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ESD MPhil Alumni Conference held 18th July 2014

last modified May 16, 2019 07:19 PM
ESD MPhil Alumni Conference held 18th July 2014

Mara-Tafadzwa Makoni (2011-12)

The ESD Alumni conference was held on 18th July 2014 at the Department of Engineering, Cambridge. There were 11 speakers at the event ranging from Nick Wordsworth who was a student on the first MPhil programme (2002-03) to Dev Tayal and Caroline Brown  from last year's MPhil.

There were four sessions; Tools to get the job done, Energy focus, Industry focus and Development focus.

It was a fascinating day and exicting to hear what the students are doing after the MPhil programme.

Thanks go to Alex Coulton (2011 -12) for organising the event.

Photo credit: Owen

Tea at ESD MPhil Alumni Conference 2014

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.