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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

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ESD MPhil Dissertation Conference and Annual Dinner 2017

last modified Jul 25, 2017 02:40 PM
Many thanks to all the current students who took part in the annual dissertation conference - 17-19th July 2017.
ESD MPhil Dissertation Conference and Annual Dinner 2017

Photo Credit: Owen

The dissertation topics ranged from the circular economy and industrial symbiosis, transport, urban infrastructure, resource management, water, energy, renewable energy and international development. The best presentation prize was won by Emma for her work on urban resillience in post disaster recovery - a case study on the 2015 Nepal Earthquake. Nathan won the best poster prize, judged by Ryan from the  library, for his poster on household waste flow anaylsis in the UK context.

The annual dinner was held at Gonville and Caius College and welcomed back special guests who had supported the MPhil this year and  32 alumni. The alumni included 1 from the very first year of the MPhil in 2002, 12 from last year and 10 from 2011-12 who were celebrating 5 years since they completed the course.

Key Themes of the Course

Context

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

Perspectives

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

Change

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

Tools

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.