The Nature of Prosperity | Dr Rowan Williams, Satish Kumar and others in conversation in London on 23 May

BIG-NatureOfProsperity-NEW-with-KH-23MayEvent

An event, titled ‘The Nature of Prosperity,’ will take place in London (Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London, SW1H 9NH) on 23 May 2016 from 14:30 to 18:30.

 

Hosted by the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), this event is the first in a series of public debates on the nature of prosperity. It will bring together academia, business, policy and civil society in exploration of one of the most vital questions today: What does prosperity mean in a world of environmental and social limits?

 

The event also marks the launch of CUSP, a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

 

The event features Dr Rowan Williams (the former Archbishop of Canterbury) in conversation with long-time peace and environmental activist Satish Kumar. Other speakers include: Jane Elliott (Chief Executive of the ESRC), Karen Hamilton (Global Vice President Sustainable Business, Unilever), Tim Jackson (Director of CUSP) and Caroline Lucas (MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth).

 

CUSP, a multi-disciplinary centre led by the University of Surrey, has an overall aim of exploring the economic, ecological, social and governance dimensions of sustainable prosperity and of making concrete recommendations to government, business and civil society in pursuit of it. Its 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.

 

Notes: (1) This post is based on the news post on the CUSP website. (2) Logos in the graphic are also from CUSP and ESRC websites.

 

More…

 

Event page on the CUSP website http://www.cusp.ac.uk/news/nature-of-prosperity/

 

Enquiries: events@cusp.ac.uk

 

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

 

Dr Rowan Williams (104th Archbishop of Canterbury) | Magdalene College, University of Cambridge http://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/dr-rowan-williams/

 

Satish Kumar | Resurgence & Ecologist magazine http://www.resurgence.org/satish-kumar/ | @Resurgence_mag

 

Jane Elliott | ESRC http://www.esrc.ac.uk/about-us/governance-and-structure/esrc-council/jane-elliott-esrc-chief-executive/ | @JaneElliott66

 

Sustainable Living | Unilever https://www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/ | @Unilever

 

Connie Hedegaard | Connie Hedegaard Foundation http://krfnd.org/team/connie-hedegaard/ | @CoHedegaard

 

Professor Tim Jackson | University of Surrey http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ces/people/tim_jackson/ | @ProfTimJackson

 

Caroline Lucas MP http://www.carolinelucas.com/ | @CarolineLucas

 

 

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Researching the way for a Sustainable Prosperity | Surrey-led CUSP Centre begins journey

BIG-CUSP-launch

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.

 

Vision

 

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.

 

Work programme

 

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
Co-Investigators:

  • 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

Research Fellows:

  • Victor Anderson
  • Daniel Hausknost
  • Simon Mair
  • Roberto Pasqualino
  • Susan Venn
  • Ian Vickers
  • Jonathan Ward

PhD candidate | Joanna Kitchen

 

CUSP’s partner institutions are:

 

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.

 

 

More…

 

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

 

 

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The Nexus Conference 2015 | Scales, Levels & Spaces of the Nexus of Food, Energy, Water & the Environment | #uk_nexus

BIG-NexusConf

The 2015 Nexus Network annual conference, titled ‘Scales, Levels and Spaces of the Nexus’, will take place in London (Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, Westminster SW1P 3RB) on 19 November 2015 (10am–5.30pm).

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Nexus Network is a collaboration between the University of Sussex, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

What is the Nexus?

In the past five years, the idea of the ‘nexus’ has developed a surge of interest as a way of thinking about the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between food, water and energy security, in the wider context of environmental change. Because these different systems are inextricably linked, efforts to improve sustainability in one domain without considering wider connections often prove inadequate. This necessitates more integrated approaches that move beyond sectoral, policy and disciplinary silos.

Questions of scale are crucial in addressing the linked nexus challenges of food, energy, water and the environment. The nexus is often framed as a global security problem, but this can obscure alternative understandings of interactions and trade-offs at local, regional and national levels.

The 2015 Nexus Network Conference

Structured around a number of keynote talks and interactive discussions, the 2015 Nexus Network conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, businesses and others interested in the sustainability of food, energy, water and the environment, providing them with an opportunity to identify and strengthen connections between different projects and initiatives in this area.

The event will feature two keynote speakers: Professor Tim Jackson (lead of the ESRC-funded Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity CUSP) and Professor Tim Benton (Champion for the UK Global Food Security programme).

