, consumption, investment, saving, public spending, employment, and productivity. It also accounts for the performance of the economy in terms of financial balances, net lending positions, money supply, distributional equity and financial stability. This report illustrates the utility of this new approach through a number of specific analyses and scenario explorations. These include an assessment of the Piketty hypothesis (that slow growth increases inequality), an analysis of the ‘growth imperative’ hypothesis (that interest bearing debt requires economic growth for stability), and an analysis of the financial and monetary implications of green investment policies. The work also assesses the scope for fiscal policy to improve social and environmental outcomes.

T Bedford, P Collingwood, A Darnton, D Evans, B Getersleben, W Abrahamse, TD Jackson (2011)Guilt: an effective motivator for pro-environmental behaviour change?, In: RESOLVE Working Paper Series, 07-11
A Druckman, TD Jackson (2007)The local Area Resource Analysis (Lara) Model: Concepts, Methodology and Applications., In: RESOLVE Working Paper series02-07 University of Surrey
R Constanza, G Alperovitz, HE Daly, J Farley, C Franco, TD Jackson, I Kubiszewski, J Schor, P Victor (2012)Building a sustainable and desirable Economy-in-Society-in-Nature. The Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Mona Chitnis, S Sorrell, A Druckman, S Firth, TD Jackson (2014)Who rebounds most? Estimating direct and indirect rebound effects for different UK socioeconomic groups., In: SLRG Working Paper Sesries 01-2014
F Roeser, T Jackson (2002)Early experiences with emissions trading in the UK, In: Greener Management International(39)pp. 43-54

As a key element in its climate change strategy, the UK government launched a greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme in April 2002. The UK ETS is the first-ever national, industry-wide carbon trading scheme in the world and will eventually form part of the global carbon market which is expected to be established under the Kyoto Protocol. This paper assesses the effectiveness of the scheme both in facilitating emission reductions and also as driver towards moving from a fossil-fuel-based economy towards a low-carbon economy. By looking at early developments in the UK ETS and examining the emission profiles of FTSE 100 companies, the paper reveals some serious weaknesses and highlights that the environmental credibility of the market is hampered by low standards of emissions monitoring and reporting. The authors argue that a fundamental review of the UK scheme is required, to improve its environmental credibility and to bring it in line with the planned EU-wide scheme.

P Victor, R Costanza, G Alperovitz, H Daly, J Farley, C Franco, T Jackson, I Kubiszewski, J Schor (2013)Building a Sustainable and Desirable Economy-in-Society-in-Nature ANU E Press

The world has changed dramatically.

TD Jackson (2013)The trouble with productivity, In: A Coote, J Franklin (eds.), Time on our side: why we all need a shorter working weekpp. 25-? New Economics Foundation
TD Jackson (2012)Prosperite sans croissance : comment faire31 Constructif
CHRISTINE MADELINE CORLET WALKER, TIMOTHY DAVID JACKSON (2021)Tackling growth dependency—the case of adult socialcare

Our current economic system depends on growth to function effectively. Several recent reports have aimed to understand this growth dependency and have sought ways to mitigate it. In light of the long-term slowdown in the growth rate already witnessed in advanced economies and the potential threats to economic growth from climate change, biodiversity loss and social disruption, such strategies are fully consistent with economic prudence. In many ways, the UK’s adult social care sector represents a microcosm of the growth dependencies observed in the wider economy. The rising demand for adult social care associated with an ageing population creates a dependency on ever-growing production of health and social care services. Rising costs, related to the timeintensive nature of social care, demand growing revenues for care companies to stay afloat. And the use of predatory financial practices by investment firms places unmanageable ongoing financial costs on large parts of the sector. These growth dependencies can be attenuated or aggravated by physical, financial, legislative, and social factors. The privatised structure of adult social care, combined with an absence of effective financial legislation, creates the conditions that expose care companies to overleveraging, among other risks. Tackling these underlying structures—e.g. through strict financial regulations— would not only reduce the growth dependency of the adult social care sector but would also generate other co-benefits, such as reduced inequality. The processes and structures creating growth dependency in adult social care apply to other parts of the welfare state too. In this report, we therefore present a systematic approach to identifying, analysing and transforming growth dependencies in the welfare state. Using adult social care as our case study, we explore how growing demand, rising costs and rent seeking can create growth dependencies. We analyse the structures that drive and reinforce these growth dependencies and, in so doing, we identify fruitful levers for transformation and mitigation. The systematic application of this framework to all parts of the welfare state would enable us to protect the resilience of the welfare state and improve the wellbeing of UK citizens, no matter what is happening to growth.

