January 2016 saw two great walks by three Tim’s. The first is the well-known space walk by two astronauts Tim Peake and Tim Kopra, which lasted for several hours. The second walk, more down-to-earth though not so well-known, was launched by a group led by Professor Tim Jackson and will last for a couple of years.
The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), a multi-disciplinary centre led by The University of Surrey and funded by The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), launched in January 2016 its journey of researching the way for a sustainable prosperity. Its overall aim is to explore the economic, ecological, social and governance dimensions of sustainable prosperity and to make concrete recommendations to government, business and civil society in pursuit of it.
CUSP’s guiding vision for sustainable prosperity is one in which people everywhere have the capability to flourish as human beings – within the ecological and resource constraints of a finite planet. Its work will explore not just the economic aspects of this challenge, but also its social, political and philosophical dimensions, paying particular attention to the pragmatic steps that need to be taken by enterprise, government and civil society in order to achieve a sustainable prosperity.
The CUSP work programme is organised around five core themes, MAPSS:
- Meaning and moral framings of the good life;
- the role of the Arts and culture in developing visions of prosperity;
- Political and organisational dimensions of sustainable prosperity;
- Social and psychological understandings of the good life;
- Systems analysis to explore narratives of sustainable prosperity.
The MAPSS themes are drawn together through three cross-cutting projects:
- A unique cross-theme case study to develop An Economy That Works.
- A collaboration on sustainable finance with a coalition of thought leaders including the Aldersgate Group.
- A new Sustainable Prosperity Dialogue: a public engagement process which reaches out to a wide, international participation from research, policy, business and civil society.
Partners and the team
The CUSP takes the form of a rich international network, drawing together expert partners from academic and non-academic institutions as co-producers of the work programme. Its research programme is coordinated from the University of Surrey under the direction of Professor Tim Jackson.
CUSP’s academic partners include: University of Surrey, Anglia Ruskin University, Keele University, Goldsmiths College London, University of Leeds, Middlesex University, York University (Canada), University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). It has also established a vital link to industry and policy by including the Aldersgate Group and the World Future Council. The former is an alliance of leaders from business, politics and society that drives action for a sustainable economy; the latter is an NGO working closely with business leaders to envision An Economy That Works.
CUSP team comprises:
Director | Tim Jackson
Deputy Director | Fergus Lyon
Centre Manager | Julie-Anne Hogbin
Knowledge Exchange Coordinator | Ian Christie
Communications Manager | Linda Geßner
PA to Director | Gemma Birkett
- Marit Böker
- Kate Burningham
- Philip Catney
- Will Davies
- Brian Doherty
- Angela Druckman
- Birgitta Gatersleben
- Bronwyn Hayward
- Aled Jones
- Nick Molho
- Kate Oakley
- Charles Seaford
- Peter Victor
- Victor Anderson
- Daniel Hausknost
- Simon Mair
- Roberto Pasqualino
- Susan Venn
- Ian Vickers
- Jonathan Ward
PhD candidate | Joanna Kitchen
CUSP’s partner institutions are:
- Goldsmiths, University of London | Political Economy Research Centre http://www.perc.org.uk/
- University of Leeds | School of Media and Communication http://media.leeds.ac.uk/
- Middlesex University | Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) http://www.mdx.ac.uk/our-research/centres/ceedr
- University of Keele | Politics, International Relations, and Philosophy https://www.keele.ac.uk/spire/
- University of Surrey | Department of Sociology http://www.surrey.ac.uk/sociology/
- University of Surrey | School of Psychology http://www.surrey.ac.uk/psychology/
- University of Canterbury (New Zealand) | College of Arts http://www.arts.canterbury.ac.nz/
- University of Surrey | Centre for Environmental Strategy http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ces/
- Anglia Ruskin University | Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) http://www.anglia.ac.uk/global-sustainability-institute-gsi
- York University (Canada) | Faculty of Environmental Studies http://fes.yorku.ca/
- Aldersgate Group http://www.aldersgategroup.org.uk/
- World Future Council | An Economy that Works http://aneconomythatworks.org/
The centre will widen this collaboration still further through an international network of CUSP Fellows hailing from a variety of academic and non-academic institutions.
Note: This post is based on the content of the CUSP website. Logos in the graphic are also from the CUSP website.
Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) http://www.cusp.ac.uk/ | @CUSP_uk
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ | @esrc
Professor Tim Jackson (University of Surrey) http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ces/people/tim_jackson/ | @ProfTimJackson
#AlienLETTER series | Sustainability education through storytelling-driven letter writing
#AlienLETTER 1 | Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-galactic-award-un-jayawardena
#AlienLETTER 2 | Earth could learn from Milky Way’s Galactic Convention on Successful Life https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/earth-could-learn-from-milky-ways-galactic-convention-jayawardena
#AlienLETTER 3 | Mother Nature is in charge but humanity can take control of her https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mother-nature-charge-humanity-can-take-control-her-3-jayawardena
From The Sustainable University Library
Surrey-coordinated SLRG | Nurturing sustainable living through research https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/surrey-coordinated-slrg-nurturing-sustainable-living-through-research/
A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-cafe-who-depends-on-whom/
Can’t fit 7 billion into a six-bed (space) hotel? But we live as if we could….! https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/cant-fit-7-billion-into-a-six-bed-space-hotel-but-we-live-as-if-we-could/
Three BIG business leaders, one BIG concern | Can they all be wrong? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/three-big-business-leaders-one-big-concern-can-they-all-be-wrong/
Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson/
Sustainability-oriented quotes and sayings | Twenty gems from Native Americans to Einstein https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-quotes-and-sayings-twenty-gems-from-native-americans-to-einstein/
Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions/
‘A cylinder of oxygen, please!’ | Why we should be worrying about natural resources https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/a-cylinder-of-oxygen-please-why-we-should-be-worrying-about-natural-resources/
From The Sustainable University News website
Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/
Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/
UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/
UCL Conference: Denaturalising nature, just sustainabilities and an ‘Environment Domain’ https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/ucl-conference-denaturalising-nature-just-sustainabilities-and-an-environment-domain/
The Sustainable University (SU) One-stop Shop | http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/
SU Library https://librarysu.wordpress.com
LinkedIn Group | SUSTAINABILITY | Education, Research & Engagement https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8102240/profile
Twitter | https://twitter.com/sustainableuni1 | #AlienLETTER | #GreenSTARS | #SUnews | #LibrarySU | #SUquotes
Asitha on LinkedIn | http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj/