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The green economy of Morocco
Zaatari, Rami (2022) The green economy of Morocco. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.
This thesis studies the green economy model of Morocco. This model was principally built on a transition to a renewable energy to respond to the country’s development challenges and to meet its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). Its challenges are linked to the consequences of climate change and to scarcity of fossil fuel energy sources. The central research question of this thesis is: to what extent may Morocco be able to achieve what it has promised to deliver by adopting its own green economy approach. The research question is addressed by analyzing the country’s time-series data, scrutinizing its model, and assessing its progress through a customised measurement framework. A mixed methods approach combining quantitative and qualitative analysis is used to answer the research question. This includes analysis of nine interviews with key informants in the energy sector and available data from Morocco’s national and international sources.
The results of the time-series analysis show that Morocco has only been able to slow carbon emission growth and delink emissions from its economic growth. Studying the energy transition to renewable energy, Morocco’s model largely ignores important elements to decarbonize its key economic sectors which are responsible for a large share of carbon emissions – in particular the transport, heating, industry and residential sectors. The measurement framework shows that Morocco is far from achieving its NDC commitments in any mitigation scenario, though the country has achieved some socioeconomic benefits. These findings demonstrate that Morocco’s green economy model is insufficient to help the country overcome its development challenges and meet its global commitments.
This thesis offers a new insight into Morocco’s green economy in theory and practice. It adds new depth to the discussion on the steady-state economy and the degrowth argument in terms of the possibility of reducing emissions, while keeping the economy growing. It supports the conclusion that middle-income economies follow a path of weak sustainability. This thesis also extends the application of the Porter Hypothesis to country level beyond the narrow view of traditional environmental policies. Moreover, this thesis provides a strong evidence for the existence of the Environmental Kuznets Curve theory in Morocco. This thesis proposes a customised green economy measurement framework for Morocco.
Key recommendations for Morocco to increase the possibility of greening its economy are an expansion of the economy’s electrification, an acceleration of the energy sector’s shift from fossil fuel to various renewable energy sources, and a decentralisation of its electricity system. This requires radical transformation in how to power its economy.
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1. Governing the Green Economy Transition : Public Opinion, Political Parties, and Environmental Outcomes
Author : Sanna Lundquist ; Andreas Duit ; Lisa Dellmuth ; Malcolm Fairbrother ; Stockholms universitet ;  Keywords : SOCIAL SCIENCES ; SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP ; Green economy ; green transition ; green growth ; emissions ; environmental governance ; environmental policy ; public opinion ; private environmental governance ; statsvetenskap ; Political Science ;
Abstract : The green economy presents an attractive framework for how economic growth can continue without harming the environment and promises to deliver more resource efficient, less carbon intensive, less environmentally damaging, and more socially inclusive societies. Over the past fifteen years, the idea of a green economy transition as a means to reconcile economic, environmental and social goals has gained traction among a wide range of policy-making organizations and is incorporated in policy agendas at national and global scales. READ MORE
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Abstract : This thesis consists of three empirical essays in political economics."Shades of Brown and Green: Party Effects in Proportional Election Systems" is the first paper to develop a method for estimating the causal effect of party representation in proportional election systems. This method is applied to Swedish municipalities. READ MORE
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Abstract : Growing environmental problems have led to increasing pressure on companies to improve their environmental performance. This means that also supply chains must become greener, which has contributed to new challenges when it comes to green collaboration and trust. READ MORE
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Abstract : Aim of this thesis is to outline, both historically and in our own time, the development of entrepreneurship in Russia, a country where the very existence of the phenomenon has for a long period of time been either denied or confined to the margins of illegality and semi-legality. The primary focus of this work is on the emergence of a new generation of entrepreneurs that came to thrive in the 1990s, the most turbulent but also the most promising years of Russia’s economic, political, and social transformation. READ MORE
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Abstract : Anaerobic digestion is a microbially mediated process occurring in nature in the absence of oxygen and other non-carbonaceous electron acceptors. The majority of the carbon of the organic matter degraded in the process is transformed into carbon dioxide and methane. READ MORE
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MSc Green Economy
This distance learning course provides the scientific and interdisciplinary insight into the challenges a transition to a green economy represents and how to address them. The development of a green economy is a political and socio-economic imperative.
