Professor Susan Krumdieck Research Website

Advanced Energy and Materials Lab, AEMSLab, where we innovate the engineering transitions to climate safe levels of energy and material throughput

Dedicated to converging a consortium of universities and organisations, joining with communities, policy makers and industry to employ Transition Engineering as an effective discipline across all fields. The climate emergency brings urgency to this work. Engineering the transition of our current systems and operations is our social responsibility.

Research, Innovation, Education, Transition Engineering

Professor Krumdieck has led an interdisciplinary research group in the College of Engineering, University of Canterbury from 2000 to 2020. Students have worked in the context of industry, government, and communities on transition to resilient and environmentally integrated systems. Systems-level engineering research is urgently needed to provide near and long-term solutions for communities, organizations and business. Since coming to New Zealand, the interdisciplinary AEMSLab research group has included energy and buildings engineering, transport engineering, risk management, physics, geography, computer science, negotiation, business management, project management, design, environmental science, biophysical economics, psychology and social science. Humboltzian continuous attention to scientific observation of complex systems, together with direct working with and listening to communities, Iwi, councils, consultants, we have focused our research on the core question raised across our society: 

“How do we plan, design, finance, and deliver the complex, whole systems transformation projects required to meet the conditions of strong sustainability?”

From 2020 Professor Krumdieck is building a new Systems Transition Engineering Programme at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. This group is focused on all facets of transition to net zero by realising 80% downshift in fossil fuel by discovering innovative transition shift projects that have positive business cases today. The Transition Lab is housed at the HWU campus in Orkney and is a key resource in the Islands Centre for Net Zero (ICNZ)

"I think your research focus has a high value because it could help us learn from our mistakes by breaking the BAU model, and actually help us realise that we need to address the ‘How do we…’ question."  Energy Expert

Books by Prof. Krumdieck

 Transition Engineering; Building a Sustainable Future (2019) CRC Press 

Principles of Sustainable Energy Systems  2nd Edition(2014)

Transition Engineering in Energy Solutions to Combat Global Warming   (2016)  pages 647-706

Principles of Sustainable Energy Systems  3rd Edition (2018) 

 Transition Engineering

Let's be clear - the world cannot "technology our way out" when it comes to the existential problems of global warming, resource scarcity, ocean acidification, biodiversity collapse, social inequity and economics that drive the tragedy of the commons. There is no time to "discover new sustainable technologies" and work through the decadal uptake to substitute for unsustainable systems. If you are an engineer who is working on sustainable technologies, if you are a student wanting to change the world, if you are a researcher who has already spent decades on the politically correct miracle technologies - then I invite you to look up. Join the Transition Engineering movement. You need to learn about  behaviours, cultures, resource extraction, environment. You need to have expertise in energy an material systems, but you also have to know policy and economics. There are enough people working on hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, biofuels, electric vehicles, solar panels, wind turbines. The next giant wave of radically creative and ingenious engineering work is HOW to CHANGE the things that are useful and economic, but are, in fact, the foundations of unsustainability

Complex problems require systems engineering of technologies and infrastructure in the context of often competing economic, social, and environmental factors. This can often involve the development of renewable energy or clean technologies. However, real transition projects for companies or communities require a systems engineering approach, creativity and innovation.



New! Transition Engineering Research in Scotland

Heriot-Watt University 

Transition Engineering Action Research Lab at Islands Centre for Net Zero

The UK and Scottish Governments have announced the £100M Islands Growth Deal for the Orkney, Shetlands and Outer Hebrides communities. One of the major thrusts for the deal is exploring, discovering and achieving the transition to net zero carbon energy by 2030! The Islands Centre for Net Zero (ICNZ) is being established to provide the leadership, coordination and support for this "Moonshot" mission to boldly go where no one has gone before. 

The ICNZ is a partnership with Heriot-Watt University, EMEC, Aquatera, ReFLEX, local companies and councils. 


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Painting courtesy of Kyan Krumdieck

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