From Systemic Failure to a Transition of Civilisation | Schumacher Institute’s 10th Anniversary Conference

 

NOTE: Text, photograph and graphic by Asitha Jayawardena (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj) as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/).  Logo of the Schumacher Institute is from its website.

 

The Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems will hold its tenth anniversary celebratory conference in Bristol (Watershed 3, 1 Canon’s Road, BS1 5TX) on Thursday 24 May 2018 (10am – 4:30pm).

 

Titled ‘From systemic failure to a transition of civilisation’, this conference comprises a keynote and other talks, an overview of the Institute’s work and achievements in the past decade and where it originated from (i.e. E.F. Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful in 1972), and thoughts for the future. It will also see the launch of the Institute’s System Change Journal.

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Sessions

 

Keynote: Systemic Collapse?

Dr Nafeez Ahmed will deliver the keynote address, which will be an analysis based on his 2017 book, Failing States, Collapsing Systems – Bio-Physical Triggers of Political Violence. This award-winning investigative journalist, bestselling author, transdisciplinary academic, documentary film-maker, science fiction novelist and musician is also the author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation – And How to Save It (2010).

 

Three sessions will comprise four speakers:

 

The Human System: coping and flourishing in challenging times

  • Mike Parker: Liminal reflection
  • Lucy Ford: Perspectives from Eco-psychology

 

The Technological System

Hilary Sutcliffe: Can technology work better for people and planet?

 

The Socio-ecological System

Susan Canney: How can humans and nature live together?

 

Workshops: The next 10 years? Plans and Priorities

 

Eight facilitated workshops, under four themes, will give the participants an opportunity to debate the issues.

 

Living Futures how do we create and build the living future?

1 | Living Systems

2 | Food, Well-being and Health

 

Prepare for Change can systems approaches assist different sectors?

3 | Changing Technology Economy

4 | Infrastructure and Resilience

 

Inclusive Sustainability equality and inclusion across societies

5 | Infrastructure and Inclusion

6 | Resilient Individuals and Communities

 

Making Sense systems learning, development and communications

7 | Learning and Systems

8 | Media and Communications

 

Plenary

 

Plenary will comprise workshop reports and Closing remarks from speakers and the floor.

 

 

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.

 

More…

 

Conference page http://www.schumacherinstitute.org.uk/may-24th-our-10th-anniversary-conference/

 

Conference registration https://helmtickets.com/events/1161/from-systemic-failure-to-a-transition-of-civilisation

 

Conference flier http://www.schumacherinstitute.org.uk/download/docs/flyer/May-24-2018-conference-flyer.pdf

 

The Schumacher Institute http://www.schumacherinstitute.org.uk/

 

Systems Learning | Systems thinking for a sustainable future http://www.systemslearning.org

 

F. Schumacher on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._F._Schumacher

 

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

 

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

 

POETRY | Destroy parent system? Growth for the Dead! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/destroy-parent-system-growth-dead-asitha-jayawardena

 

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

 

Wave Hypothesis for Sustainability ENGAGEMENT | In action

One event, 10 opportunities for SUSTAINABILITY ENGAGEMENT | Ashden Awards ride the WAVE Hypothesis https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/one-event-10-opportunities-sustainability-engagement-ride-asitha

 

INTERDISCIPLINARITY facilitation for Sustainability Education and Research | #IDLS

Interdisciplinary Library for Sustainability

https://idls.wordpress.com/

 

Knowledge JOURNALISM for Sustainability | #KnowledgeJOURNALISM

 

Taking sustainability RESEARCH to the public | Knowledge JOURNALISM press articles and news/ feature blogs https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/taking-sustainability-research-public-knowledge-press-jayawardena

 

Sustainability STORYTELLING | #SustySTORY

Sustainability Storytelling website https://sustystory.wordpress.com

 

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/

 

Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/limits-to-growth-audacity-of-hope-and-moral-imagination-reign-at-cusp-reinventing-prosperity-event-in-london/

 

Education for Sustainability (EfS) | Pioneering LSBU course celebrates 21st anniversary https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/education-for-sustainability-efs-pioneering-lsbu-course-celebrates-21st-anniversary/

 

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/

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

EXPOSED! How UK football shaped UN Global Goals (or Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) | Five facts https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/exposed-how-uk-football-shaped-un-global-goals-sdgs-five-jayawardena

 

NUMBERisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | from 7,580,010,157 to 0 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/numberisation-un-sustainable-development-goals-sdgs-from-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

 

STORY | 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

 

Al Gore’s keynote at Ashden Awards 2017 in London | 10 points to take home https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/al-gores-keynote-ashden-awards-2017-london-10-points-take-asitha

 

SUSTAINABILITY | Is there a definition? If not, can we make one? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-definition-can-we-make-one-asitha-jayawardena

 

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

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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.

