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Can Our Economies Grow Forever? - Paul Ekins TedxUCL Talk

Can Our Economies Grow Forever? - Paul Ekins TedxUCL Talk

02 February 2016


As human economies grow, they use more and more natural resources and increase their impacts of the environment. The question arises as to whether continuing economic growth is a realistic objective on a finite planet. Theoretically it is possible for economic growth to continue indefinitely and in some places economic ...

UCL ISR Director Joins Colleagues in Warning Over EU Exit

UCL ISR Director Joins Colleagues in Warning Over EU Exit

28 January 2016

Prof Paul Ekins OBE, Professor of Resource and Environmental Economics and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, has joined colleagues from a range of environmental fields in warning the UK government that an exit from the Europe Union (EU) would be damaging for Britain's environment.

New report by UCL ISR 'UK Energy Policy: Politicisation or Rationalisation?'

New report by UCL ISR 'UK Energy Policy: Politicisation or Rationalisation?'

UCL ISR launches a new report on the UK Energy Policy to coincide with the release of the UK Committee on Climate Change 5th Carbon Budget today. 

Fully funded PhD Studentship Opportunity at UCL ISR

Fully funded PhD Studentship Opportunity at UCL ISR

Fully funded PhD Studentship mixed-method evaluations in the Environment-Energy Nexus

Prof Paul Ekins responds to the government's announcement to close UK coal-fired power stations

Prof Paul Ekins responds to the government's announcement to close UK coal-fired power stations

UCL ISR Director Prof Paul Ekins OBE, responds to the government’s announcement to close the remaining UK Coal fired power station by 2025. Prof Paul Ekins also comments on the UK energy ...

John Cridland Appointed Visiting Professor at UCL ISR

John Cridland Appointed Visiting Professor at UCL ISR

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources is pleased to announce that UCL has appointed Dr John Cridland CBE, outgoing Director-General of the CBI as a Visiting Professor.

Dr Cridland will be working with ...

Paul Ekins’ interview on the circular economy published on the European Commission’s website

Paul Ekins’ interview on the circular economy published on the European Commission’s website

Professor Paul Ekins OBE, Director of UCL ISR and a member of the UN Environment Programme's International Resource Panel, was recently interviewed by the European Commission on the circular economy. 

ISR PhD Opportunities 2015/16

ISR PhD Opportunities 2015/16

Fully funded PhD Studentship in econometric modelling

Future Energy Blog - UK energy policy: rationalisation or politicisation?

Future Energy Blog - UK energy policy: rationalisation or politicisation?

"The conservative government inherited a problem in energy policy. So did the coalition government before it', writes Prof Michael Grubb in the first in a series of blogs summarising key lessons about the ...

ISR Professor Responds to Shell Arctic Drilling Decision

ISR Professor Responds to Shell Arctic Drilling Decision

UCL ISR Director Prof Paul Ekins OBE, commented in response to Shell's recent decision to abandon oil drilling operations in the Arctic saying:

Join us: BSEER School Manager

Join us: BSEER School Manager

The School Manager is the senior professional services leader of the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources and all Institutes within the School. The post holder works closely with the School and ...

Join us: 3x Research Associate/Senior Research Associate positions at UCL ISR 

Join us: 3x Research Associate/Senior Research Associate positions at UCL ISR 

Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Green-WIN) 

Love Food, Hate Waste - Poster Competition

Love Food, Hate Waste - Poster Competition

Calling all UCL students, this is your chance to help make a difference.

Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change launches landmark report

Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change launches landmark report

The Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, written by experts from around the world, today reports three key findings:

UCL ISR Professor responds to Pope’s encyclical

UCL ISR Professor responds to Pope’s encyclical

Professor Michael Grubb, Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources has responded to Pope Francis’s encyclical announced today:

Prof Paul Ekins Awarded Honorary Degree

Prof Paul Ekins Awarded Honorary Degree

Prof Paul Ekins, Director of UCL ISR, has been awarded a Doctor of Science Honorary Degree from Keele University in recognition of his contribution to research into sustainable development.

Resources:Framed Photography Competition Results

Resources:Framed Photography Competition Results

Congratulations to Alex Ma, a student at UCL Geography for his winning image of working tanneries in Marrakesh (above). Alex says of the image:

Global food Security: Call for Papers

Global food Security: Call for Papers

The call for papers for the 2015 BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities/UCL Grand Challenges Symposium on Global Food Security is now open.

ISR staff win UCL Media Award

ISR staff win UCL Media Award

Congratulations to UCL ISR Research Associate, Dr Christophe McGlade (pictured right), and Director, Prof Paul Ekins, who last week won the UCL News Story of the Year award at last week's UCL ...

Research Catalyst Grants - Winner Announcement

Research Catalyst Grants - Winner Announcement

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Research Catalyst Grants funded as part of the  ‘Global Food Security: Adaptation, Resilience and Risk’ symposium theme.

Blogging for British Science Week!

Blogging for British Science Week!


The British Science Week 2015 held ten-day programme to celebrate British science, technology, engineering and maths. The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER) got involved with the celebrations by posting a ...

Launching UCL ISR's New Future Energy Blog

Launching UCL ISR's New Future Energy Blog

"We have known for some time that to limit global warming, some of the world’s fossil fuel reserves are going to have to stay in the ground. All of the carbon dioxide ...

Role of shale gas in UK low-carbon transition should not be taken for granted, say experts

Role of shale gas in UK low-carbon transition should not be taken for granted, say experts

Academics from University College London and the University of Warwick will today publish an opinion piece based on research funded by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) advising policymakers that, because of continuing ...

Research Catalyst Grants

Research Catalyst Grants

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources and UCL Grand Challenge for Human Wellbeing invite applications for grants of up to £10,000 from UCL staff, as part of the 2015 ‘Global Food Security ...

Study identifies which fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground to avoid dangerous climate change

Study identifies which fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground to avoid dangerous climate change

A third of oil reserves, half of gas reserves and over 80% of current coal reserves globally should remain in the ground and not be used before 2050 if global warming is to ...