May 27, 2014 § Leave a comment
Our current project, Sustainable futures, requires us to explore the relationship between technology and the contemporary environment. I decided to focus my research around bacteria. Recent studies demonstrate the massive impact they have on the environment and the potential beneficial applications in many areas of medicine and ecology that in depth knowledge and wider acceptance of their processes may bring. In order to better understand the subject matter and the wider context of sustainability, the relevant disciplines that formed my field of study were: microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry, ecology and environmental chemistry. This gave me insight into the properties of some species of bacteria, their interactions with the environment as well as intra-species and inter-species behaviors. It also led to a broader understanding of their role in the early evolution of life on earth. The angle that I developed in order to bring the narrative to life required a better understanding of some historical events and economic concepts, which, in turn, led to expanding my field of study with further reading into the following disciplines: history, philosophy, political economy and economics.