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Seminar Series 6: Lecture 2 - Prof Tim Jackson

26 Jan 2010

Royal College of Physcians and Surgeons of Glasgow, United Kingdom


Tim Jackson

Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Research group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment at the University of Surrey. His research interests focus on understanding the social, psychological and structural dimensions of sustainable living.

'Prosperity without Growth'

Tuesday 26 January 2010 was the date of the second lecture of the sixth GCPH Seminar Series. At this lecture Professor Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and advisor to the UK government, spoke on 'Prosperity without Growth'.

In this lecture Professor Jackson, drawing on his recently published book Prosperity without Growth, showed that in a finite world our current economic structure and associated growth is unsustainable. This poses a dilemma as, at the same time in the current structure, ‘degrowth’ which is unstable would result in problems like increasing unemployment.

To outgrow this dilemma, we need to realise that another world is possible: one in which the economic engine and associated social logic moves towards activities that promote flourishing within well understood ecological limits. 

Prosperity without Growth

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