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Centre for Sustainable Development

Est 2000 - home of the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

Welcome to the CUED Centre for Sustainable Development

The Centre for Sustainable Development in the Cambridge University Engineering Department was established in 2000, following support provided by the Royal Academy of Engineering, to introduce concepts of sustainability over all our undergraduate engineering courses.  The Centre has grown to encompass the delivery of a one-year full-time taught MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development, which was introduced in 2002, and a research community currently covering sustainable development issues in the fields of water, urban flood management, infrastructure resilience, post-disaster recovery, international development, climate change mitigation and adaptation and system dynamic modelling of coupled resource management (see Key Research Themes).

 For engineers to address sustainable development, more options need to be considered and evaluated, and more choice criteria developed, than are often adopted using traditional approaches. Several of these criteria will not be conveniently measurable. Values, as well as mathematics, need to be applied in formulating the trade-offs and compromises involved in engineering decision-making, and these need to be transparent and accountable to a wide constituency of interested parties.  Our work adopts a multi-disciplinary approach and focuses on the context and complexity in which engineering products and services are delivered.


Meet the Team

The Centre is home to four permanent academic staff, two administrators, and a number of research associates, PhD students and Visiting Fellows (for more details please see People).