Aims/Description: Activities focused on developing and broadening interdisciplinary knowledge of, and capacity to, apply research in fossil energy technologies to solve problems in a range of global settings. This module enables students to develop an understanding of technical and social issues surrounding energy, the environment, climate change, development and socioeconomic agendas in different cultural settings (China and the UK) with focus on national and international policy relevance. Students must build on their knowledge and understanding provided throughout the EngD research training to demonstrate critical thinking and multidisciplinary engagement aimed at finding novel solutions to real world problems in fossil energy.This unit is a Compulsory module of the Doctor of Engineering (EngD) in Carbon Capture and Storage, and Cleaner Fossil Energy (CCSCFE) offered jointly by Nottingham, Birmingham, Loughborough, Sheffield and the British Geological Survey through the DTC.

Restrictions on availability: This module contributes to the doctoral training programme run by EPSRC CCSCFE Doctoral Training Centre led by the University of Nottingham in collaboration with Birmingham, Loughborough and Sheffield.

Staff Contact: Prof. Lin Ma
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Individual presentation 25% research proposal Presentation 2, 75% Group presentation on global issues in fossil energy and potential solutions

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