- Delivery: Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time
This course has multiple potential start dates, please confirm the specific entry point and course details that you would like to apply for:
- Start date: January, 2024 Delivery: Full time according to Funding Council definitions Duration: 1 YEAR Apply now
- Start date: January, 2024 Delivery: Part-Time Duration: 2 YEARS Apply now
- Start date: September, 2024 Delivery: Full time according to Funding Council definitions Duration: 1 YEAR Apply now
- Start date: September, 2024 Delivery: Part-Time Duration: 2 YEARS Apply now
Why study MSc Green Economy at BU?
- Enjoy the flexibility of a distance learning course, which allows you to undertake a work-based project instead of a research project to support your dissertation
- You will develop your knowledge of ecology, geography, social science, psychology and technology in this multidimensional course
- Understand the challenges of reducing carbon emissions, overexploitation of resources and widespread environmental degradation, which pose a danger to human wellbeing
- Acquire the scientific understanding on which the transition to a green economy can be based, including the principles of environmental sustainability and the societal responses required to implement these in practice
- Profit from our expert academics and their knowledge of sustainability and tools that inform environmental practice and policy implementation.
“As the Conservation Director for a national charity, having a good understanding of ecological principles is no longer enough. It is also essential that you have an understanding of what makes your country tick. This course combines a good grounding in economic principles with the consideration of alternative ways of valuing growth and nature, and all from your own home!” Andy Lester, Conservation Director, A Rocha UK
This course is accredited by IEMA. This means as a student on Green Economy you'll simultaneously receive free student membership at IEMA. Once you graduate you will also become a GradIEMA professional member.
See what it's like to study this course
Next start date:.
January 2024, September 2024, January 2025, September 2025
1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time
Geography, Ecology, Environmental Science, Economics, Politics, Psychology or Sociology
A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or equivalent in a required subject area and/or relevant comprehensive professional experience. Applicants without a required subject will be considered.
International entry requirements:
If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.
You can take the core units of this course separately as individual continuing professional development units (CPDs). You can find out more by following the links through to each of the units listed.
Contact hours and assessment
Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.
Download the programme specification (pdf 906kb)
Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services : Examine the scientific principles for ecosystem services, how they link with ecosystem function and their relationships with biodiversity. Key ecosystem services that will be considered include food and water, regulating flood and disease control, cultural services such as spiritual, recreational, and cultural benefits, and nutrient cycling. You'll explore how ecosystem services production can be measured and mapped, the distribution of beneficiaries, different approaches to valuation and potential links with the green economy. Key emerging issues include potential trade-offs between ecosystem services and between ecosystem services and biodiversity.
Carbon Management : Increasing concern about the potential impacts of global climate change, attributable primarily to human activities, has placed the issue of carbon management at the top of the international policy agenda. You'll examine the science underpinning the process of climate change and how this might be addressed through adaptation and mitigation measures, based on an understanding of the global carbon cycle.
Environmental Law & Social Justice : Justice in a complex world, environmental policy and law decisions have implications for the environment and the people that live in and rely on it. In this unit we'll explore the legal and policy dynamics and the factors that influence environmental social justice outcomes in environmental policy debates, and identify how social justice considerations can be incorporated more effectively into environmental policy.
Frontiers of Sustainability Science : Sustainability science has emerged in recent years as a new scientific discipline, at the interface between environmental science and sustainable development. Key objectives include understanding of the dynamics of human-environment systems, easing the design, execution and evaluation of practical interventions that promote sustainability in particular places and contexts, and improving links between research, innovation, policy and management. You'll develop a detailed knowledge of sustainability science and advanced literature-based research, evaluation and reporting skills. You'll also learn to use your knowledge to solve problems.