The day’s programme is as follows:

09.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 Plenary 1: Introduction:
• Chair: Prof James Wilsdon (Director, The Nexus Network/ University of Sussex)
• Panel: Prof Alice Bows-Larkin (University of Manchester), Andy Gibbs (ESRC), Prof Ian Bateman (University of Exeter) and Prof Lyla Mehta (Institute of Development Studies)
10.50 Keynote: Flourishing within Limits – towards a social science for sustainable prosperity.
Prof Tim Jackson (Lead of the ESRC Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity/ University of Surrey)
11.30 Refreshment break
12.00 Nexus Network knowledge sessions (parallel sessions):
• A1. Nexus Interactions at the household level.
• A2. Nexus shocks: informing decision making in response to shocks.
• A3. Levels of decision-making and their mismatches.
• A4. International development and innovation.
• A5. Nexus struggles: agricultural scales, policy spaces and nexus interactions.
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Nexus Network workshop sessions (parallel sessions):
• B1. Focal scales, knowing spaces and methods of the nexus.
• B2. The funding landscape for nexus research.
• B3. Policy engagement on the nexus.
• B4. Nexus politics at different focal scales (technologies, discourses, policies).
• B5. Building a career in interdisciplinarity.
15.00 Plenary 2. Nexus2020 – selecting the most important questions for business.
Dr Bhaskar Vira (CISL/ Cambridge University)
15.45 Refreshment break
16.15 Plenary 3. Systems approaches to managing the nexus: can we really do it?
Keynote: Prof. Tim Benton (UK Champion for Global Food Security/ University of Leeds)
17.00 Closing remarks
17.15 Drinks reception and close

The Nexus Network

The Nexus Network is an ESRC funded, three-year initiative to foster debate, innovative research and practical collaborations across the linked ‘nexus’ domains of food, energy, water and the environment. It brings together researchers, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to develop collaborative projects and improve decision making in these areas.

The Network’s aims are to:
• Encourage debate, fund innovative research and improve decision making across the linked ‘nexus challenges’.
• Support interdisciplinary, cross-sector collaborations
• Enable researchers and stakeholders to develop and share new methodologies, data, conceptual frameworks, skills and practices directed towards nexus challenges.

To achieve these aims, the network funds research; provides opportunities for dialogue and debate; develops a suite of methods, tools and briefing papers; and acts as a UK hub for nexus-related news and discussion.

The Nexus Network consists of four partner organisations:
• Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU)
• Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS)
• Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE)
• Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex is an interdisciplinary research centre in science and technology policy and management. Its research addresses pressing global policy agendas, including inclusive economic growth, energy policy and pathways to a more sustainable future.

Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre, based at the Institute of Development Studies and SPRU, is an interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement centre uniting development studies with science and technology studies. Its cross-cutting work covers agriculture & food; energy & climate change; health & disease and water & sanitation.

Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), based at the University of East Anglia (UEA), is a leading interdisciplinary research centre in the field of sustainable development and decision making. It consists of a number of collaborating disciplines including economics, political science, social and group sciences and the natural sciences.

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is an institution within the University of Cambridge with a mission to empower individuals and organisations to take leadership to tackle critical global challenges. Bringing together business, government and academia, it challenges, informs and supports leaders from business and policy to deliver change towards sustainability.

In the UK, the ESRC is spearheading efforts to support interdisciplinary research and cross-sector collaborations designed to tackle nexus challenges. Further investments are planned over the next three years in order to realise its vision for the Nexus Network, i.e. building a community of researchers and stakeholders that is better placed to tackle nexus interdependencies, trade-offs and decision-making processes.

Note: Logos in the graphic are from respective websites.

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News post on the event on the Nexus Network website http://www.thenexusnetwork.org/events/scales-levels-and-spaces-of-the-nexus-conference-19-nov-2015-in-london/

News post on the ESRC website http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-events-and-publications/events/the-nexus-network-annual-conference-scales-levels-and-spaces-of-the-nexus/

The Nexus Network http://thenexusnetwork.org | @uk_nexus

Profiles of keynote speakers:
• Professor Tim Jackson (University of Surrey) http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ces/people/tim_jackson/ | @ProfTimJackson
• Professor Tim Benton (University of Leeds) http://www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/staff/profile.php?tag=Benton_T | @timgbenton

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ | @esrc

Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/ | @SPRU

Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS), University of Sussex
http://steps-centre.org/ | @stepscentre

The Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) http://www.cserge.ac.uk/

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership http://www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/ | @cisl_cambridge

Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) http://www.cusp.ac.uk/ | @CUSP_uk

Global Food Security programme http://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/ | @FoodSecurityUK

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Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson

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Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, said Professor Tim Jackson at the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG) dissemination conference on ‘Sustainable Living: myths, meanings and realities’ held in London on 3 June 2014.

 

Building on over a decade of research, the conference synthesised the lessons from the group’s work on developing new understandings of the processes which lead to changes in people’s lifestyles, behaviours and practices and offered evidence-based advice to policy-makers hoping to build and nurture more sustainable ways of living.

 

The event kicked off with a welcome by Professor Tim Jackson (Director, SLRG).

 

In her introduction, Zoe Donkin from Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) identified the SLRG as an excellent model of government working in partnership with the academia.

