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What is Engineering for Sustainable Development?

Engineering for Sustainable Development means:

  • Dealing with complexity...through adopting a systems approach;
  • Dealing with uncertainty...when decision-making in the absence of complete information or evidence;
  • Dealing with challenging orthodoxy and envisioning the future;
  • Dealing with other disciplines...through building multidisciplinary teams;
  • Dealing with people...through consultation processes and negotiation to meet society’s and individual’s needs;
  • Dealing with environmental limits...through seeking efficient resource use, ensuring pollution control and maintaining ecosystem services;
  • Dealing with whole-life considering environmental and social externalities and embracing life-cycle management and
  • Dealing with trade avoiding optimisation around a single variable or viewpoint to create solutions acceptable for all.

The MPhil programme identifies these key aspects are needed when approaching engineering problems from a sustainability perspective and indicates the methods and approaches used to develop the skills required.