Teaching sustainable development to engineering students

Slobodan Perdan (Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, Surrey, UK)
Adisa Azapagic (Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Surrey, Surrey, UK, and)
Roland Clift (Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, Surrey, UK)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Publication date: 1 December 2000


Sustainable development is a complex concept which concerns a wide range of social, techno‐economic and environmental issues. Without addressing all these dimensions, teaching of sustainable development would not be complete. Therefore, taught modules and teaching materials for engineering students should include not only technological analysis and economic evaluation, but also environmental and social considerations. This paper outlines the way in which a multidisciplinary approach to teaching sustainability has been embodied in learning programmes and activities in engineering at the University of Surrey, UK. More specifically, it describes a project to develop a comprehensive IT‐based learning resource comprising a set of multidisciplinary case studies and support material in order to aid engineering students in understanding the concepts inherent in sustainability and how solutions can be developed.



Perdan, S., Azapagic, A. and Clift, R. (2000), "Teaching sustainable development to engineering students", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 1 No. 3, pp. 267-279. https://doi.org/10.1108/14676370010378176

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