Systems, Society and Sustainability

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CIVIL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND GEOMATIC ENGINEERING

Systems, Society and Sustainability
The global challenge of sustainable development requires solutions and mindsets that bridge traditional divisions between nature and culture, and the technical and social sciences. Sustainable development requires that engineers and other professionals are able to include social and ecological considerations alongside technical and economic requirements in managing projects and infrastructure. This course outlines the challenges of sustainability, introduces some theories which can help think through these challenges more clearly, and applies them to the case of urban water systems.

1. Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course you should be able to: 1. Understand the concept of sustainable development as a response to global crises of ecology and human development 2. Describe the role of engineering systems in achieving sustainable development 3. Outline key features of socio-technical systems and their relevance to the challenge of sustainable development 4. Apply theories of socio-technical systems in analysing the sustainability of urban infrastructure

2. Teaching Staff
Module Co-ordinator Dr Priti Parikh Room 117 Phone 020 7679 7874 Email priti.parikh@ucl.ac.uk

Teaching Assistants Natalie Chan Alessandro Lizzul Reka Solymosi Rachna Leveque

natalie.chan.11@ucl.ac.uk alessandro.lizzul.10@ucl.ac.uk r.solymosi.11@ucl.ac.uk rachna.leveque.10@ucl.ac.uk

3. Course Schedule
Date 2 Oct 9 Oct Lecture topics Required Readings The ecological crisis Sustainable Baker S. (2006) The concept of sustainable development development, Chapter 2 in Sustainable Development London, Routledge, pp. 17-48. Kates, R., Parris, T. and Leiserowitz, A. (2005) What is sustainable development? Goals, indicators, values and practice, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 47(3), pp.9-21. Ecological modernisation Barry J. (2005) Ecological Modernisation, in Dryzek J. S. and Schlosberg D. (eds) Debating the Earth 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 303-321. Bell S., Chilvers A. Hillier J. (2011) The sociotechnology of engineering sustainability Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability 164 pp. 177-184. Tools for Arup and Engineers Against Poverty (EAP), Aspire sustainable – Research and Development Manual, development accessed online on September 2012 Elkington J. (1999) Introduction: Is capitalism sustainable, Chapter 1 in Cannibals With Forks Oxford, Capstone, pp. 17-40. Environmental Hay P. (2002) Ecofeminism, Chapter 3 in A ethics and nature Companion to Environmental Thought Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 72-93. Parikh P., Parikh H. and McRobie A., (2012) The role of infrastructure in improving human settlements, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Urban Design and Planning. Energy crisis and The World Commission on Environment and renewable energy Development. (1987) Energy: Choices for Environment and Development, Chapter 7 in Our Common Future Oxford, Oxford University Press Zerrifi H. (2011) Innovative business models for the scale-up of energy access efforts for the poorest, Current opinion in Environmental Sustainability, pp. 272-278.

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CIVLG018/M011: Systems, Society and Sustainability

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Lecture topics Required Readings Actor-network Callon M. (1986) The Sociology of an Actortheory and socioNetwork: The Case of the Electric Vehicle, in technical systems Callon M., Law J. and Rip, A. (eds) Mappling the Dynamics of Science and Technology London, MacMillan, pp. 19-34. Sismondo S. (2004) Actor-network theory, Chapter 6 in An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies Malden and Oxford, Blackwell Publishing, pp. 51-64. Sustainable consumption infrastructure Shove E. (2003) Consumption, Everyday Life and Sustainability, Chapter 1 in Comfort, Cleanliness and Convenience Oxford,...
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