While technological change is seen as the root cause of many environmental problems, it is simultaneously viewed as the means of solving such problems.

This course explores technological change as part of positive sum strategies put forward by ecological modernisers. Theories of technological change are reviewed such as evolutionary, path dependent and long wave and used to formulate technology policy to achieve environmental net gain or transition to a low carbon economy. These are then set in practical contexts such as innovation in manufacturing, ecological restoration or low-carbon living.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost


What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the limitations of selected theories of technological change, e.g. linear, induced, path-dependent, and evolutionary,
  • Critically summarise the key trade-offs that occur in achieving technological change and economic development alongside environmental protection,
  • Discuss and present a summary of examples of technological change developed to achieve transition, e.g., to a low carbon economy,
  • Explain technology options and policy initiatives to stimulate transitions, e.g. to a low carbon economy using examples,
  • Concisely justify a proposal for an environmentally beneficial initiative.

Core content

  • Ecological Modernisation, definition, key aspects, objectives and methodology,
  • Development of associated policy frameworks, market failure, the role of governments, policies and mechanisms to address this,
  • Innovation: Technology Development, transfer, adoption and diffusion,
  • Innovation and sustainability, utility which process offers in this context, drivers and barriers,
  • Integrated Sustainable Technology Assessment in context,
  • Clusters, technology road-maps and the development of sustainable technologies.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

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Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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