EPECentre Seminar Series

It Starts Here and Now – Because we are smarter than bacteria


Prof Susan Krumdieck, Heriot-Watt University and Adjunct at UC


28 September 2022


We’ve emerged from two years of lockdowns into a world of massively rising energy prices, looming water and food shortages, widespread extreme drought and floods and the spectre of wars. The real limits to business as usual are becoming harder to ignore. Is there any way to shift from our current self-destructive path to a stable environment and a balanced economy, and even a vision of a world with work and housing for everyone?

Yes there is, say the pioneers in the new field of transition engineering, developed to tackle big complex global problems in a systematic, local way – to navigate our way out of new crises, and to change the climate catastrophe course. The last opportunity is right now. It is time for absolute clarity on the mechanisms for shifting to a human-safe future trajectory and how we will do it. 

To find out more about it, we are joined by one of the co-founders of the Global Association for Transition Engineering – Professor Susan Krumdieck, Professor of Energy Transition Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. 

Professor Susan Krumdieck (MNZM) is a pioneer in the emerging field of Transition Engineering, with a focus on change management and downshifting unsustainable activities. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury, where she has taught courses in energy and mechanical engineering for over 20 years. She has more than 30 years in energy systems engineering including renewable energy, efficiency, hydrogen and carbon capture technologies.