Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the ESRC Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE). The group’s aim is 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. He also directs the newly-awarded Defra/ESRC Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG).
Tim Jackson has served in an advisory capacity for numerous Government departments and delivery agencies, including: the Cabinet Office (on Low Carbon Technologies and on ‘Renewable Energy and Resource Productivity’), HM Treasury (on well-being), BERR (on sustainable consumption and consumer policy), Defra (on sustainable consumption and production, well-being, behavior change, market transformation, energy efficiency, and the politics of posterity), DfT (on travel behaviors), the Home Office (on consumer behavior and behavioral change), the Carbon Trust (on carbon footprints and carbon labeling), the Environment Agency (on resource productivity, waste management, and behavior change), and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (on renewable energy). He has provided research, consultancy and advice to a variety of international organizations including: UNEP (on sustainable consumption and production and sustainable lifestyles), 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 behavior change), the New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (on sustainable consumption and lifestyles).
For over twenty years, Jackson has been at the forefront of research and teaching in sustainability. In 1988, he pioneered a least-cost approach to carbon abatement for Friends of the Earth. In 1996, he co-authored (with Nic Marks) the first Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare for the UK and has continued to work closely with the New Economics Foundation and others on measures of sustainable wellbeing at national and regional levels. During the last decade, he has led numerous research and policy initiatives on sustainable consumption and production in the UK and abroad. In 2006, he published the Earthscan Reader on Sustainable Consumption. Tim led the team which developed the Surrey Environmental Lifestyle Mapping (SELMA) model used to estimate the UK's 'carbon footprint' for the Carbon Trust. He is a co-author of the World Watch Institute's influential State of the World 2008 on sustainable economies. He led the SDC’s Redefining Prosperity program and authored the controversial report, later published by Earthscan as Prosperity without Growth – economics for a finite planet.