Tim has been at the forefront of international debates about sustainable development for over two decades and has worked closely with the UK Government, the United Nations, and numerous private companies and NGOs to bring social science research into sustainability. His research interests focus on the economic and social aspects of the relationship between people’s lifestyles and the environment.
From 2010 to 2014 Tim was Director of the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group, a multi-institution research group funded by the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The aim of SLRG was to develop a robust understanding of the links between lifestyle, societal values and the environment, and to provide evidence-based advice to policy-makers seeking to influence people’s lifestyles and practices. From 2006 to 2011 he was founding Director of RESOLVE – the research group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment funded by the ESRC.
Tim has written extensively on the complex relationship between economic growth, wellbeing and sustainability. Between 2004 and 2011, he was Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission, where his work culminated in the publication of his controversial best-seller Prosperity without Growth – economics for a finite planet (Routledge/Earthscan 2009).
Since 2010, Tim has been engaged in an ambitious collaborative project to build a new ecological macroeconomics. He and Prof Peter Victor from York University, Canada are developing the conceptual basis for an economy in which stability no longer depends on relentless consumption growth.
Besides his scientific work, Tim Jackson is also a passionate and awarded playwright. He wrote numerous radio plays – inter alia for the BBC.