Centre for Environment and Sustainability

The blog of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey.

PhD students exploring sustainability challenges

Nicola Andreij Rieg, Doctoral Practitioner with the Sustainability and Energy Team at Surrey and Professor Angela Druckman (CES) obtained funding through the Doctoral College’s Building Research Communities competition to organise a two-day workshop for post-graduate researchers. The workshop aimed to create a thriving community while at the same time providing PhD students with a better […]


Planes, trains and automobiles… Can polymer composites help in the quest to secure a sustainable future for these modes of transport?

Planes, trains and automobiles… Can polymer composites help in the quest to secure a sustainable future for these modes of transport? The universally recommended method to decide with scientific certainty is with a life cycle assessment (LCA), collecting all possible material and energy inputs and outputs, throughout a product’s life, from raw materials mining to […]


Can volunteering help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?

By Lia Papazoglou, MSc student at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, March 2019 In June 2018, I attended a conference where Sue Stephenson, Co-founder and Interim CEO of IMPACT2030, presented on designing employee engagement programs that align with the Sustainable Development Goals.  As a newly accepted graduate student, in pursuit of an MSc in […]


Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering

Luke Deamer is a doctoral practitioner in sustainability sponsored by Keller plc, the world’s largest geotechnical specialist contractor. He is 5 months in to his research, investigating how to improve the sustainability of geotechnical engineering. A large part of my research is understanding what drivers and barriers exist for sustainability in geotechnical engineering. As part […]


Whole life thinking, supply networks, SDGs and a waterless urinal

By Erica Russell, Doctoral Practitioner, University of Surrey We all know construction is fragmented, supply networks are complex and sustainability issues are messy and wicked (and yes, they are academic terms too!). This is the world I have explored over the last 3 years, looking at sustainable procurement through the lens of life cycle thinking, […]


2019 Fearless Forecast for the Planet

Blog by Jen Horn, MSc Sustainable Development 2018-2019 Though conversations on environmental sustainability or climate change are usually filled with fear, anxiety, helplessness, and feelings akin to depression, and worst of all apathy, I write today with the intention to spark, sustain and reignite hope. In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released […]


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