Themes

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.

Partners

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:
UK:
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.

Engagement

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.

Graphic developed using elements from the websites and social networking of CUSP and the University of Surrey

More…

Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) website http://www.sustainableprosperity.org.uk/

News post on the University of Surrey website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/mediacentre/press/2015/142205_university_of_surrey_to_host_new_international_research_centre.htm

CUSP on:
• Twitter https://twitter.com/cusp_uk @CUSP_uk
• LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/centre-for-the-understanding-of-sustainable-prosperity
• FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/CUSP.ac.uk

University of Surrey | Centre for Environmental Strategy http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ces/index.htm

Anglia Ruskin University | Global Sustainability Institute http://ww2.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/microsites/global_sustainability_institute.html

Goldsmiths College London | Political Economy Research Centre (PERC) http://www.gold.ac.uk/perc/

University of Leeds | Cultural Production and Media Policy research group http://media.leeds.ac.uk/research/research-groups/cultural-industries-2/

Middlesex University | Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) http://www.mdx.ac.uk/our-research/centres/ceedr

University of York (Canada) | Faculty of Environmental Studies http://fes.yorku.ca/

Aldersgate Group http://www.aldersgategroup.org.uk/

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) http://www.unep.org/

Some of the other 197 posts on Sustainable University News | https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com

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New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/new-toolkit-problem-based-learning-a-case-study-of-sustainability-education/

UNEP publishes Greening Universities Toolkit https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/unep-publishes-greening-universities-toolkit/

Delivering ESD and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/delivering-esd-and-graduate-attributes-through-hybrid-problem-based-learning/

Formally launched! QAA-HEA ESD Guidance for UK higher education providers https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/formally-launched-qaa-hea-esd-guidance-for-uk-higher-education-providers/

ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/

Five questions and 100 delegates from 15 countries: COPERNICUS conference on higher education, sustainability and ESD https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/five-questions-and-100-delegates-from-15-countries-copernicus-conference-on-higher-education-sustainability-and-esd/

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/

HEFCE wants Sustainable Development (SD) to be central to HE, says new SD framework will influence future funding https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/hefce-wants-sustainable-development-sd-to-be-central-to-he-says-new-sd-framework-will-influence-future-funding/

A report that spans 53 institutions in 33 European countries | ESD professional development in higher education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/a-report-that-spans-53-institutions-in-33-european-countries-esd-professional-development-in-higher-education/

Informal communication has a key role in sustainability-oriented institutional change, says Green Academy Lead at Worcester https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/informal-communication-has-a-key-role-in-sustainability-oriented-institutional-change-says-green-academy-lead-at-worcester/

Disciplines speak ‘Sustainability’ in different languages, says ESD academic lead at Bristol https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/disciplines-speak-sustainability-in-different-languages-says-esd-academic-lead-at-bristol/

Education for Sustainability (EfS) is enriching curriculum and student experience at Gloucestershire, says Professor Tilbury https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/education-for-sustainability-efs-is-enriching-curriculum-and-student-experience-at-gloucestershire-says-professor-tilbury/

Sustainability leadership is all around us, says Director SD at Canterbury Christ Church University https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/sustainability-leadership-is-all-around-us-says-director-sd-at-canterbury-christ-church-university/

Online learning is a driver for sustainability, says Dr Speight at HEA-Nottingham seminar https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/online-learning-is-a-driver-for-sustainability-says-dr-speight-at-hea-nottingham-seminar/

Four years of innovation in Sustainability in Higher Education and ESD | The Sustainable University One-stop Shop https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/four-years-of-innovation-in-sustainability-in-higher-education-and-esd-the-sustainable-university-one-stop-shop/

Some of the 44 posts at The Sustainable University Library | https://librarysu.wordpress.com

Posts on:
• Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) https://librarysu.wordpress.com/education-for-sd-esd/
• Sustainability in higher education (SHE) https://librarysu.wordpress.com/sustainability-in-he/
• Exemplars of SHE and ESD https://librarysu.wordpress.com/exemplars-in-she-esd/

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/

UNEP’s Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES)
https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/uneps-global-universities-partnership-on-environment-and-sustainability-gupes/

A PBL toolkit for Sustainability Education | A Keele-Manchester-Staffordshire collaboration
https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/a-pbl-toolkit-for-sustainability-education-a-keele-manchester-staffordshire-collaboration/

UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit | A global resource for advancing green and sustainable campuses https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/unep-greening-universities-toolkit-a-global-resource-for-advancing-green-and-sustainable-campuses/

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/

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/

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective
https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective/

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/

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/

‘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/

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 | A balancing act? Four of them? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-a-balancing-act-four-of-them/

My Top Ten posts in 2014… on Sustainability in Higher Education and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/my-top-ten-posts-in-2014-on-sustainability-in-higher-education-and-education-for-sustainable-development-esd/
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UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price

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How does Civilisation get to the 22nd century without collapse or catastrophic discontinuity? asked Professor David Price in his welcome address at the fifth anniversary celebration of UCL Grand Challenges (UCL GC) programme held on 13 October 2014.

