Understanding total systems thinking approach for sustainable water and sanitation delivery.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationThree days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£870

Course structure

This course is delivered via a mixture of lectures, workshops and practical sessions. During this short course, you will be joined by full-time and part-time students from our master's and PhD courses, creating a dynamic and interactive experience.

What you will learn

This course aims to use dynamic systems analysis (mapping) to gain clarity about the WASH environment as a dynamic complex system of social, physical and institutional factors. It will help you identify and engage opportunities to gain leverage and move towards sustainability by applying total systems thinking tools. It also provides an approach to effectively learn and adapt your understanding of the whole WASH system to both urban and rural contexts.

Core content

  • An introduction to systems thinking approach in WASH and evaluating how the WASH environment operates as a complex, dynamic system,
  • Develop an appropriate strategy to engage the system in order to have a highly leveraged impact for sustainable WASH,
  • Assumptions and hypotheses about how our WASH system works, including learnings and effective adaptation measures,
  • Developing and creating a rich picture, inter-relationship digraphs and surfacing causal loop diagrams (CLD),
  • Optional pre-work for this course involves downloading the free student version of Vensim® Software to practice drawing diagrams which will be discussed in-class during the course.


Dr May Sule

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.

Further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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