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Dr Theo Hacking Director of Graduate Programmes & Research Strategy

Dr Theo Hacking, Director of Graduate Programmes & Research Strategy

Dr Theo Hacking is the Director of the Graduate Programmes & Research Strategy at CISL. He is particularly interested in how sustainability can be incorporated into design and decision-making, including the process and tools that can be used to support this.


Before embarking on an academic career Theo spent 15 years working in industry and as a consultant in the fields of environmental management and sustainable development. His initial degrees were a BSc Eng (Civil) and a MSc Eng (Environmental) from the University of the Witwatersrand. From 2003 to 2006 he took a career break to undertake research towards a PhD at the University of Cambridge. His PhD research was conducted at the Centre for Sustainable Development at the Department of Engineering and involved an investigation into the 'Sustainability Assessment' of mining projects. After another short stint working in industry he returned to the Department of Engineering in 2008 as a Senior Research Associate. In this role he oversaw the establishment of an industry-funded research programme into energy efficiency in the built environment, and supervised research by Masters and PhD candidates.

Theo joined CISL in February 2010 and, besides overseeing and developing the institute’s portfolio of graduate programmes, he is the Director of the Master’s in Sustainability Leadership. He has also been contributing to the establishment of CISL’s Research Catalyst and the Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme. He is a Fellow and Director of Studies in Engineering at Homerton College.

"We are all potential sustainability leaders, but we need to be equipped to bring about positive change within our areas of influence. If everyone does a little we’ll make some progress, but imagine what could be achieved if we all did a lot."