Teaching, Learning and Training

The fundamental principles of Transition Engineering are straight-forward, once you have mastered the ability to flip your perspective. Reading the texts and literature is essential. It is also helpful to watch the videos. GATE is being organised to provide the most important thing for teaching and learning: Doing. The extreme creativity required for dealing with wicked problems of unsustainability is best learned through participation in a project. This can be done by enrolling in a class, pursuing a Masters or PhD, or working with a Transition Engineering project in your company or organisation. The number of experienced Transition Engineers is small, but growing fast. Contact us to find out what is available. 


Why Engineering?


Taking action on climate change is about consumer choices, or political leadership or corporate behaviour, isn't it? Reducing the future risks of catastrophic effects of global warming is the responsibility of international leaders and activist groups, isn't it? Aren't engineers just supposed to do what the market and their employers want? This video answers these questions in a surprising way. 

Why Now?

Energy is at the heart of the global warming problem. It is what makes addressing emissions reduction such a wicked problem. The solution is to build more renewable energy electricity generation, isn't it? If we are working on putting solar PV on roofs and building windmills, aren't we doing the right thing? This video introduces the key concept of Energy Return on Energy Invested (EROI) and why growth is the main problem of sustainability. 

What is Transition Engineering?


How do we innovate and carry out the projects that change existing systems that currently work fine, but are unsustainable? Isn't it too hard? Won't it involve economics and behaviour change and policy - things that engineers stay away from? This video introduces the answer to these questions - yes, like we always do - with a METHOD. 


ENME405 Energy Transition Engineering

2020  University of Canterbury

Semester 1 Feb - June

Enrol and attend in Christchurch, or enrol for distance learning and attend a weekend seminar. 



Transition Engineering: Building a Sustainable Future, Susan Krumdieck, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, (2019)Purchase Here

Principles of Sustainable Energy Systems, 2nd Edition, Editors Frank Kreith and Susan Krumdieck, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, 2013

Purchase   e-book now available $68 USD.  


Transition Engineering, in Energy Solutions to Combat Global Warming, Editors X-R Zhang and I. Dincer, Springer, 2016

Purchase  e-book now available EUR 24.95



Guide to Energy Management, Includes the Transition Engineering Method applied to integrated building design. IET Standards  2017

Purchase  £65.00


Transition Engineering Video Collection

Transition Engineering Video Collection

Details  Over the years many of the key fundamentals of the Transition Engineering rationale, approach and methods have been presented in lectures that were captured and uploaded to YouTube. Each of these presentations was made to a specific audience for a specific purpose at a different point in the emergence of the Transition Engineering discipline. We hope you enjoy the archive of thought represented in this video collection.Tags    Videos 

GATE Scholarship Fund

Details  Most of our GATE Scholars are experienced professional engineers from all disciplines. They have taken time away from their careers to make a path-break from the Business-as-Usual by carrying out a PhD in Transition Engineering. The GATE Scholars come from around the world. 

The Transition Engineering PhD 
  • Advances their expertise in the history and current state of the art in their discipline.
  • Surveys the policy scenarios and models the probability potential of alternative technologies and resources
  • Studies the factors shaping the forward operating environment
  • Workshops the 100-Year Concepts
  • Brainstorms and uses Strategic Analysis of Complex Systems for backcast modelling
  • Develops Shift Project Innovations, and Selects one project idea to carry out and learn from
  • Establishes the transition management framework for taking the Shift Project forward

Read Scholar Profiles HERE
Price  £20.00Support a Scholar