A decade of Sustainable SYSTEMS | The Schumacher Institute holds a celebratory conference in Bristol

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The Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems held its tenth anniversary celebratory conference in Bristol on 24 May 2018.

 

Titled ‘From Systemic Collapse to Civilizational Transformation’, the event comprised a keynote and three other talks, two thematic discussion sessions in groups and an overview on the Institute’s work and achievements, along with the launch of its SYSTEM CHANGE journal and its reader-attraction mechanism, Café SYSTEM CHANGE magazine.

 

Welcome & Introduction

 

In his welcome, Ian Roderick (Director, The Schumacher Institute), highlighted the Institute’s endeavour to seek a transformation through a systemic approach in response to the sustainability crises that society is facing.

 

Providing an introduction to the event, Dr Jenneth Parker (Research Director, The Schumacher Institute), outlined that, although the Institute intended to showcase a decade of its work at this event they would like to hear from the participants.

 

Keynote

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Dr Nafeez Ahmed, award-winning investigative journalist, bestselling author, transdisciplinary academic, documentary film-maker, science fiction novelist and musician, delivered the keynote, Breakthrough change at the crisis threshold: Toward an adaptive response in the shift to our inevitable post-carbon, post materialist future.

 

He warned that there exists escalating rupture between human civilisation and biophysical environment and one of the key reasons is the fact that humanity’s rate of consumption is overshooting the rates of renewal of nature.

 

He observed that the present system is dying and will be dead by the end of the century, warning that civilisation may collapse and may require millennia for recovery. He also drew attention to the fact that new system will present humanity with many opportunities and our task is to plant seeds now to build a better world after the demise of the current system.

 

Dr Ahmed’s comprehensive keynote was based on his 2017 book, Failing States, Collapsing Systems – Bio-Physical Triggers of Political Violence. He is also the author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation – And How to Save It (2010).

 

Three sessions: Human, technological and socio-ecological systems

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The event featured three sessions on systems, each with a talk:

  • The Human System
  • The Technological System
  • The Socio-ecological System

 

The Human System

 

Dr Lucy Ford (Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Oxford Brookes University) spoke on How might eco-psychology help in the transition to a sustainable future?

 

She reminded the audience that Earth is our only home and we are deeply connected to and dependent on Earth, adding that our physical and emotional health fundamentally depends on the living integrity of Earth.

 

She stated that, as eco-psychology puts it, there is a connection between healing ourselves and healing Earth and urged, as Schumacher has said, “Let’s put our inner house in order”. She also drew from Buddhist philosophy, stating that many things that Sigmund Freud told had been stated by the Buddha – some 2500 years ago.

 

She also outlined that humanity’s third revolution in the making – i.e. Sustainability revolution/ Great Turning (the first two are the Agricultural revolution and the Industrial revolution) – and also the accompanying transition from Industrial Growth Society to Life Sustaining Society.

 

The Technological System

 

Hilary Sutcliffe (Director of SocietyInside) spoke on Can technology work better for people and planet?

 

She observed that, as new technologies, such as gene editing, robotics, nanotech and artificial intelligence (AI) will transform our world, we should involve people to think through the ethical issues to make them work better for us all.

 

Because technology is created by humans, she said, that what is most influential is the ‘backstory’ – genetic inheritance, lived experience, beliefs, tribes, what’s right/wrong – which in fact is not at the back but at the front of everything we do.

 

Moreover, she said that, in the context of technology, responsible innovation and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), emerging is a changing role for civil society and also of the view that SDGs are much more than a glimmer of hope and tech companies have a positive attitude towards them.

 

The Socio-ecological System

 

Dr Susan Canney (Research Associate, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford and Director, Mali Elephant Project) spoke on How can humans and nature live together?

 

Her talk drew from the Mali Elephant Project, an innovative approach to elephant conservation through engagement with the wider social-ecological system rather than turning to conventional conservation.

 

She observed that a good thing about systems thinking is that it provides multiple ways of solving a problem.

 

Highlighting the fact that whole human life is based on the health of nature, she quoted a villager in Mali: “If elephants disappear, it means the environment is no longer good for us.” She also believed that both humanity and nature should benefit from each other.

 

She summed-up her systemic approach as follows:

  • Identify the vision.
  • Seek to understand your system; context is key.
  • Identify assets (e.g. people, features of the environment, institutions, laws) and join them up – adaptive solution.
  • Continually sense the state of the system.
  • Review, adapt, experiment when something isn’t working well or when the context changes.

