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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

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Extreme Sleepover: Keeping the lights on in rural Uganda

last modified Feb 24, 2015 10:36 AM
Extreme Sleepover: Keeping the lights on in rural Uganda

Photo: Hirmer

PhD student and ESD MPhil alumni (11-12) Stephanie Hirmer has an article published in "Research Horizons." The article "Extreme Sleepover: Keeping the lights on in rural Uganda"  (page 34, issue 26)  talks about her PhD research looking at the locals real needs and desires as a key element in overcoming the lack of technology uptake in rural Uganda.

Key Themes of the Course

Context

The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.

Perspectives

An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions

Change

An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.

Tools

An awareness of a range of assessment frameworks, sustainability metrics and methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Dynamics, Multi-Criteria Decision making and Impact Assessment.