Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson iis 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 was subsequently translated into 17 foreign languages. His latest book Post Growth – Life after Capitalism was published by Polity Press in 2021. Jackson holds degrees in mathematics (MA, Cambridge), philosophy (MA, Uni Western Ontario) and physics (PhD, St Andrews). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Belgian Royal Academy of Science. In addition to his academic work, he is an award-winning dramatist with numerous radio-writing credits for the BBC.

GTI Contributions
How to Kick the Growth Addiction

April 2017

The author of Prosperity Without Growth discusses why we need to get past the obsession with economic growth—and the capitalist system that spawns it.

Commentary on Why We Consume - Tim Jackson
Contribution to GTI Roundtable "Why We Consume"

February 2016

Commentary on Marxism and Ecology - Tim Jackson
Contribution to GTI Roundtable "Marxism and Ecology"

October 2015

Commentary on Economics for a Full World - Tim Jackson
Contribution to GTI Roundtable "Full-World Economics"

June 2015

The Sustainability Transition: Beyond Conventional Development
Other Key Docs
The Sustainability Transition: Beyond Conventional Development

February 1996

Conventional development wisdom generally assumes the long-term continuity of dominant institutions, along with the expansion of resource-intensive consumption and production patterns in industrialized countries and their gradual extension to developing countries. However, the growth orientation of conventional development strategies and the resource-intensive lifestyles produce risks and unacceptable deterioration of the biosphere, as well as social and economic instability. The limitations of the conventional development paradigm suggest the beginnings of an outline for a strategic agenda for sustainability.