PSI seminar, 23 March:
Ian Christie on the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity


Room M214, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS

Oscar Fitch-Roy
Ian Christie

PSI is in partnership with the University of Surrey and others in the new ESRC Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN). The University of Surrey has also secured ESRC support for its new Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). This seminar provides an opportunity to learn more about CUSP and consider the potential links between its programme and the work of CECAN, and other work by PSI on sustainability and environmental policy. CUSP, led by Professor Tim Jackson at Surrey, is a five-year programme involving numerous academic and business partners in a multi-disciplinary exploration of what a sustainable economy could be like and how we could make the transition to it. CUSP will examine not only the macro- and micro-economics of sustainable prosperity, but also the moral, cultural and political dimensions of a new approach to economy and the Good Life. The seminar will outline the CUSP work programme and partners, and open up discussion about links with CECAN and other projects.

Ian Christie is a fellow of the Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES) at University of Surrey, and a co-investigator in CUSP and CECAN. Before joining CES full-time in 2011 he was a visiting professor and regular lecturer there. His career has included many years as a freelance teacher, advisor, researcher and writer on sustainable development and environmental policy. He was co-head of sustainability, environment and waste strategy at Surrey County Council, 2003-2006, and a policy advisor to ministers in DCLG on sustainable planning, housing and climate action (2006-2008) and to Natural England on behaviour change and environmental attitudes (2009-10). Ian was a fellow at PSI from 1986 to 1995, working on diffusion of new technologies, environmental policy and employment studies. He was a consultant and associate director at the Henley Centre for Forecasting (1995-97) and deputy/acting director at Demos (1997-99).

A sandwich lunch will be provided, and the talk will be followed by an opportunity for informal discussion. All are welcome – please RSVP to Tom Watson to indicate your attendance.