Meet Amanda McAlister

Amanda McAlister’s desire to be at the cutting edge of a new area of knowledge led her to begin the Master of Sustainable Practice program.


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I was motivated to come out of my undergraduate degree as an expert in sustainability and was looking for an opportunity to expand my knowledge and interests further. I was still figuring out where I saw myself in sustainability, however, I was motivated to be given the opportunity to flesh out all the ideas I had in my head.

I wanted to be in a postgraduate program that would push me to deepen my understanding of effecting change. I also wanted the skills to place me at the front of an emerging field.

Access to a wide range of industry professionals – and the ability to work closely with them – has been one of the highlights of the program. We also hear from a number of speakers with insights into the range of options for students in this field.

I love the hands-on and practical approach of this degree, and as well as being a fantastic way to learn, it has provided a chance to network and develop great contacts for the future.

The Sustainable Cities of the Future Study Tour to Bordeaux gave me an eye-opening two weeks to hear from some of France’s leading experts on their research in a vast range of fields. The researchers were welcoming and open to all our questions, and it was a fascinating insight into the options available to graduates.

Fortunately, the practical aspects of the course are combined with the luxury of being able to choose my own topics and dictate the direction of my study.

I am currently working in a field relevant to my program, but am looking to take the next step deeper in the industry.  My greatest achievement has been using my research on electronic waste management as a way to meet and network with professionals within the company.  I have been invited to talk and meet with people in the divisions I am working towards, and my research has given me the confidence and the credentials to open these doors.

My ultimate goal is to become a sustainability expert in the field of electronic waste management.  Sustainability has emerged as a vital field applicable to every single industry out there.  In the digital age we are living in, e-waste management is becoming increasingly important.  I want to be a leader and an expert who has the ability to craft effective solutions and recommendations in both business and policy.  I am now seeing how my research can get me there."


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