Cameron Hepburn

ESRC Sustainable Prosperity Workshop

Event Details

Sustainable prosperity: the social science and economy of the nexus

Scoping workshop

Location: British Academy, London SW1Y 5AH
Date: 20 February 2014

The ESRC and British Academy (BA) (external website) are co-hosting a unique scoping workshop designed to explore issues around sustainable prosperity. This interactive event aims to bring a diverse range of people and perspectives together to discuss novel ideas and fresh approaches to the issue of building an economy that fosters sustainable prosperity.


For the ESRC, this event on sustainable prosperity is a key part of a suite of research initiatives around the social science challenges of the energy, environment and food nexus which ESRC is taking forward, working with a range of partners. For the British Academy the event forms part of a series of work being undertaken by the Academy over the next few years to reconsider fundamental questions around society’s wellbeing and new democratic settings.

The objectives of this event are as follows:

  • To foster a debate around sustainable prosperity, informed by a diverse set of perspectives and disciplines, including a broad range of interested stakeholders from academia, policy circles, business and the third sector
  • To explore new potential framings of established economic, social and governance models in the context of the issues raised by sustainable prosperity
  • To identify new conceptual and practical tools that might support sustainable prosperity
  • To gauge the state of current knowledge and capacity, and to identify new forms of research, and learning that is needed to transform understanding of this space
  • To inform policy and practice about the challenges and opportunities of sustainable prosperity.