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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions


Rachel Carson  Silent Spring   Penguin Classics 2000, (first published 1962)



Donella Meadows et al  The Limits to growth  Club of Rome Report, Earth Island, 1972



James Lovelock Gaia A new look at life on Earth Oxford University Press 1995 (first

published 1982)



World Commission on Environment and Development  Our Common Future Oxford University Press 1987



Donella Meadows et al, Beyond the Limits, Earthscan 1992



Paul Hawken, Amory B Lovins, L Hunter Lovins (1999) Natural Capitalism -  The Next Industrial Revolution Earthscan Publications , paperback version 2000   


ISBN 1 85383 763 6


Amaryta Sen (1999) Development as freedom Oxford University Press                



ISBN 0 19 289330 0

Von Weizsacker E, Lovins A.B., Lovins L.H. (1998) Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use, Earthscan Publications  Ltd



David Pearce, Edward B Barbier (2000) Blueprint for a sustainable economy Earthscan Publications Ltd , London



Meadows R., Meadows D.H., (2004) The Limits to Growth: The 30 Year Global Update Chelsea Green Publishing Company



Course Overview


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.