 

The day was structured into four sessions under the following themes:

  • Exploring transition
  • The role of community
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Synthesis

 

Exploring transition

 

Professor Bas Verplanken (Professor of Social Psychology, University of Bath) spoke on Habits, Attitudes and Behaviours in Transition (HABiT) project. Life course transitions such as moving to a new home could provide a window of opportunity for effective interventions for sustainable behaviour change. When this study delivered an intervention to a group of participants who had recently moved house, there was a small but statistically significant increase in self-reported sustainable behaviour with the window of opportunity lasting three months after moving house. Because of the small effect size, blank roll-outs are not recommended but locations in which many people going through life course transitions (e.g. newly built residential areas) tend to offer opportunities for such interventions.

 

Dr Kate Burningham (Senior Lecturer in Sociology of the Environment, University of Surrey) spoke on Exploring Lifestyle Changes in Transition (ELiCiT) project. This study explored the effect of two household transitions – having a first child and retirement – on sustainable consumption. It found that life course transitions are a fluid process of continuing shifts and readjustments within which everyday practices undergo change in multiple ways. Interventions for sustainable living should account for the multiplicity and nature of household transitions and the significance of family relationships and concerns in informing what people do. The participants’ understandings of what constitutes a sustainable lifestyle were varied and not necessarily perceived as being related to environmental sustainability. Potential points of intervention include already existing information and support sources (e.g. parental support groups) and their own social networks and hubs.

 

The role of community

 

This session comprised four presentations, the first three being:

  • Sustainable living in remote rural Scotland | Emily Creamer (University of Edinburgh)
  • Civil society roles in transition | Rachel Durrant (University of Sussex)
  • Resilience in sustainable food strategies | Dr Rebecca White (University of Sussex)

 

Professor Andy Stirling (Professor of Science and Technology Policy, University of Sussex) spoke on ‘Control and transformation in sustainable lifestyles’. Referring to the findings of the second (‘transition’) and third (‘resilience’) projects above, he focused on some general implications for thinking about policy making for transformative change in infrastructures and practices in order to achieve demanding sustainability goals in the food sector. A cross-cutting outcome of these projects is the elaboration of a new framework for thinking (and acting) to enable transformation towards sustainability. He presented a framework that summarises the relationships between four ‘necessary but insufficient’ properties of sustainability, as functions of different permutations of shock and stress, control and response.

 

Challenges and opportunities

 

Invited guest speaker Dr Helga Dittmar (Reader in Psychology, University of Sussex) spoke on ‘The limits of materialism: impacts on wellbeing and the environment’, focusing on the link between materialistic value orientation (MVO) and wellbeing. MVO is the endorsement of values, goals and beliefs that centre on collecting money and possessions to convey status and image. There exists strong research evidence that people with stronger MVO experience lower wellbeing and show less environmentally friendly attitudes and behaviours and the same is true for children. Research also shows that materialism undermines children’s learning and school performance.

 

Ian Christie (Research Coordinator, SLRG) spoke on ‘Policy dialogues in sustainable living’. In the context of growing interest among policy communities in policy evaluation and in the relationship between research-based evidence and the policy development process, this project has explored issues concerning the relationship between research and policy development, adopting a methodology based on in-depth interviews with expert informants. Reinforcing the message from the literature on research-policy interactions, the study found that there are no ‘golden threads’ from evidence to readily identifiable policy impacts within a clear cycle of policy development. Rather, the focus should be on the fields of influence for research and the importance of multiple contexts and uses of evidence. These factors need to be reflected in new approaches to research-policy dialogue and relationships.

 

Dr Steve Sorrell (University of Sussex) spoke on ‘The rebound effect: measurement and response’.

 

Synthesis

 

Professor Tim Jackson, speaking on ‘Sustainable living: myths, meanings and realities’, synthesised the day’s presentations.

 

Led by Professor Jackson, a panel discussion on ‘Foundations for sustainable living’ followed with a panel comprising Dr Helga Dittmar, Mike Barry (Marks & Spencer), Lee Davies (Defra) and Graham Smith (University of Westminster).

 

In closing remarks, Jonathan Tillson (Defra) focused on the strategic relationship between policymakers and researchers, highlighting the key benefits of the Research Group approach, namely linking research to policy thinking, strategic investment and impact generation.

 

The SLRG

 

The Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG) aims to develop understandings of the processes which lead to changes in people’s lifestyles, behaviours and practices and also to offer evidence-based advice to policy-makers about realistic strategies to encourage more sustainable lifestyles. Moreover, it strives for building capacity for research in sustainable lifestyles amongst academics, young researchers, practitioners, and user communities.