Green technology & Renewable Energy : In the context of global climate change and the consequent need to phase out using fossil fuels, developing renewable energy sources has become one of the main drivers of the green economy. Green technology developments can also improve efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while reducing the ecological footprint of human activities. However, such technologies can also have negative environmental impacts and become the focus of social concern. This unit examines environmental and social impacts of different technologies; to critically evaluate which approaches might truly be considered ‘green’. It will consider the main environmental, political and socio-economic drivers for the development of green technology, and examine how these challenges are being met through scientific and technological innovation.
Sustainable Development in Practice : Understand how the scientific principles for sustainable development can be executed in practice. You'll consider the international policy for sustainable development, and evaluate the extent to which policy targets and goals have been achieved to identify any lessons that might be learned. This will include considering how sustainability can be measured, for example through using indicators. The practical execution of sustainable development's principles will then be explored through a series of real-world case studies, relating to a variety of different locations and focusing on different economic sectors.
Option units (choose one)
Research Project: An introduction to a range of academic skills essential for becoming a successful researcher in the modern research environment. You'll learn transferable skills in designing a research project, developing the right methodology, writing a research proposal, collecting and analysing data and presenting your work at conferences and in scientific journals. The unit combines a variety of learning and teaching methods including lectures, workshops, computer-based learning, practical activities and small group work.
Extended Professional Placement : The placement offers you a workplace experience for developing your vocational skills and applying the theory and knowledge gained from other elements of the course. You'll get an opportunity to gain individual professional experience through executing a practical project in a workplace environment. The placements could potentially be with any government, non-government or commercial organisation, and might typically include NGOs, government bodies, local councils, private companies, consultancies or community or research organisations.
Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may change from year to year.
There is no requirement for a professional placement. However, the course has been designed so that it may be taken in conjunction with paid employment, for example by studying on a part-time basis.
If you have been or are currently in employment, you will be encouraged to draw on your professional practice during the course. Rather than undertake a research project towards the production of a dissertation, you may prefer to undertake a work-based project, referred to as the Extended Professional Placement.
You would then be required to produce a portfolio of activities describing the project work undertaken, as part of the placement. Typically, this might be conducted over a period of several months.
Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
Apply for individual units
You can study the following units individually as short courses.
- Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services
- Carbon Management
- Environmental Law & Social Justice
- Frontiers of Sustainability Science
- Green Technology & Renewable Energy
- Sustainable Development in Practice
Please note, as these are considered short courses, you will not qualify for the postgraduate loan.
A strong background in scientific subjects is not an essential requirement for this course, and candidates with a broad range of first degrees will be considered, including arts and humanities as well as scientific subjects. A key requirement is a commitment to learn about and integrate perspectives from a range of disciplines, including both social and environmental sciences, and the characteristics of social-ecological systems.
Above all, candidates should be keen to consider the real-world challenges to achieving sustainable development, and to critically examine the various options for the future that have been proposed.
What we’re looking for
For MSc Green Economy we are looking for applicants who:
- Are enthusiastic to learn about a wide range of issues relating to sustainable development and the development of a green economy
- Are interested to apply the knowledge that they gain during the course to solving practical problems in the real world
- Are prepared to engage actively in an online learning process, including interacting with staff and other students
- Can demonstrate an academic interest in the multi-disciplinary science that underpins development of the green economy
- Can demonstrate a practical interest in environmental issues.
We welcome students who are keen to develop their intellectual skills by gaining a sound scientific understanding of the green economy and the process of sustainable development. This course is strongly interdisciplinary, and therefore we welcome candidates from a wide range of academic backgrounds and interests.
We particularly encourage applications from people who are keen to broaden their education and who are interested in learning about a wide range of issues relating to the development of a green economy. Candidates should have a strong interest and commitment to the environment, but should be committed to deepening their knowledge of the scientific principles underpinning sustainability, and learning how these may be applied in practice.
We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their applications – there are no interviews or additional selection activities. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU.
For more information, take a look at our how to apply pages.
How and when to apply
Please see our website for the application deadlines. You should apply as early as possible to be considered for your course of choice. If you require a student visa, apply for the visa as soon as you have an unconditional offer and receive your CAS. There may be delays in visa processing in your country and you need to be in Bournemouth ready to study for the start of term.
