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Economics for a Finite Planet

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Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the ESRC Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE) Tim also directs the newly-awarded Defra/ESRC Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG).

For over twenty years, Tim has been at the forefront of research and teaching in sustainability. In 1988 he pioneered a least-cost approach to carbon abatement for Friends of the Earth. In 1996 he co-authored (with Nic Marks) the first Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare for the UK and has continued to work closely with the New Economics Foundation and others on measures of sustainable wellbeing at national and regional level. During the last decade, he has led numerous research and policy initiatives on sustainable consumption and production in the UK and abroad. From June 2004 to March 2006, he was the sole academic representative on the UK Sustainable Consumption Round Table. He is a co-author of the WorldWatch Institute’s influential Sate of the World Report 2008 on sustainable economies.

In March 2004, Tim was appointed Economics Commissioner on the SDC . From 2006 to 2009, he led the SDC ’s Redefining Prosperity programme and authored the controversial report, later published by Earthscan as “Prosperity without Growth – Economics for a Finite Planet” He continues to lead the economics work at SDC .

Tim has served in an advisory capacity for numerous Government departments and delivery agencies, including: the Cabinet Office (on Low Carbon Technologies and on ‘Renewable Energy and Resource Productivity’), HM Treasury (on well-being), BERR (on sustainable consumption and consumer policy), Defra (on sustainable consumption and production, well-being, behaviour change, market transformation, energy efficiency, and the politics of posterity), DfT (on travel behaviours), the Home Office (on consumer behaviour and behavioural change), the Carbon Trust (on carbon footprints and carbon labelling), the Environment Agency (on resource productivity, waste management, and behaviour change), and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (on renewable energy).

He has provided research, consultancy and advice to a variety of international organisations and agencies including: UNEP (on sustainable consumption and production and sustainable lifestyles), UNIDO and the ILO (on cleaner production), the European Environment Agency (on sustainable consumption and green GDP ), the European Parliament (on sustainable consumption and on nuclear fusion), the US EPA (on waste prevention, sustainable consumption and behaviour change), the New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (on sustainable consumption and lifestyles)

This talk is part of the Sustainable Development: 11th Distinguished Lecture Series 2013 series.

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