Tim Jackson (economist)

Tim Jackson FAcSS (born 1957) is a British ecological economist and professor of sustainable development at the University of Surrey. He was the founder and director of RESOLVE (Research Group on Lifestyles Values and Environment)[1] and is director of the follow-on project: the Defra/ESRC Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG).[2] Tim Jackson is the author of Prosperity Without Growth: economics for a finite planet (2009) and currently holds the ESRC Professorial Fellowship on Prosperity and Sustainability in the Green Economy.[3] In 2016 he received the Hillary Laureate for exceptional mid-career Leadership. [4]


Academic work

For more than twenty years, he has worked internationally on sustainable consumption and production.[5] During five years at the Stockholm Environment Institute in the early 1990s, he pioneered the concept of preventative environmental management outlined in his 1996 book Material Concerns – pollution profit and quality of life.[6] For the last decade his research has focused on consumption, lifestyle and sustainability. In 2005, the Sustainable Development Research Network[7] published his widely cited review Motivating Sustainable Consumption.[8] A respective Earthscan 'Reader' in Sustainable Consumption was issued in 2006.[9] During 2006 and 2007 Tim Jackson was advisor and a regular contributor to BBC Newsnight's Ethical Man series.[10]

In his function as Economics Commissioner on the Sustainable Development Commission[11] he authored a controversial report, later published by Earthscan/Routledge as Prosperity Without Growth: economics for a finite planet (2009). By arguing that "prosperity – in any meaningful sense of the word – transcends material concerns",[12] the book summarises the evidence showing that, beyond a certain point, growth does not increase human wellbeing. Prosperity without Growth analyses the complex relationships between growth, environmental crises and social recession. It proposes a route to a sustainable economy, and argues for a redefinition of "prosperity" in light of the evidence on what really contributes to people’s wellbeing.[13] "The clearest message from the financial crisis of 2008 is that our current model of economic success is fundamentally flawed. For the advanced economies of the Western world, prosperity without growth is no longer a utopian dream. It is a financial and ecological necessity."[14]

The book was described by Le Monde as "one of the most outstanding pieces of environmental economics literature in recent years."[15] The sociologist Anthony Giddens referred to it as "a must-read for anyone concerned with issues of climate change and sustainability – bold, original and comprehensive."[15] Prosperity without Growth has been translated into 15 languages including Swedish, German, French, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Chinese.

Tim Jackson's current projects include – in collaboration with Professor Peter Victor (York University, Toronto)[16] – the development of the Green Economy Macro-Model and Accounts (GEMMA).[17][18]


In addition to his academic and advisory work,[5] Jackson is an award-winning playwright with numerous BBC radio writing credits to his name.[19] His 30 episode environmental drama series Cry of the Bittern won a 1997 Public Awareness of Science (PAWS) Drama Award. The Language of Flowers – a drama documentary about the life and work of the 18th Century poet Christopher Smart won the 2004 Prix Marulić. Jackson's most recent play, Variations, written around a Beethoven Sonata of the same name, won the 2007 Grand Prix Marulić[20] and was longlisted for the 2008 Sony awards.[21]



Prior to the 2015 general election, he was one of several celebrities who endorsed the parliamentary candidacy of the Green Party's Caroline Lucas.[31]


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  1. RESOLVE | Research Group on Lifestyles Values and Environment | resolve.sustainablelifestyles.ac.uk | last visited: 3 April 2014
  2. SLRG Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group | last visited: 3 April 2014
  3. PASSAGE | ESRC Fellowship on Prosperity and Sustainability in the Green Economy | last visited: 3 April 2014
  4. | Tim Jackson named 2016 Hillary Laureate | last visited: 27 June 2016
  5. 1 2 Tim Jackson at the University of Surrey | last visited: 17 April 2013
  6. 1 2 Material concerns: pollution, profit, and quality of life Stockholm Environment Institute; London, New York: Routledge, 1996]
  7. Homepage of the Sustainable Development Research Network
  8. Motivating Sustainable Consumption Report to the Sustainable Development Research Network | January 2005
  9. The Earthscan Reader in Sustainable Consumption | Earthscan, 2006
  10. Carbon Footprint for Newsnight's Ethical Man Series | last visited: 25 May 2012
  11. Tim Jackson | the new economics foundation | neweconomics.org | last visited: 25 May 2012
  12. Has Western capitalism failed? Tim Jackson for BBC 22 September 2011 | last visited: 25 May 2012
  13. Prosperity without Growth? – The transition to a sustainable economy Report for the SDC 03.2011 | last visited: 25 May 2012
  14. Prosperity without Growth? Report | Summary | last visited: 25 May 2012
  15. 1 2 3 Routledge Website for Prosperity Without Growth
  16. Peter Victor | Official Website | last visited: 27 May 2012
  17. Short GEMMA Description | Institute for New Economic Thinking | ineteconomics.org | last visited: 25 May 2012
  18. GEMMA on PASSAGE project page | Work programme of PASSAGE project | last visited: 24 September 2014
  19. Tim Jackson's plays listed on official website | last visited: 10 September 2014
  20. Prix Marulić 2007 | last visited: 25 May 2012
  21. Tim Jackson on SLRG | www.sustainablelifestyles.ac.uk
  22. Does slow growth increase inequality? Some reflections on Piketty’s ‘fundamental’ laws of capitalism, Tim Jackson and Peter Victor, PASSAGE Working Paper 14-01, Guildford: University of Surrey, August 2014
  23. Green economy at a community scale, Tim Jackson and Peter Victor, Metcalf Foundation: Toronto, November 2013
  24. Developing an Ecological Macroeconomics, Tim Jackson and Peter Victor, Centre for International Governance Innovation, cigionline.org, 11 September 2013
  25. Angst essen Seele auf – Escaping the 'iron cage' of consumerism, Tim Jackson, Wuppertal Spezial (Vol 48), Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
  26. 'New economic model needed not relentless consumer demand, Tim Jackson for The Guardian Blog, 17 January 2013
  27. The Cinderella economy: an answer to unsustainable growth?, Tim Jackson for The Ecologist, 27 July 2012
  28. Let's be less productive, Tim Jackson for The New York Times, 26 May 2012
  29. Dismount and die? The paradox of sustainable living, Tim Jackson for The Guardian, 29 June 2011
  30. The Earthscan Reader in Sustainable Consumption, London, New York: Earthscan/Routledge, 2006
  31. Elgot, Jessica (24 April 2015). "Celebrities sign statement of support for Caroline Lucas – but not the Greens". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
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