This paper explores the implications of treating sustainable development as a feature of the design and implementation of concrete technical projects, rather than as an abstract line of thinking about possible futures. In such ventures, human dimensions of sustainability, like managing conflicting interpretations and coping with divergent plans and perspectives, become core questions for the professionals involved. The paper describes four common dilemmas that shape this process and discusses their persistent influence on professional practice. The paper argues that confronting these problems will lead engineers to approach technical projects as arenas for learning and problem-oriented negotiation. The conclusion reviews practical strategies that engineers and other professionals may employ to cope with the complexities of integrating sustainability into their practice.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Mar 2011|
- Codes of practice &standards
- Project management