Seminar & book launch at LSBU | USA & SDGs | BOOK: The Politics of Climate Change under President Obama


A double event of a seminar and a book launch on Politics, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on the USA will take place at K2 building, Room V202, London South Bank University (LSBU) on Thursday 8 February 2018.


The seminar (3.30-4.30pm), titled ‘The USA and the Sustainable Development Goals – Challenges and Opportunities’, will be conducted by Dr Hugh Atkinson, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy at LSBU. He is also a tutor on the Education for Sustainability (EfS) programme at LSBU, a management group member of the London RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise) on ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) and an associate of LSBU’s Sustainability Research Group.


The book launch (5.00-7.00pm) will unveil Dr Atkinson’s latest book, The Politics of Climate Change under President Obama. Professor Patrick Bailey (Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chair of the Sustainability Steering Group LSBU) will deliver the welcome speech. The author’s introduction to the book will then follow. The event will close with a networking session with refreshments, wine and nibbles.


This book, published by Routledge, places the evolution of US policy within broader debates on the politics of climate change in the USA. It argues that there still exists a latent potential for America to act as a world leader on this issue.


The seminar and the book launch are open to public. If interested in attending one event or both, please email to for registration.




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Westminster & FDSD to host Peter Davies speech on Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act


Peter Davies, Welsh Commissioner for Sustainable Futures, will be speaking on the innovative 2015 Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act at the University of Westminster (Boardroom
309 Regents Street, W1B 2HW London) on 29 June 2015 (5.30-7.30pm).

He will highlight how this Act, passed earlier this year, can inspire action and change not only in Wales but also in the rest of the UK and beyond.

Hosted by the University of Westminster’s Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) and the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development (FDSD), this event is part of the relaunch of FDSD and its new website resource

For further enquiries, please contact Linda Gessner

Graphic adapted from the FDSD website


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Surrey to host £6m int’l research centre | Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)


The University of Surrey has received a £6m research grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to establish a multi-disciplinary international research centre, called ‘The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity’ (CUSP). Among this Centre’s other academic partners are five UK universities (Anglia Ruskin, Keele, Goldsmiths College London, Leeds and Middlesex) and two universities from Canada (York) and New Zealand (Canterbury).

Led by Professor Tim Jackson and working in collaboration with a variety of academic and non-academic partners, CUSP will launch a five-year multidisciplinary research programme in January 2016.

Vision, aim and the programme

CUSP will aim to explore the complex relationship between prosperity (our aspirations for the good life) and sustainability (the social and environmental constraints of a finite planet). As Professor Jackson puts it, “Our guiding vision for sustainable prosperity is one in which people everywhere have the capability to flourish as human beings – within the ‘safe operating space’ of a finite planet. CUSP’s work will be to elaborate that vision, test its viability and explore its social and economic implications.”

Thus, CUSP will explore not just the economic aspects of sustainable prosperity, but also its social, political and philosophical dimensions. It will address the implications of sustainable prosperity at the level of households and firms and will explore sector-level and macro-economic implications of different pathways to prosperity. It will pay particular attention to the pragmatic steps that enterprise, government and civil society should take in order to achieve a sustainable prosperity.


The CUSP work programme comprises five themes (‘MAPSS’ framework):
• Theme M explores the moral framing and contested meanings of prosperity itself.
• Theme A explores the role of the arts and of culture in our society
• Theme P addresses the politics of sustainable prosperity and explores the institutional shifts that will be needed to achieve it.
• Theme S1 explores the social and psychological dimensions of prosperity.
• Theme S2 examines the complex dynamics of social and economic systems on which sustainable prosperity depends.


Spanning numerous academic disciplines, the Centre will take the form of an international network, drawing together expert partners from academic and non-academic institutions as co-producers of the work programme.

The academic partners include:
University of Surrey (Prof Tim Jackson, Dr Kate Burningham, Ian Christie, Dr Angela Druckman, Dr Birgitta Gatersleben)
Anglia Ruskin University (Dr Aled Jones)
Keele University (Prof Andy Dobson)
Goldsmiths College London (Dr Will Davies)
University of Leeds (Prof Kate Oakley)
Middlesex University (Prof Fergus Lyon)
Canada: York University (Prof Peter Victor)
New Zealand: University of Canterbury (Prof Bronwyn Hayward)

Among CUSP’s non-academic partners are the Aldersgate Group and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The Aldersgate Group, an alliance of leaders from business, politics and society that drives action for a sustainable economy, will formally be co-investigators on the project, establishing a vital link to industry and policy. As part of Theme S1, CUSP will engage with UNEP in a major study of young people’s lifestyles across the world. Other partnerships include a wide range of business and cultural organisations.

This collaboration will be widened further through an international network of CUSP Fellows hailing from a variety of academic and non-academic institutions.


As part of its exploration of practical actions and proposition of supportive policies, CUSP will engage with business, government and civil society.

In order to engage a wide-range of stakeholders in debate and foster practical innovations in pursuit of sustainable prosperity, the Centre will develop an international Sustainable Prosperity Dialogue, to be chaired by Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury and Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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BOOK LAUNCH: Local democracy, civic engagement and community: From New Labour to the Big Society

SML BookCoverLocal democracy, civic engagement and community: From New Labour to the Big Society, the latest book by Dr Hugh Atkinson (Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy, Department of Social Sciences, London South Bank University) will be launched at the University Staff Lounge at 5 pm on 25 April 2013.

Focusing on local democratic politics in Britain over the last decade and a half from the New Labour government to the current coalition government, the book argues that local democracy is a vibrant terrain of innovation, civic engagement and participation and dynamic community activity.

Dr Atkinson is a member of the steering group of the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

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