On this page you find an overview of recent activities, blogs and publications by Tim Jackson, sometimes linking to other websites.
Understanding the ‘New Normal’—The Challenge of Secular Stagnation
Policy Briefing for the APPG on Limits to Growth
This first in a series of briefing papers on building An Economy That Works explores the underlying phenomenon of ‘secular stagnation’ – a long-term decline in the rate of growth of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The paper examines the evidence, explores the causes and discusses the implications of what some now call the ‘new normal’.
The Future Of Work — Lessons from the History of Utopian Thought
CUSP working paper by Simon Mair, Angela Druckman and Tim Jackson
This paper aims to contribute towards the development of a political economy of work fit for purpose in a world of social and environmental limits. In order to get beyond today’s dominant conceptions of work in a growth-based capitalism, Simon Mair, Angela Druckman and Tim Jackson explore the role of work in historical utopias.
The Post-Growth Challenge— Secular Stagnation, Inequality and the Limits to Growth
CUSP working paper by Tim Jackson
Sluggish recovery in the wake of the financial crisis has revived discussion of a ‘secular stagnation’. These conditions have been blamed for rising inequality and political instability. Tim Jackson contests this view, pointing instead to a steadfast refusal to address the ‘post-growth challenge’.
Confronting Inequality in a post-growth world — Basic income, factor substitution and the future of work
New CUSP paper by Tim Jackson and Peter Victor
Piketty argued that slow growth rates inevitably lead to rising inequality. If true, this hypothesis would pose serious challenges for a ‘post-growth’ society. Fiscal responses to this dilemma include Piketty’s own suggestion to tax capital assets and more recent suggestions to provide a universal basic income that would allow even the poorest in society to meet basic needs.
New documentary w Tim Jackson
Why are we so obsessed with economic growth, knowing that it has devastating effects on our finite planet (and ultimately us)? The new documentary by Florian Opitz is looking for answers to this principal contradiction of our time and considers global capitalism from the perspective of those who run it.
Policy Challenges around Sustainable Lifestyles
Updated Book Chapter
Tim Jackson’s chapter in The Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour has been updated for the second edition of the international, multi-disciplinary and partly new collection, edited by Alan Lewis. Read more.
‘Everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile’
Blog by Tim Jackson
Fifty years to the day after Robert Kennedy’s historic speech on the limitations of the GDP at the University of Kansas in March 1968, Tim Jackson reflects on the failings of measurement and vision which still haunt both economic policy and our everyday life.
Congreso Futuro | Prosperity on a Finite Planet
Tim Jackson joining the 7th Future Congress, Chile 17-19 Jan 2018
Set up by the Senate of Chile, with the aim to decentralize knowledge, the international, transdisciplinary event is considered to be the most important scientific dissemination event in Latin America, taking place over seven days in ten regions.
Beyond the Crisis—How to rethink the economy
Video interview with Tim Jackson, Internazionale
“We live in a financial, economic and social system that is now dysfunctional. At this point we need a radical solution,” says Tim Jackson, interviewed at the International Book Festival in Ferrara. “What we can do is build a system that does not rely on greed to work”.
Do we need economic growth? | BBC World Service Newshour Extra
Tim Jackson in dicscussion with Jared Bernstein, Annie Quick and Daniel Ben-Ami, Nov 2017
We are told again and again that GDP growth is good for the economy; it is said to lift people out of poverty, provides jobs and investment, and improves lives. While there is general agreement about the need for growth in the developing world, what about the costs of growth in the rich world?
Challenging an Unsustainable Economic System
Club of Rome Summer Academy, Florence 12 Sept 2017
Tim Jackson giving seminar at 1st Club of Rome Summer Academy. Focusing on new economic thinking beyond growth, the academy offers in-depth, cutting-edge insights “to mobilise students and academics, young professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs, young journalists, artists and activists.” For details please see the Club of Rome website.
Prosperità senza crescita, Nuova Edizione
Tim Jackson at Festivaletteratura, Mantova 9 Sept 2017
Following German and French, the second edition of Prosperity Without Growth has now been translated into Italian. Tim will be presenting his work at the Festivaletteratura di Mantova on Saturday 9 Sept. For details please see the festival website.
