About the Project As environmentally and socially focused projects succeed in business and economic terms, a body of evidence gathers to demonstrate that pursuing environmental and social goals could also be financially rewarding. This research will focus on learning from success and failure examples of projects that set out to foster sustainability (particularly the environmental, social, personal, or political aspects of it) through engineering. A learning framework will be developed to: (i) inform engineers on what the good/poor practices and patterns have emerged from the past successes/failures; (ii) how and where these practices and patterns can be reused; (iii) what outcomes could (probably) be expected within each new context from the said reuse. The key aim of the project is to support learning and spread of sustainability-enabling practices and patters in engineering socio-technical systems.
Why Choose this Opportunity What added value or experiences might the student gain as a result of the project (please frame this in a more personal way i.e. ‘You will have the opportunity to’ as opposed to ‘the student will’)? By undertaking this project you will: + have an opportunity to inform (Software) Engineering discipline on the sustainability impact of the software products (through dissipation of own work via conferences and workshop publications); + work as a part of an international research team, participating in meetings and collaborations across the world; + co-author research paper and reports (and, as appropriate, attend international conferences to present own work); + work with industrial and community partners to better understand their own successes and failures, and help share and promote their successes.
About You + Background in Software Engineering is advantageous, but not required, as is + Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative analysis methods. + Good command of English is essential as interviews and case studies will be conducted.
About the programme The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community. Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on: • Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration • Innovation & Enterprise • Making your research a success • Research communications • Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series) You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.
Programme fees per year: UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560 Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100