Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity

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Economic and Social Research Council


The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) is a multi-disciplinary research centre, hosted by the University of Surrey (UK) and funded by the ESRC. The overall objective of CUSP is to explore the economic, environmental, social and governance dimensions of sustainable prosperity and to develop clear, pragmatic steps for enterprise, government and civil society to take, in pursuit of it. The guiding vision at the heart of CUSP’s work is that prosperity consists in the capabilities that people have to flourish as human beings, within the ecological and resource constraints of a finite planet (Sen 1984, Jackson 2009, Cassiers 2014, Victor 2008). CUSP takes as read that the nexus of food-energy-environment constitutes the basis for understanding how sustainability and prosperity relate to and depend on each other.
The CUSP work programme is organised around five core themes: (M)orality and meaning; (A)rts and culture; (P)olitical economy and institutions; (S)ocial and psychological; and (S)ystems analysis. The Institute of Social Ecology (SEC) is involved in the ‘political economy and institutions’ theme and contributes towards elaborating the conceptual and normative outline of an institutional framework for sustainable prosperity.
For further information visit the centre’s website: http://www.cusp.ac.uk/index.html
Effective start/end date1/01/1631/01/18

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