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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

Studying at Cambridge


Useful Web sites

 The Sustainable Development Research Network


United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development


Worldwatch Institute


Welcome to the Engineering for a Sustainable Future Professional Network     (IEE)


DEFRA - Sustainable Development


The Centre for Sustainable Design


UNED Forum


United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 21


The International Institute for Sustainable Development


Forum for the Future


Rocky Mountain Institute


Responsible Business


Global Reporting Initiative: A common framework for sustainability reporting


European Environment Agency


The Global Development Research Centre: Urban Environmental Management


Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives (ZERI)


Global Footprint Network


The Natural Step


Builders without Borders







Key Themes of the Course

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


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


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


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.