December and January is one of our busiest application periods and therefore it may take us a little longer to process incoming applications. For courses with a January start date, we recommend submitting your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Click the green ‘Apply now’ button to submit your application free of charge online through myHub, our application portal. You will create your own myHub account so that you can track the progress of your application. Don’t forget to save your application as you go; you can return to it at as many times as you want before you submit it. For more information visit our How to apply section .
General entry requirements.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject. Required subject: Geography, Ecology, Environmental Science, Economics, Politics, Psychology or Sociology.
Applicants without a required subject will be considered.
For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the Future Students Enquiry team if you are in doubt.
If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow. Some of these are based on experience. Contact the Future Students Enquiry team for more information.
International entry requirements
You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page .
Please see below some examples of the qualifications for entry:
- India: Bachelor’s degree (4 years) from a recognised HE institution with a minimum overall result of 55%
- Nigeria: Bachelor's degree from a recognised institution with a minimum classification of 2:4
- China: Chinese Bachelor's (Honours) degree from a recognised higher education institution with 65% or above
- Turkey: Bachelor’s degree (Lisans Diplomasi - four years) with a minimum overall GPA of 2.3/4.0
- Vietnam: Bachelor's degree/Bang tot nghiep dai hoc with an average score of 6.5/10, or 2.25/4, or a Master’s degree/Thac si.
All applications will be subject to a minimum grade and your degree may need to be in a relevant subject area.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent .
View further information about our English language requirements .
Bournemouth University International College offers a number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes to prepare international students for postgraduate study at BU. Admission to the degree is guaranteed on successful completion of your course to the required level.
Upon completion of this course you will enjoy a wide range of career opportunities, as an increasing number of organisations are taking an active interest in the green economy. Not only will this course equip you with subject expertise, but you will have a practical understanding of how to apply that knowledge to make a difference to businesses. This will give you extra marketability in the professional arena, providing you with a route into a successful and rewarding career.
Potential job roles
As a Green Economy graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as:
- Green Economy Adviser
- Carbon Management Adviser
- Ecotourism Operations Adviser
- Academic Researcher.
Industries worked in
- Renewable energy
- Carbon management
- Academic research.
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master’s, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes .
Costs and fees
You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).
All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.
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What's included in your tuition fee.
Your tuition fee covers expenses associated with your course including tuition materials, access to facilities, mandatory field trips and the following:
- Support for finding placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement.
- A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service.
- Access to Brightspace, our virtual learning environment, which offers a responsive and personalised learning experience with powerful learning analytics capabilities, integrated social media and advanced video features.
- The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces.
- IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow.
- Disability and additional learning support .
- The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills.
- 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.
Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider
We are committed to offering you value for money and ensuring there are no hidden costs while you are studying with us, therefore we have listed below any additional costs you may incur that are not covered by your tuition fee:
- Laptops, Tablets and mobile devices and any software used on personal devices. Access to a personal computer is strongly recommended for your study. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, visit our website for information regarding hardship funds.
- Text books, general stationery and other supplies. Our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books and online resources, free of charge. The Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses.
- Accommodation and living costs . Please visit our website for more information.
- Travel costs for optional field trips, outdoor wear and footwear for mandatory and optional field trips (if applicable).
- Travel costs to and from the University campus. An annual bus pass can be purchased alongside your rent if you are living in halls of residence/Unilet accommodation or may be purchased separately.
- Travel costs to and from your placement (both in the UK and overseas). Information about funding your placement year can be found on our website.
- Clothing or equipment costs required for your placement if this is part of your course of study.
- SportBU membership .
While all aspects of the programme, including required field trips, are included in the fee, additional, optional or extra curricula activities may be available for which a student contribution is required.
If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance) the pricing will be pro-rata of the full time fee.
Financial help available from BU
We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to eligible students who are beginning their studies at BU. Please visit www.bournemouth.ac.uk/funding for details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.
