People

Principal Investigator

Jim Hall

Prof Jim Hall

University of Oxford, Director of the ITRC

Jim Hall is Director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the management of climate-related risks in infrastructure systems, in particular those related to flooding, coastal erosion and water scarcity. He moved to Oxford in 2011 having previously held academic positions in Newcastle University and the University of Bristol.

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Co-investigators

Stuart Barr

Prof Stuart Barr

Newcastle University, expert geospatial data analysis

Stuart Barr is Senior Lecturer in Geographic Information Systems at Newcastle University. His research interests include computational urban systems and urban earth observation, multisource remote sensing, and spatial, structural and statistical pattern recogniton for integrated GIS/EO analysis.

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Mark Birkin

Prof Mark Birkin

University of Leeds, expert in analysis of demographic change

Mark Birkin is Professor of Spatial Analysis and Policy at the University of Leeds. His major research interest is in simulating social and demographic change within cities and regions, and in understanding the impact of these changes on the need for services such as housing, roads and hospitals.

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Simon Blainey

Dr Simon Blainey

Lecturer, University of Southampton

Simon Blainey is a Lecturer in Transportation at the University of Southampton’s Transportation Research Group and is leading the development of the ITRC transport model along with the associated range of future transport strategies (together with John Preston). He is also involved in whole-life cost and carbon modelling for railway track systems (as part of the EPSRC-funded Track21 project), and has led a range of research projects on rail demand modelling and appraisal.

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David Cleevely

Dr David Cleevely

International Telecommunications Expert

David Cleevely is a member of the IET Communications Policy Panel and the Digital Economy Council, and has served on the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and the Ministry of Defence Board overseeing information systems and services. He is Chairman of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the Cambridge Science Centre and is an Ambassador of the Cambridge Humanitarian Centre. He is also an member of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute.

Doyne Farmer

Prof Doyne Farmer

Co-Director, Complexity Economics, The Oxford Martin School

Doyne Farmer is Director of the Complexity Economics program at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, Professor in the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. His current research is in economics, including agent-based modeling, financial instability and technological progress. His past research includes complex systems, dynamical systems theory, time series analysis and theoretical biology.

Nick Jenkins

Prof Nick Jenkins

Cardiff University, expert in energy supply and transmission

Nick Jenkins is Professor of Renewable Energy at Cardiff University, having previously worked at University of Manchester (UMIST). He spent 14 years in the energy industry, including 5 years in developing countries. Recent work has involved teaching and research activities in both electrical power engineering and renewable energy.

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Chris Kilsby

Prof Chris Kilsby

Newcastle University, expert in water resource systems

Chris Kilsby is Professor of Hydrology & Climate Change at Newcastle University. His main research interests are climate change impact assessments in the water sector: water resources, flood risk management and river flow regimes. Specialist climate scenarios in rainfall modelling and weather generators are also an important part of his work.

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Robert Nicholls

Prof Robert Nicholls

University of Southampton, expert in the impacts of climate change

Robert Nicholls is Professor of Coastal Engineering and Deputy Head of School of Civil Engineering and the Environment (Research) at the University of Southampton. His main areas of interest are long-term coastal engineering and management, in particular coastal impacts and adaptation to climate change, with an emphasis on sea-level rise.

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William Powrie

Prof William Powrie

University of Southampton, expert in solid waste and geotechnics

William Powrie is Director of University Knowledge Transfer Account and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment. The geotechnical aspects of transport infrastructure, and sustainable waste and resource management are his main areas of interest. His work encompasses groundwater control, in-ground construction to reduce environmental impacts and fundamental soil behaviour.

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John Preston

Prof John Preston

University of Southampton, expert in transport systems

John Preston is Head of the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. His research in transport covers demand and cost modelling, regulatory studies, and land-use and environment interactions and includes work on rail economics for Rail Research UK and leads the iConnect consortium examining walking and cycling.

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Peter Tyler

Prof Pete Tyler

University of Cambridge, expert in regional economics

Pete Tyler is a Professor in the Department of Land Economics at the University of Cambridge. He is an urban and regional economist with an extensive track record in consulting for the public and private sector, both in the UK and overseas. Most recently he has led a major collaborative research initiative, that investigates why new and growing enterprises thrive in certain places and not in others.

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Jim Watson

Dr Jim Watson

University of Sussex, expert on socio-technical transitions and the governance of energy systems

Jim Watson is Professor of Energy Policy (SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research) at the University of Sussex. His current research is focused on UK and international policies to support the development and deployment of sustainable, low carbon energy technologies, and has a long-standing interest in the development of gas turbine and ‘cleaner coal’ technologies for power generation.

