Surrey’s Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) has been awarded more than £750,000 worth of funding by Laudes Foundation to help scale up the way it engages with policymakers and business leaders.
Professor Tim Jackson from the University of Surrey’s Centre of Environment and Sustainability and Director of CUSP said:
“We must go beyond economics to understand what prosperity is and how we can live well in a world without economic growth. Thanks to this funding, we can deepen our research and grow our reputation with policymakers and business leaders. Our mission aligns closely with Laudes Foundation’s commitment to accelerate the transition to a climate-positive and inclusive economy, and our contribution to this shared endeavour is the depth of our academic research and our ability to address not only economic aspects but social, and psychological and moral dimensions of the challenge.”
Over the next three years, the grant funding will allow the organisation to research three key areas:
- The nature of flourishing: understanding how we can prosper and thrive within the limits of a finite planet, ensuring prosperity is inclusive and contributing to both human and planetary health.
- The care economy: articulating the dimensions of a post-pandemic economy built on principles of care, justice, and sustainability.
- Changing places: drawing out the lessons from case studies of change initiatives from specific locations and understanding how to scale them up across society.
Kelly Clark, Director of Finance & Capital Market Transformation at Laudes Foundation said:
“The experts at CUSP have a proven track record of conducting impactful research which has been used by the leading thinkers in climate finance, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Their work has helped bring about an increased interest in defining a new type of thriving and prosperous economy. Laudes Foundation is excited to partner with CUSP as we collectively build coalitions of progressive academic, policy, and practitioner leaders. We are working with them to drive forward change that responds to the dual crises of inequality and climate change and moves us towards a thriving future for people and the planet.”