International (not Rep. of Ireland) students need to pay a non-refundable £3,000 deposit to secure their place on a postgraduate course. You will need to pay your deposit by the date stated in your offer letter. The remainder of your fee will be payable on registration/enrolment. There are two exceptions to the non-refundable rule on the deposit:
- You fail to meet the academic or English requirements of your offer
- You are refused a visa to enter the UK, provided the reason for the refusal is not a fraudulent application.
On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.
Dr Rounaq Nayak - Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Sustainability
Dr Rounaq Nayak is passionate about exploring the reciprocal relationship between organizations and local communities, analysing their mutual influence, and studying the sustainability implications. As a human factors specialist and a human geographer, Dr Nayak has worked on projects in agri-food and healthcare sectors, prioritizing a people-centred approach to service improvement. Their research interest lies in enhancing the resilience of the global agri-food system to challenges like food poverty, forced labour, and carbon trading by adopting a systems approach. Dr Nayak aims to optimize systems, promote transparency, build community resilience, and evaluate technological innovations using a human factors lens. Through service improvement projects, they have generated reports contributing to sustainable transformations in the agri-food sector and charities
Dr Nayak holds Fellowships with the Royal Society for Public Health, the Royal Geographical Society, and the Higher Education Academy. Their educational background includes a BEng in Biotechnology, an MSc in Food Safety and Management, and a PhD in Human Factors and Sustainability. Prior to BU, they worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, the NHS, and as an academic at Harper Adams University.
Dr Elena Cantarello – Principal Academic in Life and Environmental Sciences
Dr Elena Cantarello is a Principal Academic in Life and Environmental Sciences with ten years experience in conducting research in forest landscapes. She has knowledge and experience in GIS and spatially explicit modelling tools (Landis-II), which she regularly employs in her research to explore vegetation dynamics and changes in ecosystem services in response to human impacts. Her particular interest is to contribute to solutions to environmental problems and to provide tools that inform environmental practice and policy implementation.
Dr Cantarello has worked in local, regional and international projects, collaborating with several academic institutions, government bodies and commercial partners in the UK, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Kyrgyzstan and Italy.She has also undertaken regular and extensive fieldwork campaigns, particularly in the New Forest National Park
Professor Rick Stafford - Professor
Professor Rick Stafford is a marine biologist and academic based at Bournemouth University. His research is currently focussed on understanding and protecting the marine environment in a holistic manner.
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20 Dissertation Topics on Sustainability and Green Technology
Published by Carmen Troy at January 9th, 2023 , Revised On August 16, 2023
Looking for interesting and manageable topics on sustainability and green technology for your dissertation or thesis? Well, you have come to the right place.
The subject of sustainability, green technology, and environmental friendliness has gained tremendous importance over the last years – thanks to the ever-increasing pollution, climate change, and high production costs throughout the world.
Without wasting any more of your time, here are the 20 dissertation topics ideas in this trendy field, so you choose the one that is not only intriguing but also manageable for you.
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2022 Research Topics on Sustainability and Green Technology
Topic 1: the role of artificial intelligence (ai) and green technology in the develpment of smart and sustainable towns.
Research Aim: This study intends to find the role of artificial intelligence (AI) and green technology in developing smart and sustainable towns. It will review the concepts of smart and sustainable towns to show their importance in the modern era to reduce global warming. Then it will assess the role of AI by analyzing various machine learning and deep learning models to show how these models can help develop smart and sustainable towns. Lastly, it will review what work has already been done in this area and what should be done.
Topic 2: Impact of Research and Development (R&D) Expenditure in Green Technology on the Sustainability Outcomes of the Construction Industry- A Case of Malaysian Construction Industry
Research Aim: This study intends to analyze the impact of Research and Development (R&D) expenditure in green technology on the sustainability outcomes of the construction industry in Malaysia. It will review the current green technology used in the Malaysian construction industry and its development. Moreover, it will show how the construction industry is spending to develop new green technology and how much it requires to make it completely sustainable. It will also identify various national and international sources which can invest in this industry to make it more sustainable.
