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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

Studying at Cambridge

Mara-Tafadzwa Makoni 2011-12

Mara-Tafadzwa Makoni, Hughes Hall 2011-12

See the article below written by Paul Hutton about Mara Makoni, ESD MPhil 11-12, in Smart Highways Magazine.

Dissertation title:

The relationship between aid effectiveness and sustainable urban water supply and sanitation service delivery in rebuilding fragile states: Zimbabwe as a case study

Mara-Tafadzwa Makoni 2011-12

Key Themes of the Course

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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.