School of Earth and Environment

Andrew  Fanning Dr Andrew Fanning

Marie Curie Research Fellow

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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I conduct transdisciplinary research in the field of Ecological Economics focused on the links between (un)sustainable resource use and social performance. My research aims to identify the changes needed to maintain or enhance human well-being in a world where the environmental pressures of economic activity are kept within planetary boundaries. I am interested in the technological, political, behavioural, and ethical implications of alternative "provisioning systems" that achieve high levels of well-being with sustainable levels of resource use across multiple scales (households, cities, nations). I am the recipient of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship funded by the European Commission for the project "Living Well: Provisioning Systems for Sustainable Resource Use and Human Well-Being" hosted at the Sustainability Research Institute under the supervision of Dr Daniel O'Neill.

Most recently, my colleagues and I have quantified the sustainability of national resource use associated with meeting basic needs in more than 150 countries. Our article was recently published in Nature Sustainability (also available to view here), and I have led the development of an interactive website where you can visualise and explore all our results.

Research Interests

  • Links between resource use and social performance
  • Complex systems and resilience
  • Indicators of sustainability and well-being
  • Steady-state economy, growth and degrowth