Topic 3: What are the Motivating and Demotivating Factors for Green Supply Chain Practices? An Exploratory Study Finding the Factors Affecting Green Supply Chain Practices in the UK
Research Aim: This research will identify various motivating and demotivating factors (return on green investment, production output, local and global competitiveness, political support, international support, investors support, etc.) for green supply chain practices. It will study various industries in the UK, such as construction, hotel industry, retail industry, etc., find out how the abovementioned factors affected their interest in green technology and green supply chain practices. Moreover, it will assess the work done in this area and how various institutions can motivate these industries.
Topic 4: Influence of Green Advertising on the Consumer View of Green Technology and Sustainability in the US
Research Aim: This study shows the impact of green advertising on the consumer perception of green technology and sustainability. It will assess how various components of green advertising work and how they affect the consumer perception of the need for green technology. Moreover, it will analyze different green advertising strategies used by companies in the US to influence consumer perception and how these strategies can be improved to make US consumers more interested in the products, which are a product of environment-friendly production process.
Topic 5: Green Economy a Necessity? Impact of Green Technology on Sustainable Economic Growth and Development- A Case of ASEAN Economies
Research Aim: It proposes a framework to analyze the impact of green technology on sustainable economic growth and development. It will show whether the green economy is essential for growth and development or not. It will assess various effects of green technology on the economy and ecology. And show how improving ecology can benefit human development, which can be good for long-term economic growth in the ASEAN countries. Lastly, it will analyze the current progress of these countries in creating a green economy.
Covid-19 Sustainability and Green Technology Research Topics
Topic 1: covid-19 and the need to expand sustainable energy.
Research Aim: It’s high time to expand sustainable energy during COVID-19.
Topic 2: COVID-19 and the environment
Research Aim: This study will focus on the positive and negative impacts of COVID-19 on the environment.
Topic 3: Economic expenditure on the green environment during COVID-19
Research Aim: This study will review the economic expenditure and plans on the green environment during COVID-19.
Topic 4: The green economy after COVID-19
Research Aim: This study will analyse the current issues related to green technology and predict the future of a green environment after COVID-19.
Dissertation Topics Ideas on Sustainability and Green Technology for 2021
Topic 1: research on sustainable gardens.
Research Aim: This research aims to conduct research on creating sustainable gardens and identify their benefits.
Topic 2: Sustainable outdoor designs using recycled materials
Research Aim: This research aims to identify various methods of creating sustainable outdoor designs using recycled materials and identify their benefits.
Topic 3: Pollution-free disposal and recycling of trash
Research Aim: This research aims to identify various methods to ensure pollution-free disposal and recycling of trash
Topic 4: Importance of gardening- awareness and ideas for the city, terrace/roof gardening
Research Aim: This research aims to address the importance of gardening and its awareness among the public. It will also focus on identifying cost-effective and innovative ideas for the city, terrace/roof gardening.
20 Dissertation Topics Ideas on Sustainability and Green Technology for 2020
Topic 1: examining the economic impacts of green technology.
Research Aim: The research will involve comparing the costs incurred in developing green energy and the economic benefits. The services will be saved once alternative forms of materials and energy sources are used. It will be relevant in identifying whether it is worth investing in green technology from an economic perspective. It will also help in developing supportive policies that guide green technology.
Topic 2: How do national and regional politics affect environmental sustainability?
Research Aim: This research study will analyse the role of politics in the environment. It will explore the positive or negative impacts of individual political inclinations.
Topic 3: How sustainable is the environment in the current and forthcoming eras?
Research Aim: This research will analyse global trends and their impacts on environmental trends. Developments such as increasing population, climate change, and using various materials affect the people. It will inform about how sustainability measures can be structured to align with the trends.
Topic 4: Adoption of green energy by low-end users
Research Aim: The research will be based on realising a market niche that cannot afford or are not willing to spend on an expensive product. Additionally, the embrace of some advanced technologies varies across classes, mainly based on exposure. There is also the notion that green technology can be expensive, making the stated users reluctant to use it. Accordingly, the research will focus on the factors that make the users have their respective levels of using green technology.
