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Designing for a Sustainable Future (online)

Alumni, Master, Fellows and By-Fellows, Students,

23 Sep 2022

  • Start: 18:00
  • End: 19:15

Online Event

An interdisciplinary panel discussion answer your questions about how we can design for a more sustainable future. We will be addressing this topic at a range of scales from different perspectives, from policy and environment, through to engineering and architectural design.

Take this opportunity to ask questions either in person or online. If you have questions you wish to submit in advance, please email them to our new CORE Fellow, Rachel Thorley at



Dame Polly Courtice

Polly was Founder Director of the University of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (1989–2021). She was also Founder Director of The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme, and served as Academic Director of the University’s Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership. She is a Fellow of Churchill College and an Honorary Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.

Read Polly’s full biography

John Sutton

John studied Engineering at Churchill College, sponsored by Rolls-Royce (Aero). On graduation he went to Ricardo, before then working for the Williams, Ferrari and McLaren Grand Prix teams during some of the fiercest and most technically competitive seasons in F1. He was responsible for the design, engineering and development of many innovative systems in transmission and powertrain, then the first generation ‘KERS’ devices, before leading an F1 Research & Development ‘Skunk Works’. Latterly he worked on hybrid and advanced multi-mode propulsion concepts for McLaren’s road cars, notably a future ‘P1’. In 2020 he co-led McLaren’s engineering effort for the government’s ‘Ventilator Challenge UK’. In January 2021 he moved to ‘Arrival’ to work on developing advanced concepts for future EV platforms. He now undertakes engineering consultancy in the above fields, with particular focus recently on low/zero-carbon and new energy.

He is creative, and likes to make things that move people – physically and / or emotionally. He enjoys cycling, skiing, photography, sculpture and woodworking.

Emma Garnett

Emma joined the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in September 2020 as a Research Associate. She is working on estimating the environmental impacts of supermarket food products and evaluating the promises and pitfalls of different policies to bring about more sustainable diets, such as carbon labelling. For her PhD, she tested which interventions were most effective to reduce meat consumption and increase vegetarian sales in university cafeterias. She has previously worked with several different academic institutions, NGOs and businesses including the University of Kiel (Germany), Microsoft Research (UK) and Zoological Society London (UK). More generally, Emma is interested in understanding how to equitably overcome economic, political and social barriers to conserving biodiversity and reaching absolute zero greenhouse gas emissions.

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Josephine Tumwesige

Ms Josephine Tumwesige is a Sensor Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) student interested in capacitive touchscreen sensing. She will develop affordable capacitive touchscreen sensors for soil analysis and water quality monitoring, linking device fabrication with control of fringe field interactions for her PhD. Josephine holds a B.Sc. in Telecommunications Engineering from Makerere University and an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge. As part of the latter, Josephine has researched the impact of rural electrification on rural-urban migration as a livelihood strategy for rural households.


This event is a hybrid one in front of a live audience at Churchill, whilst broadcast as a live Zoom webinar. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with questions taken from the live audience, as well as from the Zoom Q&A function. Those signing up using this link will receive a Zoom link close to the event. If you wish to attend in person at the College, please book through the Churchill College Association Weekend booking form.