Dr Theo Hacking

PhD (Cantab)MSc Eng

College position:

Director of Studies for Engineering (Years 3 and 4, including Manufacturing Engineering)

Theo Hacking
Theo Hacking

Before embarking on an academic career, Theo spent 15 years working in industry. His early career involved traditional Civil engineering, including geotechnical and structural design, construction and project management. He became specialised in environmental engineering and over time the focus of his work broadened to cover environmental management and sustainable development in a corporate context. His area of particular expertise became the social and environmental impact assessment of major projects.

From 2003 to 2006 he took a career break to undertake research towards a PhD at Cambridge, which involved an investigation into the 'Sustainability Assessment' of mining projects. After another short stint working in industry, Theo returned to Cambridge’s Engineering Department in 2008 as a Senior Research Associate. In this role he oversaw the establishment of an industry-funded research programme into energy efficiency in the built environment, and supervised research by Master's and PhD students.

In 2010 he moved to the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, a Department within the School of Technology, where he oversees a portfolio of part-time graduate programmes that covers topic relating to business and sustainability.

Subject areas

Decision support tools for sustainability/ sustainable development, including social and environmental impact assessment and sustainability assessment Sustainable project design Teaching And Professional Interests: Sustainability/ sustainable development Sustainable/ responsible business; corporate social responsibility Engineering for sustainable development Sustainable project design

Research Interests


    Links to online publications, articles or other work

    PhD: Assessment for Sustainable Development - Theoretical Framework and Mining Sector Case Studies from Canada, Namibia, and South Africa.


    Peer-reviewed Papers:

    • M.C. Georgiadou, T. Hacking (2013). Future-Proofed Energy Design: Criteria and Application to the Code for Sustainable Homes, International Journal of Building Services Engineering Research & Technology, Vol. 43(1).
    • M.C. Georgiadou, T. Hacking (2012). Strategies and Techniques to Future-Proof the Energy Performance of Housing Developments, International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Vol. 6 (2); pp. 160-174.
    • M.C. Georgiadou, T. Hacking, P. Guthrie (2012). A Conceptual Framework for Future-Proofing the Energy Performance of Buildings, International Journal of Energy Policy, Vol 47; pp. 145-155.
    • Parkinson A.T., Friedman K.S., Hacking T., Cooke A.J., Guthrie P.M., 2012. Exploring scenarios for the future of energy management in UK property. Building Research and Information, 40(3) 373-388.
    • Hacking, T. and Guthrie, P. M. (2008) 'A framework for clarifying the meaning of Triple Bottom-Line, Integrated, and Sustainability Assessment', Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 28(2-3), pp.73-89.

    Other Articles:

    • Hacking, T. (2004) 'The Politician's New Principles', The Environmentalist, 23, June 2004, pp.36-36.
    • Hacking, T. (2001a) 'An Innovative Approach to Structuring Environmental Impact Assessment Reports - Part 1: General Framework', Geotechnical News, 19(2), June 2001, pp.59-62.
    • Hacking, T. (2001b) 'An Innovative Approach to Structuring Environmental Impact Assessment Reports - Part 2: Ranking the Significance of Environmental Aspects', Geotechnical News, 19(3), September 2001, pp.56-59.

    Book Chapters:

    • Hacking, T. and Guthrie, P. M. (2010) 'Assessment for Sustainable Development: Theoretical Framework and Application to the Mining Sector', In Handbook of Strategic Environmental Assessment (Eds: Sadler, B., Aschemann, R., Dusik, J., Fischer, T., Partidario, M. and Verheem, R.), Eartscan, London.
    • Hacking, T., Brownlie, S. and Govender, K. (2007) 'Integration – Making the Links', In Enhancing the effectiveness of Strategic Environmental Assessment in South Africa (Eds: Govender, K., Audoun, M. and Brownlie, S.), CSIR, Pretoria, pp.28-38.
    • Hacking, T. and Guthrie, P. M. (2006) 'Sustainable Development Objectives: Why are they needed and where do they come from?', Journal of Environmental Assessment, Policy and Management, 8(3), pp.341-371.
    • Sánchez, L. E. and Hacking, T. (2002) 'An approach to linking environmental impact assessment and environmental management systems', Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 20(1), pp.25-38.

    Book Reviews:

    • Hacking, T. (2009) 'A mega-book for mega-mines: Review of Mining and the Environment: From Ore to Metal by Karlheinz Spitz and John Trudinger (CRC Press, 2008)', Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 27(3), pp.253-254.

    Course Notes:

    • Hacking, T. (2009) 'Unit 7: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)', In Project Appraisal and Impact Analysis, Centre for Financial and Management Studies, SOAS, University of London.
    • Hacking, T. (2009) 'Unit 8: Impact Assessment – Additional Tools and Techniques', In Project Appraisal and Impact Analysis, Centre for Financial and Management Studies, SOAS, University of London.