Topic 5: How green technology can affect organisational processes
Research Aim: This research will analyze how processes that can include procuring and sourcing, producing, sales, marketing, and delivering products, among others, can be impacted once green technology is introduced. It will help analyse cost and time effectiveness and the satisfaction of the organization’s stakeholders. It can help recommend structural changes when an organisation is considering green technology.
Topic 6: To what extent does green technology contribute to environmental sustainability?
Research Aim: notably, several factors are contributing to environmental degradation and pollution. While green technology has been identified in previous research to ensure sustainability, its contribution can be compared with the other factors. Accordingly, recommendations can be made about whether it is the absolute solution to sustainability.
Topic 7: Green technology and global environmental sustainability frameworks
Research Aim: The study will assess how the frameworks affect the use of green technology. Various global environmental practices are commonly developed. The research will suggest any amendments to the frameworks to positively correlate them with green technology. Also, the topic will evaluate how the frameworks are implemented in various regions.
Topic 8: Green technology practices in developing countries
Research Aim: The research will explore the extent to which developing countries use and promote green technology. They are characterised by having a lower economy. The priority they have on sustainability will be established.
Topic 9: How do policies affect the use of green technology in a country?
Research Aim: The research acknowledges that regulatory bodies devise policies to guide various industries. The guidelines can be supportive or suppressive in the development and use of green technology. For instance, the bodies’ incentives can encourage green technology, while factors like high taxation can discourage it. Therefore, focusing on a particular country’s policies can be insightful into the level at which the technology is incorporated.
Topic 10: Incentives for green technology and environmental sustainability
Research Aim: The study will be purposed on how green technology can be promoted among users and manufacturers. It will first identify the challenges the users can use and apply the technology. It will also evaluate the level of sensitisation about green technology that people in a region have. The various stakeholders can execute the incentives in environmental sustainability.
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Topic 1: what roles do ngos have on environmental sustainability and green technology.
Research Aim: The research will establish how NGOs can be incorporated into sustainability. NGOs have distinct objectives. While some are specific to environmental conservation, others focus on aspects that indirectly affect the environment positively or negatively. The study will then suggest how the NGOs can be motivated to advance their operations and promote green technology.
Topic 2: Impactful green thinking to achieve sustainability
Research Aim: The research analyses humans’ behaviour on issues that can promote sustainability. It explores how people can change their perspective on the environment and take measures at individual and collective levels. It will recommend some habitual changes that can positively impact the environment.
Topic 3: A holistic approach to environmental sustainability
Research Aim: Sustainability comprises various factors, ranging from behavioural, resources, technological, and procedural. Most studies have focused on particular sets of characteristics. However, it can be intriguing how integrating sustainability factors can be achieved. Also, it will be realised if implementing some measures of sustainability has any correlation to others.
Topic 4: Can there be a balance between lifestyle and green technology?
Research Aim: the study will assess the relationship between current lifestyle and green technology. It will be relevant in identifying the personal understanding of green technology’s contribution and how people are ready to adjust their lifestyle to technology. It will further show how green technology affects lifestyles.
Topic 5: How do businesses perceive green energy and environmental sustainability?
Research Aim: The research aims to identify how profit-making organisations approach green technology. It will focus on whether they find it less costly and useful. Also, it will establish whether they find products that involve green technology are usually marketable. Further, it will identify the organisation’s preference for the working environment, whether in regions that promote environmental sustainability or those that do not.
Topic 6: Examining sustainability policies in developed and developing countries
Research Aim: The research will compare regulations instituted in the two sets of countries. It will also assess the extent of implementation of the policies in the countries.
Topic 7: Challenges facing green technology as one of the drivers towards sustainability
Research Aim: The research will be based on green technology recognition as a crucial attribute to environmental sustainability. Despite the assertion, the technology has not attained universal coverage as it would be more impactful. The challenges can vary from economic, social, geographical, and regulatory, and it can then be recommended that the research focuses on a particular region. The results can also be analysed to identify any general challenges in the areas.