M Pepper, T Jackson, D Uzzell (2006)Christianity and Consumerism: Views from the Pews
M Peters, S Fudge, T Jackson (2010)Low Carbon Communities Edward Elgar Publishing

This collection is a hugely valuable contribution to our understanding, and to the work of practitioners and policy makers alike.

R Geyer, T Jackson, R Clift (2002)Economic and environmental comparison between recycling and reuse of structural steel sections, In: M Sansom (eds.), STEEL IN SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION: IISI WORLD CONFERENCE 2002, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGSpp. 13-18
R Costanza, G Alperovitz, H Daly, J Farley, C Franco, T Jackson, I Kubiszewski, J Schor, P Victor (2014)What would a Sustainable and Desirable Economy-in-Society-in Nature Look like?, In: R Costanza, I Kubiszewski (eds.), Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future. Insights from 45 global thought leaders.
TD Jackson (2012)Wachstum rettet uns nicht Der Tagesspiegel

This paper explores the hypothesis that slow growth rates lead to rising inequality. This case has been made most notably by French economist Thomas Piketty. If true, this hypothesis would pose serious challenges to the project of achieving Prosperity without Growth or meeting the ambitions of those who call for an intentional slowing down of growth on ecological grounds. The paper describes a simple four-sector, demand-­driven model of Savings, Inequality and Growth in a MAcroeconomic framework (SIGMA) with exogenous growth and net savings rates. SIGMA is used to examine the evolution of inequality in the context of declining economic growth. Contrary to the general hypothesis, we find that inequality does not necessarily increase as growth slows down. In fact, there are certain conditions under which inequality can be reduced significantly, or even entirely eliminated, as growth declines. The paper discusses the implications of this finding for questions of employment, government policy and the politics of de-­growth.

TD Jackson, M Pepper (2010)Consumerism as Theodicy - an explanation of religions and secular meaning functions, In: L Thomas (eds.), Consuming Paradise

This paper provides a concise overview of how the term ‘community’ has been conceptualised in sociological literatures, noting that there remains considerable uncertainty with regard to the way in which communities could or should be defined. The paper explores concepts relevant to the progression of community-based initiatives and other approaches to pursuing community action as a force for social change (e.g. individual and collective behavioural change towards a more sustainable future). It is suggested that these attempts need to capitalise on the special nature of communities, tapping into their innovative and receptive capacity. An understanding of some of the theoretical underpinnings can be useful in providing a framework from which to develop carefully planned action strategies.

M Peters, S Fudge, T Jackson (2010)Low carbon communities: Imaginative approaches to combating climate change locally, In: Low Carbon Communities: Imaginative Approaches to Combating Climate Change Locally

'We are faced with the greatest challenge to public engagement since World War Two, and a new discourse of fear - not military invasion but climate change. At the same time most people cannot grasp the scale of the challenge nor what they are supposed to do about it. Good governance requires an informed citizenry who are much more than consumers and customers, but active participants in a new post-carbon politics. Low Carbon Communities helps to set out the political and cultural agenda for the first half of the twenty-first century and, ultimately, the imaginative approaches that are required now to address climate change.' © Anastassios Gentzoglanis and Anders Henten 2010. All rights reserved.

This paper addresses the question of whether a capitalist economy with interest-bearing money can ever sustain a ‘stationary’ (or non-growing) state, or whether, as often claimed, capitalism has an inherent ‘growth imperative’ which arises from the creation of money as interest-bearing debt. We outline the development of a dedicated system dynamics model for describing Financial Assets and Liabilities in a Stock-Flow consistent Framework (FALSTAFF) and use this model to explore the potential for stationary state outcomes in an economy with balanced trade, debt-based money, and private equity. Contrary to claims in the literature, we find that neither credit creation nor the charging of interest on debt create a ‘growth imperative’ in and of themselves. We show further that it is possible to move from a growth path towards a stationary state without either crashing the economy or dismantling the system. Our model supports critiques of austerity and underlines the value of countercyclical spending by government. Nonetheless, there remain several good reasons to support the reform of the monetary system.