From Economic Growth to Growth in Wellbeing
Resurgence Festival with Tim Jackson, London 23 Sept 2017
The Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, Britain’s flagship green magazine, is hosting its fifth Festival of Wellbeing. The event will raise money for The Resurgence Trust and features CUSP Director Tim Jackson in conversation with Satish Kumar.
The future of jobs: is decent work for all a pipe dream?
Tim Jackson writing for The Guardian, 15 August 2017
Rapid developments in technology and unpredictable economies are destabilising employment as we know it. What are the possible solutions? It’s not the demand for human labour that is disappearing, Tim Jackson argues, but the institutions and economics to deliver it.
Wohlstand Ohne Wachstum – Das Update
German Translation of Prosperity Without Growth, Berlin, 19 July 2017
The second edition of Tim’s groundbreaking book is now translated into German. The launch event, organised by the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, was held in July 2017 in Berlin.
Learning to Thrive
Innovation Unit Event with Tim Jackson, London 28 June 2017
What does it really mean to thrive in today’s world, and what are the key ingredients of a good society that works for everyone? Tim Jackson discussing solutions at evening event co-hosted by Innovation Unit, Webb Memorial Trust and Compass.
Can economies thrive without growth?
RSA Radio with Tim Jackson and Matthew Taylor, June 2017
When economies stop growing they go into crisis, but it seems impossible for them to grow forever without causing ecological catastrophe. Matthew Taylor talks to Tim Jackson about the big dilemma in sustainability and his book Prosperity without Growth which charted a way out of it.
The Future of ‘Good Work’
Tim Jackson at The Unusual Suspects Festival, London 14 June 2017
Society tells us to value meaning in work, whilst the education and work opportunities that would allow people to find fulfilling work remain wholly inadequate. What if each citizen had a basic income that would allow them to explore what they really care about? What if we were taught to define our own success instead of being led by financial constraints or what other people think? What if work was a vehicle to serve a collective purpose rather than individual gain? At this event, you will hear insights from people who have been working with building blocks for a radically different way of working. .
Oxford Festival of the Arts | Oxford Green Week
Tim Jackson in conversation with Lola Perrin and Kate Raworth, 25 June 2017
Composer Lola Perrin presents a keyboard conversation about climate change for piano, guest speakers and audience. Featuring Kate Raworth together with Tim Jackson. The event forms part of the Oxford Festival of the Arts and the Oxford Green Week.
Shaping energy efficiency policies of tomorrow
Tim Jackson at eceee 2017 Summer Study, 29 May – 3 June 2017
Energy efficiency can only take us so far. To meet sustainable energy policy aims and move towards a sustainable society, we must think about limits to energy consumption. This plenary with Tim Jackson and Yves Marignac will be discussing ideas of how our way of living can change so that we reduce energy demand but at the same time maintain or improve our quality of life.
When all parties want ‘an economy that works’, you know neoliberalism is kaputt
Tim Jackson writing for The Guardian, 31 May 2017
Privatised gain and socialised loss is the defining story of capitalism over the last decades. Free-market economics has undermined the fabric of society and left millions behind – and manifestos across the political spectrum recognise it.
How to kick the growth addiction
Tim Jackson in conversation with Allen White, April 2017
Endless economic growth, long the rallying cry of the conventional paradigm, endangers our future. Ecological economist Tim Jackson, CUSP Director and author of Prosperity Without Growth, explores the need to envision a post-growth economy with Allen White, Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute.
Earth Optimism Cambridge, 22 April 2017
On 22 April 2017, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative of the UK is partnering with the Smithsonian in hosting an Earth Optimism event in Cambridge. Tim Jackson will be joining a panel with Jane Goodall, Sebastian Pole and David Amaning Kwarteng. Other speakers of the day include Fiona Reynolds, Steven Pinker and David Attenborough.
18 April 2017
Professor Tim Jackson to give public lecture presenting his new book and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the St Andrews Sustainable Development degree programme.
