Born quantitative research skills. To apply the theoretical knowledge

Born
and raised in the world’s largest emerging economy, I have experienced
firsthand the dilemma faced by rapidly developing countries between high-speed
economic growth and concomitant environmental issues. Things like wearing masks
when going outside due to the periodic haze, changing personal lifestyle to
drink only bottled water, watching the movies which depicted the cities in
China besieged by the waste made me feel the unease about the surrounding
environment. Inspired by Gandhi’s quote which encourages the individual to be
the change he/she want to see, I determined to, instead of standing aside,
major in environment and development in Japan to systematically learn the
environmental technology and contribute my efforts to sustainable development.

 

Given the aforementioned interests, I have sought
opportunities to build up my knowledge necessary to understand and resolve
environmental problems during the studies in Japan and one-year exchange
program, which I undertook in Waterloo, Canada. Knowledge of ecology and
industrial ecology offered me with an insight into the resilience of ecosystems
and its possible implications to the industry and society. Case studies and
projects from environmental management system and corporate sustainability
allowed me to explore the driving forces and constraints for individual
enterprises and actors to go green and transform environmental protection into
competitiveness. Researches of energy and water governance helped me recognize
the importance of collaboration efforts among the state, communities and market
to use alternative technologies and policies achieve the transition to a more
sustainable development model. Lectures along with labs and seminars which
applied GIS technology, programming and remote sensing to spatial analysis and
environmental planning equipped me with quantitative research skills.

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To apply the theoretical knowledge into practices, I have
been working on my graduate thesis, analyzing critical factors of successful
biomass utilization in Hita city, Japan. The material-energy-financial flow
analysis and environmental impact assessment were first conducted to assess the
target biomass plant which uses anaerobic digestion to recover energy from
agriculture waste, manure and municipality solid waste. Then, semi-structured
interviews were applied to explore planning and adaptation of the certain
technology to the local conditions and changing policies and its regional
environmental governance.

 

The thesis was competed but some questions remained. How
the scientific knowledge could be diffused, adapted to various context to
achieve acceleration of sustainable development? How the leverage points like
goals, incentives, information flows can be restructured so that individual
rational actions can add up to results that everyone desires? Questions like
these piqued my interest to pursue further studies and the MSc Environmental
Technology at Imperial College is, therefore, a key to my aspirations. The
clearly structured courses, “learning-by-doing” case study and individual
research project will provide me with a unique chance to be trained with more
integrated knowledge, in-depth specialization, critical perspectives. I firmly
believe that systematic learning, rigorous training and practical techniques from
this program are advantageous to me to pursue a career in environmental
consultancy and make a substantial contribution to emerging global
environmental governance in a long run.