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Centre for Sustainable Development

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

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Dr Kristen MacAskill

Dr Kristen MacAskill is a Lecturer in Engineering, Environment and Sustainable Development at the Department of Engineering. This follows nearly 3 years as Course Director for the Construction Engineering Master's programme, a part-time programme also hosted by the Department. She originally trained as a civil engineer and completed a Master's in Engineering Management at Canterbury University, New Zealand. She also obtained an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development and a PhD from Cambridge. 

Before returning to a role in academia, Kristen worked for several years as a consulting engineer in both the water and transport sectors. Her experience covers various areas of infrastructure development, including: strategic level options assessment, post-earthquake damage assessment, infrastructure design, project management and sustainability assessment. She is currently a lead member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Resilience Shift – an international programme funded by Lloyd's Register Foundation and hosted by Arup, with the goal of facilitating a shift towards resilience in critical infrastructure sectors.

Dr MacAskill leads the teaching in Resilience, whilst also heading up the CCP programme where student teams work with businesses, NGOs and other stakeholders on consultancy style projects.

Dr Kristen MacAskill in a blue jacket, outdoors.