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Professor Peter Guthrie

Professor Peter Guthrie

Director

Centre for Sustainable Development

Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge


Biography:

Peter's research is focused on the assessment of large scale projects for sustainability and work has included consideration of mixed developments, mining projects, housing, and educational buildings. He also pursues research in the sustainable development of infrastructure in developing countries, including the challenging the appropriateness of technical standards, waste management, the potential for waste materials to be used as materials in construction, and the engineering of earth roads. He is currently working with FIDIC (Federation of International Consulting Engineers) and has now published a report on sustainability assessment for infrastructure.

He is Director of Research on a research programme on Energy Policy and Efficiency in the Built Environment and supervises PhD research on sustainable development in international development, looking at stakeholder engagement, assessment post hoc, and the role of international consultants.

In 1980, following an assignment working with the Vietnamese Boat People in Malaysia, he was involved in the founding of RedR, a charity that provides engineers and other personnel to relief agencies in disasters.He was a Trustee/Director of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) which is a student inspired organisation which seeks to help students make a contribution to the relief of poverty, and he is now an Advisor.

Keywords

  • the assessment of large scale projects for sustainability including mixed developments, mining projects, housing, and educational buildings
  • the sustainable development of infrastructure in developing countries, including the challenging the appropriateness of technical standards
  • the engineering of earth roads
  • waste management and the potential for waste materials to be used as materials in construction
  • disaster relief