Measuring Sustainability


A fundamental aspect of gaining the most out of sustainability strategies is learning how to measure their progress or efficacy and evaluating a strategy or its underlying components. This course covers sustainability measurement and the skills needed to critique and improve sustainability outcomes for businesses and their stakeholders.

The knowledge and techniques taught on this course can be used to build sustainability strategies with clear, measurable outcomes and is especially valuable to businesses intending to further develop their sustainability plans. It is also suitable for those with existing plans who are looking to progress their sustainability agendas with effective measurements to monitor their progress.

Such measurements are essential for evaluating the success of a sustainability strategy, and to determine whether targets are being met and goals are being attained. Attendees will learn how to identify important indicators used to assess current sustainability and benchmark performance relative to commonly held good practice. They will then learn techniques for ongoing monitoring of their progression, and how to generate the data that is needed for reporting their journey towards becoming more sustainable.

Programme details

This two-day short course gives attendees the skills to measure and evaluate the efficacy of sustainability strategies.

The course includes:

  • How to design measurable sustainability objectives
  • Approaches to data collection and analysis in sustainability
  • Selection criteria to identify appropriate sustainability indicators
  • Techniques for the ongoing monitoring of sustainability indicators
  • How to reflect upon measurements and evaluate sustainability strategies

Intended audience

This course is designed for those with a commitment to sustainability and covers methods for measuring sustainability in an organisation or business process. For those looking for more comprehensive sustainability training, this course is the third in a five-part programme.

Pre-requisites: Serious about Sustainability will prepare participants for this course. A functional understanding of sustainability planning and strategy. Especially valuable for those with an existing sustainability plan, or who are preparing to design their sustainability plan.

This is part of a series of courses on Integrating Sustainability:

  1. Thinking about Sustainability

  2. Serious about Sustainability

  3. Measuring Sustainability

  4. Corporate Sustainability Frameworks

  5. Sustainability Reporting


Participants who attend the full course will receive a University of Oxford certificate of attendance. This will be presented to you prior to the end of the course wherever possible.

The certificate will show your name, the course title and the dates of the course you attended.


Description Costs
Course fee £695.00


Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.

All courses are VAT exempt.

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Dr Nigel Mehdi

An urban economist by background, Nigel is a chartered surveyor working at the intersection of information technology, the built environment and urban sustainability. Nigel gained his PhD in Real Estate Economics from the London School of Economics and he holds postgraduate qualifications in Politics, Development and Democratic EducationDigital Education and Software Engineering.

He has a long standing involvement in professional education both as a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors where he is a member of the Global Education Standards Board and with the Institution of Engineering and Technology where he is panel member for the accreditation of UK Engineering Council programmes in higher education.

Nigel is a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College and was previously a Visiting Fellow in the Spatial Economics Research Centre at the London School of Economics and a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and of the Higher Education Academy.


Nigel is part of the core team for the Masters in Sustainable Urban Development with responsibility for the economics stream since its inception and in 2017 he was awarded OUSU Outstanding Tutor within the Department for Continuing Education. Outside of the Department he teaches on the Software Engineering programme in the Department of Computer Science.

Research & Consultancy

Nigel acts as a consultant for both public and private sector organisations, including government, NGOs and global corporations. His research interests span the field of real estate economics and applications of digital technologies to the urban realm. This includes the measurement, reporting and computer modelling of sustainability in the built environment; spatial big data; intelligent buildings and smart cities. He is also interested in the application of digital education to the challenge of Education for Sustainability.

He recently completed a major research project for the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (2016) and he is currently engaged on a project defining and developing metrics for the measurement of sustainability in the smart city.

Recent publications

2017 Big Data, Smart Cities and Intelligent Buildings. Insight Paper, RICS Publications November 2017.

2018 Principles of Property Investment & Pricing. (co-authored with W.D. Fraser) 3rd Edition. Macmillan Education. Forthcoming.


Although not included in the course fee, accommodation may be available at our on-site Rewley House Residential Centre. All bedrooms are en suite and decorated to a high standard, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

To check prices, availability and to book rooms please visit the Rewley House Residential Centre website.