Richard is carrying out research at the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) on the ‘Meaning of Growth’. Beginning with the question why society remains so attached to the idea of indefinite growth in the face of environmental limits, his research attempts to trace the roots of this idea back to the theological heritage of the modern age. Richard is associate editor of the journal Renewal, and has written for a variety of journals and magazines, as well as a book, Future Ethics (2010). Prior to beginning his PhD (at Goldsmiths, University of London), he has worked as a committee specialist at the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, a senior analyst at the National Audit Office, been a national lay rep for the PCS Union, and contributed to the Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability project.
Two distinct ideas are being promoted to help fix Britain’s broken social security system and badly depleted public services. The first idea – of basic income (BI) – seeks a