 

UCL Grand Challenges is the mechanism that brings together the university’s researchers from different disciplines in order to address questions of global significance. For an overview, please visit:

 

UCL Grand Challenges | Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140911112647-101066234-ucl-grand-challenges-global-health-sustainable-cities-intercultural-interaction-and-human-wellbeing

 

Reflecting and building upon the personal and institutional experiences gained over the last five years, this celebratory evening defined the actions needed to strengthen, enhance and enable further cross-disciplinary engagement within and beyond the university, for the benefit of the wider society.

 

In his welcome Professor David Price (UCL Vice-Provost, Research), who leads the UCL GC programme, emphasised that a cross disciplinary approach is necessary to find solutions to the world’s complex problems because no single discipline is capable of solving these on their own.

 

After a short film on the GC programme, Dr Ian Scott (Principal Facilitator UCL GC) presented how the programme was developed to what it is today, and Professor Yvonne Rydin (Chair of Planning, Environment and Public Policy, UCL Bartlett School of Planning) and Professor Nick Tyler (Chadwick Chair of Civil Engineering, UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering) presented reflections on the programme. They all elaborated how the GC programme advances cross–disciplinary research across the institution.

 

Professor Michael Arthur (UCL President and Provost) chaired UCL Grand Challenges 2034, a discussion by a panel comprising:

  • Dr Tim Beasley-Murray (Director of UCL Global Citizenship Programme)
  • Dr Sarah Bell (UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering)
  • Professor Anthony Costello (Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health)
  • Professor Alan Penn (Dean of the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment)
  • Professor Maria Wyke (UCL Greek and Latin)

 

Among other things, the panellists were asked to present their ‘manifesto’ for the future of Grand Challenges and this resulted in a variety of responses, including co-existence; cultural identity and conflict; women’s rights; development and voice; meeting basic needs; and disease and antibiotic resistance.

 

The evening came to a close with a drinks reception.

 

For an overview on the evening, please visit UCL Grand Challenges storification https://storify.com/UCL_GCSC/grand-challenges-celebration#publicize

 

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

 

 

See also…

 

UCL Grand Challenges | 5-year celebratory event on 13 October (pre-event news post) https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/ucl-grand-challenges-5-year-celebratory-event-on-13-october/

 

UCL Grand Challenges | Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140911112647-101066234-ucl-grand-challenges-global-health-sustainable-cities-intercultural-interaction-and-human-wellbeing

 

UCL Grand Challenges http://www.ucl.ac.uk/research/grand-challenges | Global Health http://www.ucl.ac.uk/global-health | Sustainable Cities http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable-cities | Intercultural Interaction http://www.ucl.ac.uk/intercultural-interaction | Human Wellbeing http://www.ucl.ac.uk/human-wellbeing

 

Green UCL http://www.ucl.ac.uk/greenucl

 

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/

 

UCL symposium focuses on Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/ucl-symposium-focuses-on-sustainable-resources-for-sustainable-cities/

 

NEW BOOK: Imagining the Future City: London 2062 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/new-book-imagining-the-future-city-london-2062/

 

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

 

Can’t fit 7 billion into a six-bed (space) hotel? But we live as if we could….! http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140827190849-101066234-can-t-fit-7-billion-into-a-six-bed-space-hotel-but-we-live-as-if-we-could

 

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

 

Sustainability | A balancing act? Four of them? https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140409090334-101066234-sustainability-a-balancing-act-four-of-them

 

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

 

‘A cylinder of oxygen, please!’ | Why we should be worrying about natural resources http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140729065705-101066234–a-cylinder-of-oxygen-please-why-we-should-be-worrying-about-natural-resources

 

Why universities should lead their wider communities’ sustainability endeavours | Three reasons https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140606053309-101066234-why-universities-should-lead-their-wider-communities-sustainability-endeavours-three-reasons

 

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re:centre at Bradford | RE-thinking business in the emerging era of the Circular Economy http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140829203957-101066234-re-centre-at-bradford-re-thinking-business-in-the-emerging-era-of-the-circular-economy

 

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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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