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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

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Field study tour to Mid Wales 2017

last modified Apr 12, 2017 12:55 PM
The ESD MPhil students had a successful fieldtrip to Mid Wales at the end of March. The purpose of the Field Trip was to visit a number of organisations dealing largely in Development, Energy, or Sustainable Technologies mostly in the context of mid Wales.
Field study tour to Mid Wales 2017

Photo Credit: Laura Florez-Urazan

The students visited the Severn Trent Water anaerobic digestion plant Coleshill, Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth,  Rhiedol Hydro and Rheidol Wind Farm. They met entrepreneurs from Dulas (solar, biomass, wind and hydro technoloiges) and John Williamson, the architect of Canolfan Hyddgen, which is the first building in the world to achieve BREEAM & Passivhaus certifications simultaneously The students will be reporting back on whether the core activities of these organisations can be scaled up or scaled out to achieve wide sustainability benefits to the UK or the developing world, how would such scaling be achieved and what are the barriers preventing this at present and how can they be overcome?

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.