Professor Tim Jackson, University of Surrey
Date/Time: 8th November 2011
Tim Jackson is a leading international expert on sustainability. Since 2000 he has been Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey – the first such chair to be created in the UK. Recently his work has focused mainly on consumption and lifestyle change. In 2006 he founded the research group RESOLVE which brought economists, psychologists and sociologists together for the first time to explore the complex links between lifestyles and the environment. Prof Jackson also directs the newly-awarded Defra/ESRC Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group. During 2006-7 he appeared regularly on BBC Newsnight’s ‘Ethical Man’ programme.
Tim has written extensively about the relationship between economy and sustainability. In 2004 he was appointed as Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission where he led a five year project called Redefining Prosperity. This ground-breaking work culminated in the publication in 2009 of his controversial book Prosperity without Growth – economics for a finite planet (Earthscan).