CUSP Director Prof Tim Jackson is joining the opening panel of the 2nd international ministerial conference of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), taking place at the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Germany.
CUSP Director Prof Tim Jackson has been invited to give a keynote presentation at the 17th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment in Washington, D.C.. The event is hosted by The National Council for Science and the Environments.
A new edition of Prosperity Without Growth – the landmark work by CUSP Director Professor Tim Jackson – was launched at a special event on 19 December at the University of Surrey, which also celebrated his appointment as 2016 Hillary Laureate.
Prosperity isn’t just about earning more and having more, it consists in our ability to participate meaningfully in the life of society. A vital element that has gone missing for ordinary people over recent decades, Tim Jackson argues. We must question the fundamental structures behind our economies before they will work for everyone.
Having explored in depth the topic of our industrialised societies’ relationship with materials, as well as the need for gradual decoupling between development and resource impact, Tim Jackson joins the Disruptive Innovation Festival and discusses the potential of the circular economy at scale.
The debate on limits to growth is now more than four decades old. But recent experience offers new insights into the challenge. As part of the Annual RGS conference, Tim Jackson’s talk starts from a critical examination of the conventional vision and explores the possibilities for moving beyond it.
Tim Jackson to give lecture at Resurgence magazine’s 50th anniversary event: One Earth, One Humanity, One Future – 23 September 2016, Oxford.
Tim Jackson to speak at the 2016 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the UN’s central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDGs.
In this interview with Kim Hill at Radio NZ, Tim Jackson is discussing the foundations for a post-growth economy; and why keeping the vision of social progress is vital, particularly in times of crises.
The Hillary Institute of International Leadership has announced today the selection of Tim Jackson as the 2016 Hillary Laureate for exceptional mid-career Leadership. The Director of CUSP is the Institute’s 7th annual global Laureate since 2009.
Intelligence Squared is hosting a discussion on the future of the global economy. Other panelists include Stephanie Flanders, JP Morgan’s chief market strategist for Europe, and acclaimed US economic historian Deirdre McCloskey. The evening will be moderated by Kamal Ahmed, Economics Editor of BBC News.
Tim Jackson gives opening keynote and in-depth workshop at the 46th St. Gallen Symposium, a high-profile annual conference designed to “capture and condense the most relevant debates currently shaping the world around us and making them center-stage.”
CUSP is directed by Prof Tim Jackson.The event is the first in a series of public debates (hosted by CUSP) engaging young and old alike across business, policy and civil society in one of the most vital questions of our time: what does prosperity mean in a world of environmental and social limits?
To coincide with the launch of a new All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth, Tim Jackson discusses the continuing relevance of the Club of Rome’s groundbreaking report in today’s context and introduces Limits Revisited, a new review of the debate, co-written with environmental writer Robin Webster.
Towards a Stock-Flow Consistent Macroeconomics
New publication by Prof Tim Jackson et al – April 2016
Tim Jackson and his colleagues have developed a suite of macroeconomic models based on the methodology of Post – Keynesian Stock Flow Consistent (SFC) system dynamics. Taken together these models represent the first steps in constructing a new macroeconomic synthesis capable of exploring the economic and financial dimensions of an economy confronting resource or environmental constraints.
Design for life: a commentary on Peter Sterling’s ‘why we consume’
Guest blog for the Great Transition Initiative
Why do we ever constrain our instinct for short-term pleasure? Particularly if, as this essay claims, short-term pleasure is all there is. Why is it that the most fulfilling activities in the long term have more to do with short-term pain than short-term pleasure?
Towards a sustainable prosperity
Tim Jackson introducing the CUSP work programme – 18 Feb 2016
In the first blog of this new series, CUSP director Prof Tim Jackson explores the nature of prosperity and the challenge of achieving sustainable prosperity.
Growth in Transition
Tim Jackson gives keynote lecture at 2016 Growth in Transition Conference – 24 Feb 2016
This year’s Growth in Transition Conference focuses on three key subject areas: Constraints, Transformation and Development. Tim Jackson will give a keynote lecture on Flourishing within Limits – The Foundations for a Sustainable Prosperity