Tim Jackson


Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the newly-awarded Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP).

Tim Jackson

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, CUSP aims to explore the moral, cultural, social, political and economic dimensions of prosperity on a finite planet. Between 2004 and 2011 Tim was Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission, where his work culminated in the publication of Prosperity without Growth, which received widespread acclaim and was subsequently translated into 17 languages. In 2016 he was awarded the Hillary Laureate for exceptional international leadership. In addition to his academic work, Tim is an award-winning dramatist with numerous radio writing credits for the BBC.

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What can prosperity mean in a world of environmental and social limits? Do good lives have to cost the earth? Or could we possibly live better and consume less? This is the provocative question at the heart of Tim Jackson’s controversial book Prosperity without Growth. In this talk, Tim presents his personal vision for social (and ecological) progress in a post-crisis world.