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MSc Sustainability, Energy and Development (L6K907)

The MSc Sustainability, Energy and Development course enables you to learn how anthropological ideas and approaches are vital for understanding the environmental, social and economic crises of the contemporary world. It teaches how to engage with local knowledge and community-based approaches, rather than rely on global blueprints for sustainable development.

The course is taught by an active, interdisciplinary team involved in world-class research on development issues. We offer comparative knowledge about achieving environmental and social sustainability through participatory approaches and active collaborations with projects for empowerment in the Global South. Our geographical areas of expertise include Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, South Asia, South-East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Melanesia. Staff also help students connect with Durham’s excellent research communities such as the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, and the Durham Energy Institute.

If you have any questions about this course, contact the course leaders Dr Pauline Destree and Prof Simone Abram

University student
"The MSc Sustainability, Energy and Development programme has built my capacity to critically analyse the variety of interdisciplinary issues mitigating a seamless energy transition and climate action. I have been empowered with the right skills and confidence to express my thoughts on how we can use interdisciplinary approaches to solve these problems"

Jeremiah Thoronka
MSc Sustainability, Energy and Development
University student
"This programme puts Anthropology in conversation with many other disciplines in order to face big global challenges and to look at how we can learn from other ways of thinking"

Dr Ben Campbell
Programme Leader