TD Jackson (2008)A blatant failure of moral vision. Guardian S2 Environment
TD Jackson (2009)Beyond the Growth Economy., In: Journal of Industrial Ecology13(4)pp. 487-490
TD Jackson (2007)Plane Stupidity? What we think about giving up flying, In: Britain in 2008 Economic and Social Research Council
S Thompson, N Marks, TD Jackson (2013)Well-being and Sustainable Development, In: S David, I Boniwell, A Conley (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Happinesspp. 498-517 Oxford University Press
D Uzzell, R Muckle, T Jackson, J Ogden, J Barnett, B Gatersleben, P Hegarty, E Papathanasopoulou (2006)Choice Matters: Alternative Approaches to Encourage Sustainable Consumption and Production Report to Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
TD Jackson (2012)Vision? SOL-Kalender 2012 (Sol Zeitschrift fur Solidarität, Ökologie und Lebensstil).
TD Jackson (2011)Wir Unersattlichen44 Die Zeit
TD Jackson (2011)Die Droge WachstumI/2011pp. 18-23 KULTURAUSTAUSCH - Zeitchrift für internationale Beziehungen
A Druckman, TD Jackson (2010)Carbon Footprint of UK households
J Davis, R Geyer, R Clift, T Jackson, A Azapagic (2002)A time series material flow analysis of the UK steel sector, In: M Sansom (eds.), STEEL IN SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION: IISI WORLD CONFERENCE 2002, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGSpp. 267-272
Birgitta Gatersleben, E White, W Abrahamse, T Jackson, D Uzzell (2010)Values and sustainable lifestyles, In: S Roaf (eds.), Transforming Markets in the Built Environmentpp. 37-50 Earthscan / James & James

With ever-increasing concerns about the consequences of climate change, households are an important focus for change. There is increasing pressure on households to change lifestyles and adopt behaviours that require less energy and natural resources. At the same time, retailers and producers of consumer goods aim to persuade people to consume more through commercial advertisements. Social science research examining sustainable behaviours often fails to examine the relative influence of both environmental concern and materialism simultaneously. Moreover, most of this research focuses on explaining or promoting behaviours with pro-environmental intent, thereby ignoring many consumer behaviours that may have a significant environmental impact. This article aims to address some of these shortcomings by examining the relationships between materialistic and environmental values and different consumer behaviours. Survey data from 194 individuals from 99 households were analysed. The findings show that quite a number of people express both relatively high levels of environmental concern and relatively high levels of materialism simultaneously. Moreover, materialism and environmental concern appear to be related to different types of behaviours. This raises important questions for the promotion of sustainable lifestyles, which may need to address not only environmental concerns but also materialistic concerns.

TD Jackson (2008)The Challenge of Sustainable Lifestyles, In: W Institute, G Gardner, T Prugh (eds.), State of the World 2008. Innovations for a Sustainable Economy(4)pp. 45-60 Routledge

Dr. Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey in the ...

T Bedford, K Burningham, G Cooper, N Green, TD Jackson (2011)Low Carbon Leisure., In: Britain in 201211 Economic and Social Research Council
TD Jackson (2013)Developing an Ecological Macroeconomics Centre for International Governance Innovation
TD Jackson (2012)Prosperity without growth, In: F Hinterberger, E Freytag, E Pirgmaier, M Schuster (eds.), Growth in transitionpp. 62-65 Earthscan/Routledge
TD Jackson (2008)Motivating Sustainable Consumption, In: S Reddy (eds.), Green Consumerism - approaches and country experiences(6) Icfai University Press
TD Jackson (2007)Review of Offer A. The Challenge of Affluence., In: Social Policy and Administration: an international journal of policy and research41(7)pp. 787-789
A Druckman, TD Jackson (2009)The carbon footprint of the UK: Exploring its trends and drivers using a quasi-multi-regional input-output model. RSRC Stakeholder Seminar on Accounting for and Modelling the Pollution Content of Trade Flows, Carbon Footprints and other Indicators of Sustainable Development.
TD Jackson, J Porritt, A Lees, V Anderson (2009)A Sustainable New Deal - a fiscal package for economic social and environmental recovery. London: Sustainable Development Comission
B Hayward, TD Jackson (2011)New Graduates face a more uncertain future than ever before The Guardian, Sustainable Business Blog
R Geyer, T Jackson (2004)Supply loops and their constraints: The industrial ecology of recycling and reuse, In: CALIFORNIA MANAGEMENT REVIEW46(2)pp. 55-+ UNIV CALIF
F Pierre, Z Fadeeva, A Ogbuigwe, TD Jackson, H Mattar, L Pedrina (2011)Visions for change: recommendations for effective policies on sustainable lifestyles. United Nations Environment Programme
T Bedford, P Collingwood, A Darnton, D Evans, B Gatersleben, W Abrahamse, TD Jackson (2009)Motivations for Pro-Environmental Behaviour. A research report completed for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
TD Jackson, N McBride, S Abdallah, N Marks (2008)Measuring regional progress: regional index of sustainable economic well-being (R-ISEW) for all the English regions. London: New Economics Foundation
A Druckman, M Chitnis, S Sorrell, TD Jackson (2010)Shifting sands? Exploring rebound and the backfire in a changing economy
T Jackson (2007)Sustainable consumptionpp. 254-268

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