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Institute of Sustainable Development

Institute of Sustainable Development

What we offer

The Middlesex Institute of Sustainable Development fosters the advancement of sustainability into the university, community and global practices. Through outreach, research and training, ISD is a thought leader in sustainability advocating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

The objectives of ISD are to strengthen stakeholder collaboration by aligning academic knowledge and professional practice and by promoting partnerships with businesses, civil society and government to reach a sustainable future.

Activities of ISD include:

  • Collaborative research with businesses, government and UN agencies
  • Best practice consulting
  • Training workshops
  • UN Global Compact Youth Ambassador training
  • Promoting sustainable best practices
  • Customised Certificate Programmes for specific industries
  • Industry Round Tables

To work collaboratively with Middlesex University in Dubai, please contact:

Andrew Mackenzie
Phone: +97144331772

Message from the Director

Middlesex University Dubai is proud to be the first university in the UAE to report the sustainability practices of the entire campus to the United Nations Global Compact Local Network UAE.

We are committed to the principles of sustainable development. Supporting the vision of the UAE Federal Government and the UAE National Committee on Sustainable Development, Middlesex University Dubai recognizes the importance of taking action to implement the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The university’s commitment is demonstrated through our membership to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). Middlesex University Dubai is also a signatory of the WEPs (Women Empowerment Principles) Taskforce of United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and UN Women as creating a gender equal workplace, marketplace and community is our goal.

The outstanding involvement of our faculty, administrative staff and students to advance the implementation of the SDGs within the university and the international community is visible in our university structure, curricula, research and student experience.

Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes
Pro-Vice Chancellor
Middlesex University Dubai

Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes

Andrew Mackenzie - Environmental Lead and School Outreach

Andrew Mackenzie is a lecturer specialising in Marketing at Middlesex University Dubai with over 19 years’ experience in education and training. Currently Andrew’s research interest is in the field of sustainability and he is driving recycling programmes as an ambassador for the closed loop recycling platform, Simply Bottles, which will be launched @ Middlesex in 2019. His role for ISD is driving environmental and sustainable initiatives, including visiting schools and colleges to discuss sustainability in the UAE, and building sustainable case studies and practical applications into curriculum. This in turn will lead to exciting studies in understanding the effect of marketing and education on behaviour patterns in sustainable practices in the UAE

Donya Saberi - Operations Coordinator

Donya Saberi is a Dubai based social science researcher, who is currently a Research Fellow and lecturer at Middlesex University, Dubai. She is interested in analyzing the social changes in the Middle East caused by political reforms and its global impacts. As the Operations Coordinator in ISD, Donya is eager to introduce its ISD members to the nation-wide sustainable projects of the UAE through on-site visits. 

Dr Heather Jeffrey - Gender and Development Lead

Dr Heather Jeffrey is an academic expert in women and development. She completed her PhD in gender and tourism in 2017 and has continued to work on a variety of projects related to women and tourism since then. Heather is an associate of Equality in Tourism, and a member of the Horizon 20-20 funded International for Comparative Analysis of Social Inequalities Network (INCASI). On a daily basis she can be found gendering the curriculum at Middlesex University Dubai – where she is the programme coordinator for tourism and hospitality postgraduate courses.

For key research publications click here

Mahine Rizvi Ahmad - Campaigns and Competitions Coordinator

Lecturer at Middlesex University Dubai - School of Law. Teaching focus includes Global Security, Migration & Citizenship, Global Governance & Sustainable Development & Campaigns & Social Change. Mentor of Model United Nations
MSc. (Hons.) Gender & Development - London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) UK, BA. (Hons.) International Relations with Development Studies - University of Sussex UK, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education - Middlesex University UK. 

Margo Tummel

Margo Tummel is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University Dubai’s School of Art and Design. Margo has been teaching Graphic Design since 2001 as well as developing her own business in Design and Fashion, and participating in Art Festivals and Exhibitions in both Australia and the UAE. Her working career started in the hospitality industry before she returned to university and graduated in Visual Communication at the University of South Australia. She has served as Senior Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at universities in Australia, China and the UAE. In the past, she has been actively involved in the Australian Graphic Design Association, and judging the Emirates Skills competition. She currently teaches a broad spectrum of graphic design subjects, and is Designer and Co-Director of her own Australian fashion label 'byFIG'.

Rhoderick Romano - Partnership Liaison

Rhoderick Romano is a Philosophy Major with the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines and did his MBA and PGCHE with Middlesex University Dubai. His corporate experience includes outsourcing operations and lead generation, operations management, B2B sales with a local conglomerate, team management for a large multi-national firm and entrepreneurship. His involvement with ISD is to forge strategic partnerships with important stakeholders such as Dubai Chamber of Commerce and a network of like-minded private firms for volunteering and community projects.

Dr Daphne Demetriou

Daphne Demetriou is a Senior Lecturer and PG Law and Politics Campus Programme Coordinator at Middlesex University Dubai. She holds an LLM in Public International Law and a PhD examining the international legal framework on Human Trafficking. Her research focuses on issues relating to human rights and international law. Daphne is dedicated to the UN Sustainable Development goals, and through both her teaching and research promotes all SDGs, with a focus on peace and justice, reduced inequalities and decent work. As the Research Liaison Officer of the Institute, Daphne works towards showcasing and promoting research supporting all SDGs.

As a member of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, Middlesex University Dubai shows its commitment to creating a just and prosperous world by being the first university in the UAE to report campus-wide activities towards the sustainable development goals and principles.

The Institute of Sustainable Development presents below the Communication on Engagement (COE) Report submitted to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) showing how Middlesex University Dubai embeds sustainable development goals and principles in operations, curricula, research and student experience.

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