Prof Timothy Jackson
Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). His vision for CUSP builds on thirty years of multi-disciplinary research on sustainability and decades of policy experience, in particular his work as Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission. Tim is the author of Prosperity Without Growth, recently published in a substantially revised and updated 2nd edition. He is also an award-winning playwright with numerous radio-writing credits for the BBC.
From 2013 to January 2017, Tim was ESRC Professorial Research Fellow on Prosperity and Sustainability in the Green Economy (PASSAGE). From 2010 to 2014, he was Director of the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group, a multi-institution research group funded by the UK Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, ESRC and the Scottish Government. From 2006 to 2011 he was Director of the ESRC Research group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE). From 2003 to 2005, he held a Professorial Research Fellowship on the social psychology of sustainable consumption and from 1995 to 2000 he held an EPSRC fellowship on the Thermodynamics of Clean Technologies. During five years at the Stockholm Environment Institute in the early 1990s, he pioneered the concept of preventative environmental management outlined in his 1996 book Material Concerns – pollution profit and quality of life.
Since 2010, Tim has been engaged in an ambitious collaborative project to build a new ecological macroeconomics. He and Prof Peter Victor from York University, Canada are developing the conceptual basis for an economy in which stability no longer depends on relentless consumption growth.
Tim has served in an advisory capacity for numerous Government departments, Intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, private sector companies, and delivery agencies. From 2004 to 2011, Tim was Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), where he led the Commission’s work on redefining prosperity, sat on the UK Government’s Sustainable Consumption Roundtable and contributed to the UK’s 2005 Sustainable Development Strategy. His work for the SDC culminated in the publication of his groundbreaking book Prosperity without Growth which has subsequently been translated into 17 foreign languages. A substantially revised second edition has been published recently.
Tim’s first love was playwriting and he sold his first radio play to the BBC while he was still a student. Since then he has achieved numerous radio writing credits for the Radio 4, Radio 3 and BBC World and won several prizes and awards for his work. His plays includes love stories, historical dramas, and a 30 episode environmental thriller. Through drama Tim has helped bring scientific controversies to a wider audience. He has also explored the life and work of scientists, artists, musicians and writers.
Tim has given more than 400 international keynote presentations and appears regularly in the UK and international media. Video and audio recordings from his talks and interviews may be found on Tim’s professional website.
Sustainability leader who questioned exponential economic growth expands on his vision for tomorrow’s economy
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Jackson, T and R. Webster 2016. Limits revisited: a review of the limits to growth debate. APPG on Limits to Growth, April 2016.
Jackson, T., Victor, P. and A. Asjad Naqvi 2016. Towards a Stock - Flow Consistent Ecological Macroeconomics. WWW for Europe: Work Package 205, Milestone 40 “Report on model results including additional policies to counter averse effects”. Working Paper no 114.
Jackson, T and P Victor 2016. Does slow growth lead to rising inequality? Some theoretical reflections and numerical simulations. Ecological Economics, Vol 121, pp. 206-219.
Jackson, T and P Victor 2015. Does credit create a growth imperative? A quasi-steady state economy with interest-bearing debt. Ecological Economics, Vol 120, pp. 32-48.
Armstrong, A and T Jackson 2015. The Mindful Consumer. Mindfulness training and the escape from consumerism. Friends of the Earth, Big Ideas.
Jackson T and P Victor 2015. Does slow growth lead to rising inequality? - A stock-flow consistent exploration of the 'Piketty hypothesis'.PASSAGE Working Paper 15/03. Guildford: University of Surrey.
Jackson, T, Victor, P and A Asjad Naqvi. Towards a Stock-Flow Consistent Ecological Macroeconomics. PASSAGE Working Paper 15/02. Guildford: University of Surrey.
Jackson, T and P Victor 2015. Credit creation and the 'growth imperative' - a quasi- stationary economy with debt-based money. PASSAGE Working Paper 15/01. Guildford: University of Surrey.
Jackson T 2015. If the rich world aimed for minimal growth, would it be a disaster or a blessing? The Economist, 01 August 2015.
Jackson T 2015. Growth is not the answer to inequality. The Guardian Blog, 13 March 2015.
Jackson T 2015. New Economy. In: Degrowth. A Vocabulary for a New Era. D'Alisa, F, Demaria, F and Kallis G (Eds). Routledge, Oxon. pp. 178-181.
Jackson T 2014. The dilemma of growth: prosperity v economic expansion. The Guardian 'Rethinking Prosperity' Blog, 22 September 2014.
Jackson T and P Victor 2014. Does slow growth increase inequality? - A stock-flow consistent exploration of the 'Piketty hypothesis'. PASSAGE Working Paper 14/02.
Jackson T and P Victor 2013. Green economy at a community scale. Metcalf Foundation: Toronto | November 2013.
Jackson, T 2013. The Altruist Within. In: Sofia #109, pp. 4 - 9. Dinah Livingstone (Ed). ISSN: 1749-9062 | September 2013.
Jackson, T 2013. Angst essen Seele auf - Escaping the 'iron cage' of consumerism. In: Wuppertal Spezial (Vol 48), Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.
Jackson, T 2013. The trouble with productivity. In: Coote, A & J Franklin (Ed.). Time on our side: why we all need a shorter working week. New Economics Foundation: London (p.25-31)
Jackson, T 2013. Opinion - Moving to a Green Economy. In: Nick Stevens (Ed). Britain in 2014. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Immediate Media Co. pp. 24-25.
Jackson, T and P Victor 2013. Developing an Ecological Macroeconomics. Centre for International Governance Innovation | cigionline.org, 11 September 2013.
Costanza R, Alperovitz G, Daly H, Farley J, Franco C, Jackson T, Kubiszewski I, Schor J, Victor P. 2013: Building a Sustainable and Desirable Economy -in-Society- in-Nature. ANUE Press, Caberra, Australia.
Druckman A, Buck I, Hayward B and Jackson T. 2013: Time, gender and carbon: how British adults use their leisure time. In: Coote, A & J Franklin (Ed.). Time on our side: why we all need a shorter working week. New Economics Foundation: London (pp.101 - 112).
Jackson, T 2012. Let's be less productive. In: The New York Times, 27 May 2012, p SR4
Jackson, T and P Victor 2011. Productivity and Work in the New Economy - Some Theoretical Reflections and Empirical Tests, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Vol.1, No.1, 101-108.
Jackson, T 2011. Confronting consumption: challenges for economics and for policy. In S Dietz, J Michie and C Oughton (Eds) The Political Economy of the Environment: an Interdisciplinary approach 189-212. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.
Jackson, T 2011. Societal transformations for a sustainable economy. Natural Resources Forum 35: 155-164.
Jackson, T 2009. Prosperity without Growth: economics for a finite planet. London: Routledge (Earthscan).
Jackson, T 2005. Motivating Sustainable Consumption: a review of evidence on consumer behaviour and behavioural change. London: Policy Studies Institute.
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