Topic 8: What is the consumer perspective towards green production?
Research Aim: Businesses target to satisfy the needs of consumers. The study will assess whether the consumer has a force towards producers that can make the latter inclined towards using green technology. This research study will essentially focus on the consumables industry.
Topic 9: Stakeholders’ contribution to green technology
Research Aim: The research will establish all the stakeholders in green energy. It will reveal their interests and drivers towards green technology. There will be an insight into whether there is a conflict of interests between the stakeholders and how they can be resolved. It will also help identify how the stakeholders can collaborate and integrate their resources and ideas.
Topic 10: Current trends in green technology and the future of technology
Research Aim: the research will aim to overview how green energy has been advancing over time. The trend will then help in predicting the future of green technology. Besides, it will be informative about the contribution green energy has had on environmental sustainability at various levels. It will then make recommendations about the optimum technology as per the available information and developments.
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As a student of sustainability and green technology looking to get good grades, it is essential to develop new ideas and experiment with existing sustainability and green technology theories – i.e., to add value and interest to your research topic.
Sustainability and green technology are vast and interrelated to many other academic disciplines like environmental engineering . That is why it is imperative to create a sustainability and green technology dissertation topic that is particular, sound, and solves a practical problem that may be rampant in the field.
We can’t stress how important it is to develop a logical research topic based on your fundamental research. There are several significant downfalls to getting your issue wrong; your supervisor may not be interested in working on it, the topic has no academic creditability, the research may not make logical sense, and there is a possibility that the study is not viable.
This impacts your time and efforts in writing your dissertation , as you may end up in the cycle of rejection at the initial stage of the dissertation. That is why we recommend reviewing existing research to develop a topic, taking advice from your supervisor, and even asking for help in this particular stage of your dissertation.
While developing a research topic, keeping our advice in mind will allow you to pick one of the best sustainability and green technology dissertation topics that fulfil your requirement of writing a research paper and add to the body of knowledge.
Therefore, it is recommended that when finalising your dissertation topic, you read recently published literature to identify gaps in the research that you may help fill.
Remember- dissertation topics need to be unique, solve an identified problem, be logical, and be practically implemented. Please look at some of our sample sustainability and green technology dissertation topics to get an idea for your dissertation.
How to Structure your Dissertation on Sustainability & Green Technology
A well-structured dissertation can help students to achieve a high overall academic grade.
- A Title Page
- Abstract: A summary of the research completed
- Table of Contents
- Introduction : This chapter includes the project rationale, research background, key research aims and objectives, and the research problems. An outline of the structure of a dissertation can also be added to this chapter.
- Literature Review : This chapter presents relevant theories and frameworks by analysing published and unpublished literature on the chosen research topic to address research questions . The purpose is to highlight and discuss the selected research area’s relative weaknesses and strengths whilst identifying any research gaps. Break down the topic, and binding terms can positively impact your dissertation and your tutor.
- Methodology : The data collection and analysis methods and techniques employed by the researcher are presented in the Methodology chapter, which usually includes research design , research philosophy, research limitations, code of conduct, ethical consideration, data collection methods, and data analysis strategy .
- Findings and Analysis : Findings of the research are analysed in detail under the Findings and Analysis chapter. All key findings/results are outlined in this chapter without interpreting the data or drawing any conclusions. It can be useful to include graphs, charts, and tables in this chapter to identify meaningful trends and relationships.
- Discussion and Conclusion : The researcher presents his interpretation of results in this chapter and states whether the research hypothesis has been verified or not. An essential aspect of this section of the paper is to link the results and evidence from the literature. Recommendations with regards to implications of the findings and directions for the future may also be provided. Finally, a summary of the overall research, along with final judgments, opinions, and comments, must be included in the form of suggestions for improvement.
- References : This should be completed following your University’s requirements
- Appendices : Any additional information, diagrams, and graphs used to complete the dissertation but not part of the dissertation should be included in the Appendices chapter. Essentially, the purpose is to expand the information/data.
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