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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

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ESD contribution to International Water Association Book

last modified Jan 28, 2021 10:46 AM
A new book published by the International Water Association (IWA) on "Water-Wise Cities and Sustainable Water Systems: Concepts, Technologies, and Applications" (edited by Wang and Fu) includes a chapter based on the Dissertation of a former Engineering for Sustainable Development MPhil student (2017-2018), Upeshika Heenetigala.

The Chapter is entitled: "Building resilience in water supply infrastructure in the face of future uncertainties: Insight from Cape Town" and is co-authored with Leon Kapetas and Dick Fenner. The chapter develops a multi-criteria analysis based on resilience characteristics to compare possible options to alleviate current and future droughts in Cape Town. Upe is currently in Melbourne and works for CARDNO, a consultancy doing International Development projects.
The Chapter is available at :

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.