Tim Jackson (* 4. Juni 1957) ist ein britischer Naturwissenschaftler und Professor of Sustainable Development am Centre for Environment and Sustainability an der University of Surrey. Er ist Direktor des Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), ein interdisziplinäres, multi-institutionelles Forschungskonsortium.
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From 2013 to January 2017, Tim was ESRC Professorial Research Fellow on Prosperity and Sustainability in the Green Economy (PASSAGE). From 2010 to 2014, he was Director of the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group, a multi-institution research group funded by the UK Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, ESRC and the Scottish Government. From 2006 to 2011 he was Director of the ESRC Research group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE). From 2003 to 2005, he held a Professorial Research Fellowship on the social psychology of sustainable consumption and from 1995 to 2000 he held an EPSRC fellowship on the Thermodynamics of Clean Technologies.
Tim has served in an advisory capacity for numerous Government departments, Intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, private sector companies, and delivery agencies. His work includes advisory roles for: UNEP (on sustainable consumption and production and sustainable lifestyles); UN DESA (on green economy and on the Sustainable Development Goals); UNIDO and the ILO (on cleaner production), the European Environment Agency (on sustainable consumption and green GDP), the European Parliament (on sustainable consumption and on nuclear fusion), the US EPA (on waste prevention, sustainable consumption and behaviour change), the New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (on sustainable consumption and lifestyles). He was a member of the Carbon Trust’s Technical Advisory Group on Carbon Labelling and was involved in the Carbon Trust/British Standards Institute PAS 2050 process on carbon labelling. From 2005 to 2010 he provided extensive advice to Defra, BIS, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office, UNEP, and the European Commission on issues related to sustainable consumption, behavioural change and economics. From June 2004 to March 2006 he was the sole academic representative on the UK Sustainable Consumption Round Table.
Since 2002, Tim has been a member of the Advisory Board for the Danish ‘New Energy Solutions’ investment fund and since May 2007 he has been Chair of the Advisory Board. Since 2009, he has served on the Advisory Committee on Global Responsible Investment for Aviva Investors and from 2012 he has served on the Advisory Committee of Alliance Trust’s Sustainable Futures Funds. Since 2016, he has been a member of the Board of the KR Foundation and a member of the Advisory Board of the Wellcome Trust’s Our health; our planet initiative. He was founding co-editor of the journal Climate Policy and has served on the editorial boards of Energy Policy, Climate Policy, Resources Conservation and Recycling, and the Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society.
From 2004 to 2011, Tim was Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), where he led the Commission’s work on redefining prosperity, sat on the UK Government’s Sustainable Consumption Roundtable and contributed to the UK’s 2005 Sustainable Development Strategy. His work for the SDC culminated in the publication of his groundbreaking book Prosperity without Growth which has subsequently been translated into 17 foreign languages. A substantially revised second edition has been published recently.
Tim is an experienced writer, speaker and broadcaster. He has given more than 200 international keynote presentations and appears regularly in the UK and international media. Recent media engagements include BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory, BBC Panorama, BBC Wales, BBC Northern Ireland, interviews for Danish TV2, Swedish Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and an extended interview on US National Public Radio. His long-running involvement with the BBC Newsnight’s Ethical Man series during 2006-7 culminated in a special edition of the prime-time Panorama programme in March 2007 with an audience of 3.5 million. The programme charted the progress of Newsnight reporter Justin Rowlatt and his family as they reduced their direct carbon footprint by 40% in the space of single year, with Prof Jackson’s guidance. In November 2007, BBC World broadcast two compilations of the Ethical Man series to 150 countries worldwide, with an estimated audience of 50 million people. Tim’s 2010 TEDTalk on an Economic Reality Check has been viewed over a million times with subtitles in 27 languages.
Tim’s dramatic writing has helped bring scientific controversies to a wider audience. With radio producer Janet Whitaker he has explored the complexity of altruism and the controversy of ivory poaching. For former Archers producer Vanessa Whitburn he wrote a 30 episode environmental thriller series exploring the conflict between environment and development. He has also collaborated closely with drama producer Peter Leslie Wild and documentary producer Rosie Boulton to pioneer new forms of drama- documentary for radio, focusing on the works of artists, writers, and musicians.
Awards for Tim’s radio work include the following: Variations won the 2007 Grand Prix Marulić and was long-listed for the 2008 Sony awards; The Language of Flowers won the 2004 Prix Marulić; The Cry of the Bittern won a Public Awareness of Science (PAWS) Drama Award in 1997; A Rose on the Obverse was a finalist in the Sunday Times Student Drama Festival in 1985.
In 2011, Tim was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Université Catholique de Louvain; in 2012, he was elected as a member of the Belgian Royal Academy; and in 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton. In 2016, Prof Jackson was awarded the Hillary Laureate for exceptional international leadership in sustainability.