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Smart Villages Graduate Forum

last modified Oct 19, 2015 02:39 PM

At the Graduate Forum event for Smart Villages (http://e4sv.org/) held in January 2015 six projects were supported and ESD MPhil students and Centre PhD students were involved in three of the successful bids.

Next Billion Research
http://e4sv.org/our-event/cambridge-forum-finalist/2433-2/ (Adam
Hamilton, MPhil; David Pepper; Duncan McNicholl 1st Year PhD; Noura
Wahby; and Samantha Passmore MPhil) performs several functions to
enable top quality product testing with end users in the developing
world.

Mobile Education for Smart Technology
http://e4sv.org/our-event/cambridge-forum-finalist/mobile-education-for-smart-technology/
(Taskeen Adam, MPhil;
David Bowly, MPhil; Jaspreet Singh, MPhil; Kerstin Göpfrich; Moni K.
Gupta; and Kysen Palmer) is a pilot, scalable IT skills program for
rural secondary students in India.

Biogas Digester Pilot Study
http://e4sv.org/our-event/cambridge-forum-finalist/biogas-digester-pilot-study/
(Jorge Moreno; Kean Ng; Muhammad Tayyab Safdar; Songqiao Yao; and
Taskeen Adam, MPhil) seeks to utilise off-grid electricity to
implement a pilot project in Sierra Leone aimed at improving the
livelihoods and incomes of small scale farmers by processing fresh
tomatoes into canned tomato paste, a high value added product in the
country.

For more information about these winners and the Smart Villages
project, please see the E4SV website.

Image taken from Smart Villages website

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.

 

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