Revisiting consumption for a climate friendly future:
In conversation with Professor Tim Jackson
Date: 18th August 2021 (Podcasts)
A principal challenge to addressing the climate emergency is overconsumption. Consumption is embedded in our everyday lives, at the level of the individual, home, community, urban and wider national and global society. It involves the activities of multiple stakeholders whose actions and logics influence the consumer landscape. It is, therefore, important to consider the role of consumption and the consumer citizen within a multi-stakeholder landscape involving, individuals, households, communities, service providers, business and policy makers.
Join Deirdre Shaw, Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Solutions and Professor of Marketing and Consumer Research, University of Glasgow as she discusses this important topic with Tim Jackson*, Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity and Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey.
Professor Tim Jackson
Tim is an ecological economist and writer. Since 2016 he has been Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) at the University of Surrey in the UK, where he is also Professor of Sustainable Development. From 2004 to 2011 he was Economics Commissioner for the UK Sustainable Development Commission where his work culminated in the publication of Prosperity without Growth (2009/2017) which has subsequently been translated into 17 foreign languages. It was named as a Financial Times ‘book of the year’ in 2010 and UnHerd’s economics book of the decade in 2019. His latest book Post Growth – life after capitalism was published by Polity Press in 2021. In 2016, Tim was awarded the Hillary Laureate for exceptional international leadership in sustainability. In addition to his academic work, Tim is an award-winning dramatist with numerous radio-writing credits for the BBC.
Tim holds degrees in mathematics (MA, Cambridge), philosophy (MA, Uni Western Ontario) and physics (PhD, St Andrews). He also holds honorary degrees at the University of Brighton in the UK and the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Belgian Royal Academy of Science.
Professor Deirdre Shaw (Host)
Deidre is Professor Marketing and Consumer Research at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow.
Deirdre has researched and taught in the area of consumption ethics throughout her career, publishing on the subject in a range of international journals (including Psychology and Marketing, Journal of Business Ethics, Marketing Theory, European Journal of Marketing, Business History, British Journal of Management, Work, Employment and Society, Journal of Marketing Management, Sustainable Development), contributing to books and non-academic publications, giving invited talks and supervising PhD researchers in this area.
She is co-section editor of the Consumer Ethics section of Journal of Business Ethics and is Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Solutions, University of Glasgow.
Her current work focuses on consumer perspectives of modern slavery as well as working in the areas of sustainable clothing and equality and sustainability.
Over three “bite-size” Podcasts they will explore key questions, including: How can we transform current consumption behaviours? What do climate friendly consumption lifestyles look like? How can we support and embed behavioural transformation?
*Professor Jackson is a world-renowned expert on sustainability and author of acclaimed publications in this area, including, the landmark book Prosperity Without Growth and most recently Post Growth Life after Capitalism.
In conversation with Professor Tim Jackson: Part 1 (available here 18th Aug)
In conversation with Professor Tim Jackson: Part 2 (available here 18th Aug)
In conversation with Professor Tim Jackson: Part 3 (available here 18th Aug)
Carbon free commuting and connection: travel in our new normal
Date: September 2021 (date TBC)
Transport is the biggest source of carbon emissions in the UK; the first COVID lockdown in 2020 has demonstrated that drastic decrease in transport has a direct and rapid impact on both greenhouse gases emissions and air pollution. Commuting accounts for 25% of transport related emissions; revolutionising commuting is thus pivotal in meeting carbon and pollution targets. This revolution should include moving away from single-occupancy car travel and wider adoption of walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing but also increase in flexible and “from home” working.
Join us to explore what post-COVID commuting might look like, its impact on the climate agenda and the co-benefits it could offer in terms of health and well-being, work-life balance, gender equality and economic opportunities.
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