 

The group’s research portfolio comprises around a dozen projects within four main research clusters:

  • Community | Sustainable Living in Remote Rural Scotland, Resilience and Sustainable Lifestyles, Civil society in sustainability transitions of food systems
  • Economy | Mapping rebound effects from sustainable behaviours, Price Responsiveness of Demand
  • Change processes | The HABIT project, Exploring Lifestyle Change in Transition (ELiCiT), Children and the Environment
  • Synthesis | Directions of Policy Dialogue, Foundations for Sustainable Living

 

The SLRG research programme is coordinated from the University of Surrey (Centre for Environmental Strategy) under the direction of Professor Tim Jackson with Ian Christie as the Research Coordinator. Its partners include the University of Bath, Edinburgh University, the University of Sussex, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Brunel University and it also works closely with non-academic partners including Peterborough City Council, the RSA and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

 

The group receives core funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Scottish Government and additional funding for individual projects from the European Commission and the ESRC.

 

Notes:

  • Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena
  • This write up is extensively based on the conference booklet and the presentations

 

 

More….

 

Event page http://www.sustainablelifestyles.ac.uk/events/SLRG-dissemniation-event-2014

 

Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG)http://www.sustainablelifestyles.ac.uk/

 

Centre for Environmental Strategy http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ces/ | @CES_Surrey

 

PASSAGE | Prosperity and Sustainability in the Green Economy http://www.prosperitas.org.uk/ | @ProfTimJackson

 

 

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs

The Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN) http://sd-research.org.uk/ | @PSI_SDRN

 

 

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Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG) Workshop | Sustainable Living: myths, meanings and realities

SML-SLRG_WS_imageThe Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG) will host a workshop on ‘Sustainable Living: myths, meanings and realities’ in London on 3 June 2014.

 

Building on over a decade of research, the event aims to synthesise the lessons from the group’s work on developing new understandings of the processes which lead to changes in people’s lifestyles, behaviours and practices. It also intends to offer evidence-based advice to policy-makers hoping to build and nurture more sustainable ways of living.

 

This stimulating and challenging one-day event is structured under four themes:

  • Exploring transition
  • Community and resilience
  • Barriers to change
  • Synthesis

 

The speakers include:

  • Dr Kate Burningham | Senior Lecturer in Sociology of the Environment, University of Surrey
  • Ian Christie | Research Coordinator, SLRG
  • Dr Helga Dittmar (invited guest speaker) | Reader in Psychology, University of Sussex
  • Professor Tim Jackson | Director, SLRG and author of Prosperity without Growth: economics for a finite planet
  • Professor Andy Stirling | Professor of Science and Technology Policy, University of Sussex
  • Professor Bas Verplanken | Professor of Social Psychology, University of Bath

 

Featuring plenary presentations from the SLRG team and panel discussions with invited experts, the day will offer participants the opportunity of gaining an in-depth understanding of key findings of SLRG research and a lively debate about the challenges ahead.

 

The SLRG aims to develop understandings of the processes which lead to changes in people’s lifestyles, behaviours and practices and also to offer evidence-based advice to policy-makers about realistic strategies to encourage more sustainable lifestyles. Moreover, it strives for building capacity for research in sustainable lifestyles amongst academics, young researchers, practitioners, and user communities.

 

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  • Synthesis | Directions of Policy Dialogue, Foundations for Sustainable Living

 

The SLRG research programme is coordinated from the University of Surrey (Centre for Environmental Strategy) under the direction of Professor Tim Jackson with Ian Christie as the Research Coordinator. Its partners include the University of Bath, Edinburgh University, the University of Sussex, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Brunel University and it also works closely with non-academic partners including Peterborough City Council, the RSA and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

 

The group receives core funding from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Scottish Government and additional funding for individual projects from the European Commission and the ESRC.

 

Image adapted from the website of the SLRG

 

 

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Its satellite websites:  News & Info www.sunewsinfo.wordpress.com | Research www.suresearch1.wordpress.com | Good Practice www.sugoodpractice.wordpress.com | Quotes www.suquotesfacts.wordpress.com | Blog www.su-notes.blogspot.co.uk | Reflective Diary www.esddiary.wordpress.com | Twitter www.twitter.com/sustainableuni1

 

Project PROPOSAL for universities | Sustainability as an enhancer of reputation and financial position | The Planetshire University (PU) model https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/proposal/

 

LinkedIn GROUP | Sustainability, Education and Engagement | ESD at Planetshire University http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Sustainability-Education-Engagement-ESD-Planetshire-8102240

 

LinkedIn POSTS | Posts on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) & Sustainability in Higher Education  http://www.linkedin.com/today/author/101066234-Asitha-Jayawardena

 

Profile & Portfolio | Asitha Jayawardena | Strengths, Accomplishments & Recognition http://issuu.com/aij3/docs/profile-asitha

 

Online Shelf | Examples of past work (PDFs, booklets, press articles, logos, etc) http://issuu.com/aij3