 

Two thematic discussion sessions in groups

 

The conference offered the participants to engage in discussion through two thematic group discussion sessions in parallel, titled around the four themes of the Schumacher Institute:

  • Thematic Session 1: Making Sense and Inclusive Sustainability
  • Thematic Session 2: Living Futures and Prepare for Change

 

Ian Roderick, Dr Jenneth Parker and Martin Sandbrook introduced the themes and facilitated the groups along with other colleagues from the Institute, including Michael Clinton and Richard Hellen.

 

Making Sense

 

Systems sciences are essential to make sense of our interconnected world and to inform effective strategies and plans. The Institute promotes systems thinking, and associated tools and methods, through its learning programmes, seminars, conferences and communications. Its initiatives include the Systems Learning project, Systems Forum workshops, and the open access online journal SYSTEM CHANGE.

 

Inclusive Sustainability

 

The Institute wants to champion inclusivity and diversity, recognising that all people matter. This theme is about developing understandings of people’s needs and how they can be met through the design of the built environment, infrastructure, institutions and economy – all with the concept of working with a human scale. The theme is cross cutting with implications for all the institute’s activities and represents an important ethical position.

 

Living Futures

 

This theme is about making change happen towards sustainable and resilient futures, including the idea of convergence, i.e. living equitably within planetary limits. The Institute applies systems ideas to identify opportunities for change and its work on new economics, valuing living processes, earth system governance, convergence and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) sits within this theme.

 

Prepare for Change

 

This theme is about identifying and preparing for future threats and opportunities and involves horizon scanning – the collection of opinions, assessments, forecasts and predictions about the challenges ahead. The Institute runs foresight workshops to think through the systemic consequences and responses to major change. It is about resilience, ways of coping, adapting or transforming in response to major stresses and shocks.

 

 

The Schumacher Institute: Ten years

 

Ian Roderick began his ten year overview of the Institute with E.F. Schumacher (1911–1977), who proposed a form of economics as if nature and people mattered, along with human-scale, decentralised and appropriate technologies.

 

He said that Schumacher was a critic of: Economic growth as a measure of progress; conventional aid for development as disempowering; chemical-driven green revolution; nuclear energy; and scientific reductionism, and that it was his seminal book Small is Beautiful (1973) that made his ideas popular worldwide.

 

He also stated that during the four decades since Schumacher’s death, the Institute has gradually built on and expanded his vision, observing that Schumacher himself would have changed his position by now on certain matters.

 

Finally he presented a root definition for the Institute: A system owned by the ‘public’ where fellows and others change the perceptions, decisions and actions of people towards greater social and environmental justice because the world is facing multiple crises but there is great resistance to altering ‘business as usual.’

 

Launch of SYSTEM CHANGE journal and its magazine

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The conference saw the launch of the Institute’s online open access journal SYSTEM CHANGE (https://systemchange.online/):

 

Also launched was the accompanying research magazine, Café SYSTEM CHANGE, which parallels the journal articles in simple and engaging language, aiming to attract more readers to the journal.

 

Café SYSTEM CHANGE (Issue No 1 for Journal Issue No 1): http://www.schumacherinstitute.org.uk/download/pubs/cafe/CafeSCmag-01-180522-NEW.pdf

 

The Schumacher Institute

 

The Schumacher Institute, a Bristol-based independent think tank for environmental, social and economic issues, studies the sustainability of complex systems – in the long term and in harmony with natural processes. It invites policymakers, practitioners and communities to join its endeavour of working towards a world of reducing inequality that provides for everyone within the limits of the planet.

 

The Institute builds on the ideas of E. F. Schumacher, particularly appropriate technology at the right scale, local actions, peace and non-violent approaches, simplicity and the sense that all people matter.

 

E.F. Schumacher

 

An internationally influential thinker with a systems perspective of the world, E.F Schumacher developed a series of connected ideas in energy, work, technology, development, organisation and ownership, education, traditional wisdom and spirituality. His seminal book, Small is Beautiful, was published in 1973.

 

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E.F. Schumacher’s 40th anniversary Conference | All SYSTEMS Go: SUSTAINABILITY in the 21st Century

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The Schumacher Institute will hold a one-day conference, titled ‘All Systems Go: Sustainability in the 21st Century’, in Bristol (Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW) on 6 September 2017 (10am–5pm).

