How does Sustainability apply to your doctoral research topic?

Tackling the challenges of sustainability requires expertise from all disciplines. Find out more about sustainability and how it might be relevant to your PhD topic by taking the mini introductory course.

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Sustainability can be defined as “the capacity for everyone to live well, within the Earth’s ecological limits, now and into the future”. It affects us all, impacting both our private and professional lives. 

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The 17 Goals demonstrate the intrinsic interdisciplinary nature of sustainability – they are applicable across all professions, and are being incorporated into an increasing number of organisations’ core business strategies.

To start investigating how sustainability applies to your topic, all PhD students are encouraged to take the short “Introduction to Sustainability” course.

The mini-course takes around 2 hours to complete.

It is available to all staff and students via SurreyLearn here.

A digital certificate is issued on successful completion.

What does the course cover?

  • Introduction to sustainability and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • The complexity of sustainability issues, taking an interdisciplinary approach  
  • Challenges and solutions for sustainability issues
  • How sustainability is of relevance to every profession
  • How we can become more sustainable in our personal lives.

Start the course now!


Prof Angela Druckman, Director of the Centre for Environment & Sustainability (CES).  22.2.22