Guest lecture slides for University of Melbourne course in sustainable engineering.
Covers the following topics:
Key frameworks of understanding for sustainability practice
o Tragedy of the commons
o Elinor Ostrom (Nobel Laureate) on models of governance
o Herbert Simon (Nobel Laureate) on
- Theoretical basis for decision support
- Theory of hierarchically complex systems
o Intersecting theories of organization and knowledge
Engineering for sustainability unavoidably involves understanding the social use of resources
o People, communities and their imperatives
o Social systems & infrastructure
o Knowledge & decision support
Topic 1 ― Sustainability and the “tragedy of the commons”
Infrastructure includes those components of the complex system of systems comprised of the environment and people responsible for mediating the material and energetic interactions of people, systems and their environment.
To successfully engineer infrastructure for sustainability you must understand the human components as well as the environmental components.
Topic 2 ― Theories of organization and knowledge
Physical theories are the basis for structural engineering.Theories of knowledge and organization are the basis for enterprise engineering. Knowledge has a physical basis.