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Find out more about the Sustainable Engineering Group (SEG) at Curtin University, led by Professor Michele John.

Sustainability cycle

Industrial ecology with its circular economy focus and systems perspectives, together with its strategic value for technology development and good governance and policy, ensures that the industrial systems of today provide for sustainable and environmentally acceptable industrial systems of the future.

Modern sustainability management is a multi-faceted challenge for managers and professionals that stretches across many domains. The sustainability management research and teaching at the Sustainable Engineering Group (SEG) at Curtin involves an industrial ecology approach to focus on understanding sustainability issues and how best to manage them.

Why study with the Sustainable Engineering Group?

Sustainability transformation

Our students come from a wide variety of fields (management, engineering, natural sciences) all with an interest in learning how to:

  • Analyse and assess sustainability issues
  • Develop tools for assessing sustainability performance (life cycle assessment, environmental management systems, triple bottom line reporting)
  • Understand the challenges of modern environmental accounting standards
  • Enhance company production through resource efficiency (eco-efficiency, cleaner production, industrial symbiosis)
  • Develop and evaluate a strategic plan for improving sustainability management outcomes within an organisation using circular economy principles
  • Understand the value systems and stewardship programs driving progressive corporate cultures
  • Develop integrated corporate management systems to assist with governance structures and policy development.

Our current teaching and research includes a wide variety of sustainable engineering challenges including industrial production energy efficiency, mining industry waste management, sustainable infrastructure, agricultural  production carbon foot printing right through to sustainability management topics including modern corporate stewardship, language framing in waste management public policy, sustainability accounting and reporting, sustainability governance and the use of data mining tools in sustainability planning.

Our students develop a solid grounding in sustainability management and an understanding in the use of efficient and environmentally acceptable resource outcomes that ensure a sustainable future. They are focused on developing skills that will make them successful sustainability leaders- The next generation of CEO’s and senior managers who will proactively engender sustainability principles and governance in their organisations.

Learn about the Sustainable Engineering Group at Curtin