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Addressing Tipping Points for a Precarious Future$

Timothy O'Riordan and Timothy Lenton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265536

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265536.001.0001

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(p.xxi) Contributors

(p.xxi) Contributors

Addressing Tipping Points for a Precarious Future
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  • Tim O’Riordan

    is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Norfolk, a Fellow of the British Academy, and received an OBE in 2010. Email: t.oriordan@uea.ac.uk

  • Tim Lenton

    is Professor of Climate Change and Earth System Science at the University of Exeter. He holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and is a Fellow of the Geological Society, the Linnean Society, and the Society of Biology. Email: t.m.lenton@exeter.ac.uk

  • Sir Crispin Tickell GCMG KCVO,

    a former British Permanent Representative to the United Nations, is a member of the Advisory Council of the Martin School at Oxford University. He is the author of many papers and books on environmental and international issues. Email: ct@crispintickell.net

  • David Atkinson

    retired as Bishop of Thetford in 2009. After doctoral work in organic chemistry, he was ordained in the Church of England, then a Fellow of Corpus Christi College Oxford, Canon of Southwark Cathedral, and Archdeacon of Lewisham. He serves on the Board of Operation Noah. Email: davidatkinson43@virginmedia.com

  • Mike Barry

    is Head of Sustainable Business at Marks and Spencer, helping drive forward their sustainability plan, Plan A. He believes that business is reaching a tipping point, where ‘less bad’ is no longer good enough. The real, practical challenges of responding to resource competition, extreme weather, new social expectations, greater transparency and new economic models based around the sharing/circular economy mean that business has to strike out and build a new, better approach, one that delivers social, environmental and economic benefit in equal measure.

  • Emily Boyd

    is Reader in Geography, University of Reading. (p.xxii)

  • Paul Brown

    is co-editor of the Climate News Network, an internet service providing daily news of the science and politics of climate change for journalists. He is a former environment correspondent of the Guardian and Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge. Email: paulbrown5@mac.com

  • Ian Christie

    is a Fellow of the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, Guildford. He has worked for many years on sustainable development and environmental issues in central and local government, business consultancy, and think tanks in the UK.

  • Charles Clarke

    is a former Cabinet Minister. After 25 years in active politics, he became a Visiting Professor in Politics at the University of East Anglia, where he organised the ‘Too Difficult Box’ series of lectures (see www.charlesclarke.org).

  • Keith Clarke

    is a qualified architect with nearly 50 years’ experience in city planning and the design and construction of buildings and major infrastructure throughout the world. Until recently he was the CEO of the largest consulting engineering consultancy in the UK, WS Atkins, a FTSE 250 company.

  • Andrew Dobson

    is Professor of Politics at Keele University. Email: a.n.h.dobson@keele.ac.uk

  • Paul Ekins

    is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London. He received a UNEP Global 500 Award for ‘outstanding environmental achievement’ in 1994 and was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, 2002–2008.

  • John Elkington

    is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Volans (2008), and co-founder of Environmental Data Services (ENDS) (1978) and SustainAbility (1987). He is author or co-author of eighteen books, most recently The Zeronauts: Breaking the Sustainability Barrier (Oxford: Earthscan/Taylor & Francis, 2012).

  • Giles Foden

    is a novelist (The Last King of Scotland, Turbulence) and Professor of Creative Writing at UEA. He was rapporteur to workshops of the European Commission’s Global Systems Dynamics and Policies co-ordination action (2008–2010).

  • Laurence Freeman

    is Director of Meditatio. (p.xxiii)

  • Toby Gardner

    is a research fellow in the Zoology Department of the University of Cambridge, as well as a visiting researcher at the Goeldi Museum and the International Institute for Sustainability in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the time of writing Dr Gardner co-leads the Sustainable Amazon Network (www.redeamazoniasustentavel.org), a multi-disciplinary research initiative aimed at understanding challenges and opportunities facing land-use sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon.

  • Patricia Howard

    is Research Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and Honorary Professor in the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent in the UK, working on the relations between biodiversity and human well-being. She leads the Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Project ‘Human Adaptation to Biodiversity Change’.

  • John Ingram

    is ‘Food Security Leader’ for the Natural Environment Research Council, and is based in the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. His main interest is the interaction between food systems and environment.

  • Tim Lang

    is Professor of Food Policy at City University London’s Centre for Food Policy. The Centre studies food systems through the lens of public health, environment, citizenship, and social justice, exploring whether and how policy reflects these concerns. Email: t.lang@city.ac.uk

  • Thomas Lingard

    is Global Advocacy Director at Unilever. He also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability, the Oxfam Association, and the International Advisory Committee of the STEPS Centre at the University of Sussex. He was previously Deputy Director of the policy think tank Green Alliance.

  • Amanda Long

    is Executive Officer, Marketing, Membership and Media at the East of England Co-Operative.

  • Sara Parkin

    is Founder Director of Forum for the Future, Board member of the European Training Foundation, and former Co-secretary of the European Greens. She was awarded an OBE for services to education and sustainability in 2001. Her latest book is The Positive Deviant: Sustainability Leadership in a Perverse World. Email: saraparkinoffice@forumforthefuture.org

  • Joe Ravetz

    is Co-Director of the Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology at Manchester, and leads on sustainable cities and regions. A former (p.xxiv) architect/planner, he is also a graphic facilitator, foresight trainer and policy adviser. His books include City-Region 2020 and the forthcoming Urban 3.0: Synergistic Pathways for a One Planet Century.

  • Jonathan Sinclair-Wilson

    was for 20 years Managing Director of Earthscan, the leading English-language publisher on sustainable development.

  • Joe Smith

    is Senior Lecturer in Environment at the Open University, and works on environmental policy and communications. He has worked extensively with the BBC since the mid-1990s and is also Director of the historic clock-making company Smith of Derby Ltd. Email: joe.smith@open.ac.uk

  • Matthew Taylor

    became Chief Executive of the RSA in November 2006. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister, and Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research between 1999 and 2003.

  • Camilla Toulmin

    is Director of IIED, the International Institute of Environment and Development. An economist by training, she has worked mainly in Africa on agriculture, land, climate and livelihoods, mixing research, policy analysis and advocacy. She is Board chair of ICARDA, Trustee of the Franco-British Council, and sits on the Advisory Boards of the Grantham Institute London, and IDDRI Paris.