Centre for Environment and Sustainability

Practitioner doctorate in sustainability

The unique Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability programme offers a major collaborative opportunity.

Through this programme, the Centre for Environment and Sustainability partners with major industry leaders to jointly engage a high calibre postgraduate researcher (“Doctoral Practitioner” or “DP”), to be based with the industrial partner (“Partnering Organisation”) for at least two years. The DP will work on a specific research brief which has been developed in partnership, and is designed to resolve current industry issues and contribute to the academic body of knowledge.

From left: Professor G Q Max Lu, Professor Chris France, Dr Jacquetta Lee and Professor Richard Murphy

The Annual PDS (Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability) Conference as part of the CES Showcase 2016

For over 20 years CES has been home to a series of pioneering doctoral programmes in sustainability which enable organisations to work closely with high calibre doctoral practitioners on dedicated co-developed  projects while drawing on the facilities and expertise of CES and the wider university academic community.  
The second day of the 2016 CES Open Event showcased the Annual Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability (PDS) and Engineering Doctorate programme in Sustainability and Energy Systems Conference.  This provided an invaluable opportunity for doctoral practitioners and research engineers to present their research findings, share ideas and network with industry and other academics.  The research presented covered a range of industry sectors and included collaborative research being done at IKEA, Carillion plc, Rolls Royce, Unilever and Thames Water.  Joss Tantram, from Terrafiniti,  gave the key note lecture on ‘Exploring Rejuvenative Technology & Enterprise’.

A wonderful event exhibiting the breadth and depth of excellent research within the programme and demonstrating the future benefits for industry

PDS director, Dr Jacquetta Lee.