Industrial Ecology

Master´s Degree Programme, 2 Years, Trondheim

Industrial Ecology

– Learning outcome

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Learning outcome

Knowledge

The industrial ecologist:

  • Has deep understanding of concepts of industrial ecology and environmental sustainability, and in particular climate change mitigation, and how to support transition to sustainability in the frame of the sustainable development goals (UN SDGs)
  • Has advanced knowledge of analytical approaches within the field of industrial ecology, including life cycle assessment and life cycle impact assessment, material flow analysis, and input-output analysis.
  • Can describe and discuss strategies for environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation related to circular economy and resource efficiency, biodiversity and ecosystem damages, trade and environment, sustainable production and consumption, and energy, transport and built environment.
  • Can identify and propose opportunities for improved environmental sustainability of products, processes, systems, organisations and policies, including technologies, behaviour, policy, and management options.
  • Has specialized knowledge in one domain of environmental sustainability, depending on thesis topic either ecosystems and bioresources, circular economy and resource efficiency, energy, transport and built environment, or sustainable production and consumption.

Skills

The industrial ecologist:

  • Can critically analyse complex problems related to environmental sustainability, and evaluate given solutions by use of systems approaches and life cycle thinking.
  • Can provide information to support decision-making and strategies for environmental sustainability using industrial ecology concepts and analytical approaches, for products, processes, technologies, societal systems, organizations and policies.
  • Has specialized skills in one domain of industrial ecology, depending on thesis topic either life cycle assessment, life cycle impact assessment, material flow analysis or environmental input-output analysis.
  • Can critically review and communicate the thinking and conclusions of studies within industrial ecology and environmental sustainability to specialists and non-specialists.
  • Can actively participate in research and development within the field of industrial ecology and environmental sustainability, and contribute to all parts of the research process from idea creation, definition of research questions and the methods to address them, complete the research activity and define further research needs.

General competence

The industrial ecologist:

  • Understands the perspectives of life cycle and systems thinking and is able to adapt them according to the practical context of a given environmental sustainability problem.
  • Reflects on scientific, social and ethical responsibilities and aspects of their work, particularly in the frame of the UN sustainable development goals.
  • Is able to study and keep updated on developments within industrial ecology and environmental sustainability.
  • Can work independently and conduct their own research.
  • Can contribute actively in groups of different international and interdisciplinary composition.