Designing for sustainability Faculty of Engineering & Science

Optimising our use of nature's limited resources

We live on a ball of rock, floating through space. From this perspective it can be seen that there is clearly a finite limit to the resources available to us. Consequently, it is important that we make the most efficient and effective use of those resources wherever possible. Our view of sustainability is that this extends far beyond the stereotypical focus on renewables and recycling. To be truly effective, we need to look at whole-life considerations, including the energy taken to construct and decommission and the energy involved in transportation and installation. Smarter monitoring and maintenance, more durable designs, lower energy consumption across the whole life and increased longevity are all methods for improving the overall sustainability of the world around us.


Topics covered by this research theme include (but are not limited to):

  • Increasing longevity and efficiency of products and systems
  • Resource management
  • Innovative materials / design
  • Whole systems modelling
  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable power and storage
  • Smart grids and micro-power generation
  • Hazard and pollution remediation
  • Alternative fuel sources

Members of staff

PhD Students

  • Ghofran Salah