Tuesday Sep 05, 2023

Playwriting Panel with Tim Jackson

Live recording from NZISF 2023

Content warning: some excerpts played in this recording contain dramatised themes of sex, and suicide.

Tim Jackson is a versatile dramatist with numerous BBC radio-writing credits, which have helped bring scientific controversies to a wider audience. For example, he has explored the complexity of altruism, the controversy of ivory poaching, and has written an environmental thriller series exploring the conflict between the environment and development.

Otago University Associate Professor in Theatre Studies Hilary Halba and Playwriting Fellow Amanda Faye Martin join Tim for a discussion around writing science and environmental issues into narrative, featuring extracts from Tim's plays.

Tim Jackson is an ecological economist and writer. Since 2016 he has been Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) at the University of Surrey in the UK. From 2004 to 2011 he was Economics Commissioner for the UK Sustainable Development Commission where his work culminated in the publication of Prosperity without Growth (2009/2017) which was subsequently translated into 18 foreign languages worldwide. It was named as a Financial Times ‘book of the year’ in 2010 and was UnHerd’s economics book of the decade in 2019. His latest book Post Growth–life after capitalism was published by Polity Press in 2021 and won the 2022 Eric Zencey Prize for Economics. In 2016, Tim was awarded the Hillary Laureate for exceptional international leadership in sustainability. In addition to his academic work, Tim is an award-winning dramatist with numerous radio-writing credits for the BBC.

The New Zealand International Science Festival is excited to host Prof Jackson this year which has been made possible thanks to the support of the British Council New Zealand and the Pacific.

This talk was recorded live on 8 July 2023 as part of the New Zealand International Science Festival

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