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The Sustainability Matrix is a research tool to gather literature on the sustainability of housing and communities in urban areas. The matrix has two axes; one covers Sustainability Issues, while the other covers Aspects of Housing and Communities.
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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 covering sustainable development issues in the fields of water, waste, sustainable communities, assessment methodologies and fragile nation states.
For engineers to address sustainable development, more options need to be considered and evaluated, and more choice criteria developed, than are often adopted using the traditional approach. 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.
Malcolm Morgan graduated with a First Class degree in Civil Engineering with Sustainability from the University of Warwick in 2011. His PhD research focuses on developing methods to assess the sustainability of houses and communities in urban areas of the UK. The research aims to draw together a wide range of social, environmental, and economic metrics to present a comprehensive view of the sustainability of an area. Malcolm is currently focusing on using Geographical Information System (GIS) software to investigate the use of both space within homes and the disruption of space for different purposes in the city, and how the allocation of space affects sustainability issues.
Malcolm’s research is funded by an EPSRC Doctoral Training Award.