Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). He has been at the forefront of international research and discourse on sustainable development for almost three decades, including work with the United Nations, the European Commission, and numerous private companies and NGOs. From 2004 to 2011, he served on the UK Sustainable Development Commission, an advisory body to the UK Government, his work culminating in the seminal book Prosperity without Growth, the second edition of which was published in 2016. Additionally, he is an award-winning playwright with numerous radio writing credits for the BBC. In 2016, he was awarded the Hillary Laureate for outstanding international leadership in sustainability.

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Imagining a postgrowth world

Human and earthly limits, properly understood, wrote the conservationist Wendell Berry, are not confinements, but rather inducements to fullness of relationship and meaning.

September 6, 2023

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Zero Carbon Sooner—Revised case for an early zero carbon target for the UK

In summary, the moral and prudential case for the UK to adopt a zero target sooner than 2050—perhaps as soon as 2030—appears to be a very strong one.

November 4, 2021


Billionaire space race: the ultimate symbol of capitalism’s flawed obsession with growth

Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids, laments the Rocket Man in Elton John’s timeless classic. In fact, it’s cold as hell. But that doesn’t seem to worry a new generation of space entrepreneurs intent on colonising the “final frontier” as fast as possible.

August 5, 2021

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Post Growth: Excerpt

Our prevailing vision of social progress is fatally dependent on a false promise: that there will always be more and more for everyone.

May 18, 2021


Beyond the Choke Hold of Growth: Post-Growth or Radical Degrowth?

In part two of Riccardo Mastini’s interview with Giorgos Kallis and Tim Jackson at the Post-Growth 2018 conference at the European Parliament, they trace the history that led to growth being prized above all else and discuss how to conceptualise a future beyond growth.

January 3, 2019

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The Politics of Post-Growth

In the first part of a two-part interview, Riccardo Mastini discusses the possibilities and challenges for imagining a world beyond growth with two key post-growth thinkers at the conference.

January 2, 2019

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