 

This commemorative event of the 40th anniversary of E.F. Schumacher will take a positive look at what is happening in the sustainability and social justice movements.

 

The programme is structured around the institute’s four themes:

  • Living Futures | What is the future we want and how do we get there
  • Prepare for Change| Facing up to inevitable changes, how do we cope
  • People Matter| Making sure that what we do is inclusive and values the human spirit
  • Making Sense| The promotion of systems sciences, transdisciplinarity and participation

 

E.F Schumacher

 

An internationally influential thinker with a systems perspective of the world, E.F Schumacher developed a series of connected ideas in energy, work, technology, development, organisation and ownership, education, traditional wisdom and spirituality. His seminal book, Small is Beautiful, was published in 1973 – four years before his death.

 

The Schumacher Institute

 

The Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems is an independent think-tank based in Bristol, UK, working towards a world of reducing inequality that provides for everyone within the limits of the planet.

 

The Institute builds on the ideas of E. F. Schumacher, particularly appropriate technology at the right scale, local actions, peace and non-violent approaches, simplicity and the sense that all people matter.

 

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The Institution of Structural Engineers, SUSTAINABILITY Conference 2017 | Climate Change: Adaption and Mitigation

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The Sustainability Conference 2017 of the Institution of Structural Engineers, titled ‘Climate Change: Adaption and Mitigation’, will take place in London (47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS) on 13 July 2017 from 09:30 to 17:00.

 

Sponsored by Kingspan, the event will explore the role of the structural engineer in adapting to and mitigating the effects of global warming and climate change.

 

It will focus on a number of key questions, including:

  • What is the future for the built environment industry in the context of climate change?
  • What are the challenges that structural engineers will face and what are the solutions?
  • How to achieve a balance between carbon ‘neutral’ building and the rising need for development?
  • How can structural engineers help the industry meet 2020 climate and energy targets?

 

The programme comprises:

  • Welcome and Introduction by Conference Chair, Faith Wainwright MBE (Senior Vice-President and Director at Arup)
  • Two keynote speeches
  • Six sessions, which include four case studies
  • An open forum | Is the industry ready for the future? What do we need to do prepare?
  • Closing remarks by Conference Chair

 

Keynote speeches:

  • Keith Clarke CBE (Chair of the Forum for the Future) | We have the science, what about engineering?
  • Bill Gething (Professor of Architecture at University of the West of England UWE Bristol): Climate Science for the Built Environment: what this means for the structural engineering sector

 

Sessions:

  • Session 1: Jonathon Hines (Managing Director at Architype) and Chris Pembridge (Director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff)

PassivHaus Design – Case Study on PassivHaus Schools project: implications for structural engineers

  • Session 2: Dr Flavie Lowres (Associate Director at Building Research Establishment BRE)

Case Study 1: Embodied carbon measurement: what about it?

  • Session 3: Amie Shuttleworth (Global Head of Sustainability at Cundall)

Circular economy and the role of structural engineers

  • Session 4: Tim Snelson (Associate Director at ARUP)

Case study 2: Believe in Better building at Sky Campus, Hounslow

  • Session 5: Angela Bejarano (BArch, MSc, LEED AP, eTool facilitator and Architectural Designer at Mountford Pigott LLP)

Case study 3: How eTool can be used by structural engineers to review embodied carbon and life cycle impacts at different design stages.

  • Session 6: Kirsten Henson (Director of KLH Sustainability Ltd)

Balancing Lifecycle Carbon: East Wick and Sweetwater Case Study

 

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What is a system? From flu via oil to recession… https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-system-from-flu-via-oil-recession-asitha-jayawardena

 

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

 

UCLan’s CSD | Advancing Sustainable Development through Architecture, Construction and Environment http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140906165944-101066234-uclan-s-csd-advancing-sustainable-development-through-architecture-construction-and-environment

 

STORY | The talking elephant and the SYSTEMS light | A modern folk tale (with two morals) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/talking-elephant-systems-light-modern-folk-tale-two-jayawardena

 

Nottingham’s Energy Technology Building | Building the way for a low carbon economy http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140830061246-101066234-nottingham-s-energy-technology-building-building-the-way-for-a-low-carbon-economy

 

STORY | A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140407045738-101066234-a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-caf%C3%A9-who-depends-on-whom

 

Newcastle Science Central | University-City Council partnership bringing together science, business and sustainable living http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140909120325-101066234-newcastle-science-central-university-city-council-partnership-bringing-together-science-business-and-sustainable-living

