Doctor of Sustainable Built Environment (DSBE)

The DSBE is structured to support a step by step change in practice by the professions or organsiations, or both, engaged in creating, constructing and developing, enhancing, maintaining, manufacturing, planning, refurbishing or retrofitting, surveying and testing the built environment; with a focus on sustainability for current and future generations. Sustainability in the context of the DSBE covers aspects related to community, or economic, or environmental, or social, or all four. 

The DSBE enables a broad range of professional disciplines to engage in masterminding a change in practice, leading to an enhanced sustainable built environment; focused on buildings, the landscape in which buildings are situated, or components within buildings or the landscape, or indeed people that use the built environment and their health, safety and wellbeing.

The focus for a change in practice or organisational change, or both is flexible and broadly covers one of three types, to include: proposing, implementing, and evaluating change within the professional context; evaluating change that is already happening within the professional context; or gaining a better understanding of the professional context to propose change.

For the Built Environment to be sustainable it must be resilient in order to cope with changing needs, climates, policies, resources and users. Indeed, to enable a sustainable future for people at the building scale through to the neighborhood and urban scale - building design, construction, and their systems must be adaptable and resilient against man-made and natural disasters and environmental change. Furthermore, resource use and management should aim to recycle and reuse. This ethos is applied to many different types of facilities: housing, schools, hospitals, offices, resources.

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Why do a DSBE?

If an individual wishes to pursue a change in their practice or organisation, or to conduct an organisation research and development project which could include to spearhead the efficient use of resources, or to increase performance yet reduce operational costs, or drive and test innovation or competitiveness, or to gain recognition and respect from their wider practioner network at regional, national or international level - then undertaking a Professional Doctorate is one route to achieve these goals and ambitions.

Within a Sustainable Built Environment: Architectural, Building Services Engineering, Conservation, Construction, Development, Environmental Public Health, Housing, Landscape, Planning, Policy Makers, Project Management, and Surveying disciplines could consider developing and implementing a professional change project. 

Examples of projects could include: validating design details to improve efficiency of the building fabric, through monitoring performance on the build stock; developing, implementing and refining key performance indicators to reduce resource use and costs in a building or series of buildings; developing and testing design and construction guides for a novel type of building design or construction system; developing a user guide for dwelling occupants to better manage fuel poverty; developing a new service delivery to increase the number of homes built or repaired in a given time-frame; developing a tool to increase the translation of design details into buildable construction details; developing and testing new fire evacuation strategies to be used by the fire and rescue service and housing associations; developing a mitigation strategy to minimise pollution from construction sites; developing a new construction system and validating by user testing; developing methods to recycle and reuse waste from construction sites; developing methods to recycle water from bio-waste to be reused; developing a community renewable energy strategy. The options are very wide and include all stages the built environment life-cycle and disciplines working in, or engaged in trying to achieve a Sustainable Built Environment.   

A Professional Doctorate should be informed by existing knowledge and/ or theory, and lead to a original and significant contribution to a change in professional practice or organisational practice; within the built environment context.

Programme Structure

The programme is modular and includes four modules across three phases.

Candidates can apply from any country aross the globe, since the majority of supervision and tuition is delievered online; apart from a three day indution at the start of the programme and an annual review day with supervisors. 

 

 

Testimonials

"While working for my employer I had the opportunity to pursue a professional doctorate with Cardiff Metropolitan University. This education path has helped me grow my knowledge and understanding in the field of sustainability, and in particular, the alternative source of water use for this type of building. In addition, I had the opportunity to present my research at various international conferences and develop papers for several journals, which I would have never been able to experience if I wasn’t enrolled in this program. My supervisors were key to this development while providing me with relevant and regular support at the academic and professional level." 

Geraldine Seguela, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Contact Information 

Dr John Littlewood
CSAD Professiona Doctorate Coordinator
Cardiff School of Art and Design
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Western Avenue
Llandaff
CF5 2YB
E: jlittlewood@cardiffmet.ac.uk
T: 02920 416646

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