The Robert Gordon University

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Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen has been a key player in marine renewable energy research since 1996, working with many of the leading technology developers, as well as academics and governments, on a global basis.

Since 2013, the Centre for Understanding Sustainability in Practice (CUSP) has received over £1.5 million research funding for renewable energy projects from private funders, industry and governments and has worked in many diverse regions, from UK to west Africa to South East Asia . The expanding research team is currently involved in marine energy policy and strategy in Indonesia, appropriate technology development, energy resource assessment and knowledge transfer between UK and Indonesia

Closer to home, CUSP worked with Aberdeen City Council to produce the baseline emissions inventory and energy analysis for the city of Aberdeen as a supporting part of the regional sustainable energy action plan, and identifies the behaviour change implications of sustainable development including the social and business demands of using new technologies and intelligent buildings.

The university now includes renewable energy within the study of options for its engineering undergraduates, and the innovative ‘energy portfolio’ of MSc. courses combines environmental engineering with energy exploration. The MSc portfolio has been further enhanced in 2015 with accreditation by the Energy Institute  of our courses in offshore renewables and energy and sustainability.  This latter course is truly multidisciplinary, combining modules from the Faculty of Health and Social Care and Aberdeen Business School as well as Faculty of Design and Technology.


For further information contact:

Professor John Watson
Dean, Faculty of Design and Technology

Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
AB10 7QB

T: +44(0)1224 263500