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

Business case for sustainability | What CEOs of Unilever, M&S and TUI say https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/business-case-sustainability-what-ceos-unilever-ms-tui-jayawardena

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140414095133-101066234-making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions

 

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The Sustainable University Support (SUS) Model https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/university-aspiring-do-better-sustainability-sus-hand-jayawardena

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Plymouth to host Sustainable Earth Forum 2016 on 23-24 June

BIG-Plymouth-SusEarthForum

Sustainable Earth 2016 Forum (#EarthForum16) will take place at Plymouth University on 23 and 24 June 2016.

 

Organised by the university’s Sustainable Earth Institute (formerly Institute for Sustainability Solutions Research ISSR), this global forum for connecting research with action will bring together researchers, businesses, community groups and individuals with the aim of sparking and encouraging collaborations for a sustainable Earth.

 

This forum will begin with a welcome by Professor Judith Petts (Vice-Chancellor, Plymouth University) and then an introduction by Chair Professor Iain Stewart (Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute, Plymouth University). Keynote speakers include:

  • Sir Mark Walport (Government Chief Scientific Adviser in the UK)
  • Wendy Darke (Founder of True to Nature Limited and former Head of the BBC Natural History Unit)
  • Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth)
  • Anthony Hobley (CEO, Carbon Tracker)

 

The programme is structured around three sessions – each exploring three themes:

  • Session 1: Health and Wellbeing, Biodiversity and Conservation, and Cities and Communities
  • Session 2: Water, Energy, and Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Session 3: Climate Change, Resources and Education

 

The theme ‘Education’ under Session 3 will feature Professor Stephen Sterling (Professor of Sustainability Education, Plymouth University).

 

At this forum, delegates will enjoy the opportunity of taking part in a variety of reflective activities ranging from a visit to a solar farm to a tour through the universe. They will also hear from leading organisations including Salvation Army, Environment Agency, Plymouth Energy Community, Westcountry Rivers Trust, Langage Farm, University of Iceland and Plymouth University.

 

The first day’s conference dinner will be followed by a talk by poet Matt Harvey on ‘The power of poetry for provoking participation in Sustainability’ and then evening musical delights by The Q-dettes.

 

Sustainable Earth 2016 Forum builds on five years of previous sustainability events held at Plymouth University.

 

Notes:

The colourful world map graphic is from The Sustainable Earth Institute.

 

More….

 

Sustainable Earth 2016 webpage | #EarthForum16 https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/institutes/sustainable-earth/sustainable-earth-2016

 

Plymouth University | The Sustainable Earth Institute https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/institutes/sustainable-earth

 

Plymouth University | Sustainability education – Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF) https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/sustainability/sustainability-education

 

Plymouth University | Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO) https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/institutes/pedagogic

 

Professor Iain Stewart (Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute, Plymouth University) https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/iain-stewart

 

Professor Sir Mark Walport (Government Chief Scientific Adviser in the UK) https://www.gov.uk/government/people/mark-walport

 

Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth) https://www.foe.co.uk/page/our-ceo-craig-bennett

 

Anthony Hobley (CEO, Carbon Tracker) http://www.carbontracker.org/staff/anthony-hobley/

 

Professor Stephen Sterling (Professor of Sustainability Education, Plymouth University) https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/stephen-sterling

 

 

#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 News website

 

Researching the way for a Sustainable Prosperity | Surrey-led CUSP Centre begins journey https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/researching-the-way-for-a-sustainable-prosperity-surrey-led-cusp-centre-begins-journey/

 

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/

 

Higher Education Academy (HEA) awards National Teaching Fellowship to a pioneer in Sustainability Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/higher-education-academy-hea-awards-national-teaching-fellowship-to-a-pioneer-in-sustainability-education/

 

Plymouth tops People & Planet University League 2015 | Worcester and Manchester Met, second and third https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/plymouth-tops-people-planet-university-league-2015-worcester-and-manchester-met-second-and-third/

 

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

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/

 

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 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/

 

Surrey-coordinated SLRG | Nurturing sustainable living through research https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/surrey-coordinated-slrg-nurturing-sustainable-living-through-research/

 

The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects | Handbook to ‘the University of the Future’ https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/the-sustainable-university-progress-and-prospects-handbook-to-the-university-of-the-future/

 

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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

 

 

#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/

 

 

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