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Jianzhong Wu

Prof Jianzhong Wu

Multi-vector energy systems, Cardiff University

Jianzhong Wu joined Cardiff University in June 2008. He researches Smart Grid and energy infrastructure, including modelling, analysis and design of integrated smart energy supply networks, i.e. integrated electricity/gas/heating/cooling/hydrogen networks. He has contributed to a number of EU and UK funded projects as a Principal Investigator or a Co-Investigator. He is a co-author of book “Smart Grid: Technology and Applications” (2012, Wiley).

Researchers

Daniel Adshead

Daniel Adshead

University of Oxford

Daniel’s doctoral research looks at informed decision-making within cross-sectoral infrastructure systems, with a focus on performance indicators, adaptive pathways modelling, and governance structures. He has a research background in development economics and environmental management, and broader interests in sustainable development, water security, and climate adaptation.

Rachel Beavan

Rachel Beavan

Director, Cambridge Econometrics

Rachel Beaven specialises in the application of economic modelling to policy analysis, policy evaluation and forecasting, for government and private sector clients. She has wide experience in directing and managing projects, notably in the areas of skills and employment, and the analysis of industry sectors.

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Manuel Buitrago

Manuel Buitrago

University of Southampton

Manuel Buitrago’s research includes the development of new models to assess capacity and demand for container seaports in the United Kingdom. These help to understand the role that UK’s port system plays in world logistics networks. In parallel, he is considering the traffic dynamics within the Hamburg–Le Havre range of seaports and analysing how they compete for traffic in the much-contested hinterlands. He is also interested in world-wide market dynamics and global flows of LNG and its role as a greener fuel for the shipping industry.

Ed Byers

Ed Byers

Newcastle University

Sustainable transitions for interdependent infrastructure futures: the water-energy nexus

Ed Byers’ research covers long-term infrastructure transitions, with a focus on the water-energy nexus. His particular focus has been modelling cooling water use by the UK electricity sector, and estimating water use from future electricity generation pathways. Ed also has a keen interest in how socio-technological transitions can inform policy and regulatory frameworks to accommodate infrastructure in our rapidly evolving and complex society. His background is in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Newcastle University and Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden). Ed is also affiliated with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

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Adrián Carro

Adrián Carro

University of Oxford, Institute for New Economic Thinking

Adrián Carro has extensive experience in simulation and agent-based modelling, as well as in the study of complex socio-economic systems. He is generally interested in the development of agent-based modelling techniques and the use of analytical tools from statistical physics for the purpose of understanding the economy as a complex system, with a focus on policy assessment.

Adrián’s current work focuses on the development of spatially-distributed agent-based models to study the economic impact of infrastructure investments. In particular, his models try to capture the mechanisms by which transport infrastructure has an impact on the dynamics of housing markets and, as a consequence, on the spatial distribution of housing.

Dr. Modassar Chaudry

Cardiff University

Modassar is a senior Research Fellow in the School of Engineering at Cardiff University. He previously worked for a management consultancy specialising in modelling and analysis of energy systems. His expertise covers a range of energy topics in particular modelling and analysis of gas, electricity and heating supply systems (multi-vector energy systems).

Sven Eggimann

Sven Eggimann

Researcher, University of Oxford

Sven Eggimann is a geographer and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. His research models energy demands within the ITRC program. He is a specialist in Geographical Information Systems and Sustainable Infrastructure Transitions.

Adrian Hickford

Researcher, University of Southampton

Adrian Hickford’s research interests include improvements to road safety and current practices of road traffic accident data gathering and use, traveller information systems and telecommunications-transport interaction including teleservices, and particularly teleworking.

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Ralitsa Hiteva

Ralitsa Hiteva

Researcher, University of Sussex

Ralitsa Hiteva is a researcher at the SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research), University of Sussex. She is an economic geographer specialising in energy governance and currently working on analysing existing and potential governance frameworks for managing infrastructure interdependence and co-ordination. Her research interests include effective scales in the governance of infrastructure interdependence and low carbon energy infrastructure; renewable energy and natural gas connection to the grid and transmission; intermediaries and intermediation.

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Xi Hu

Xi Hu

University of Oxford

Xi Hu’s research focuses on understanding how the Chinese infrastructure system is vulnerable to climate change impacts and what the adaptation implications are for policy-makers. Before joining the ECI, Xi conducted policy research at the Chinese Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Land and Resources on both domestic and global levels. She also worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on Sino-African relations, UK-India Business council on corporate social responsibility, and as an analyst at Legal & General on investing in China.

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Jiashun Huang

Jiashun Huang

University of Oxford

Jiashun Huang is undertaking doctoral study at the School of Geography and the Environment and the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the University of Oxford. Jiashun has a broad range of research interests in economics, environment, development and policy. Jiashun currently focuses on exploring the economic effects of infrastructure. He obtained a BSc in Management and an MPhil in Land Economy Research.

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Matt Ives

Matt Ives

Systems modeller, University of Oxford

Matt has extensive experience in systems modelling, environmental sustainability, economics, and information technology. His work covers pioneering areas of research and includes the valuation of changes in human morbidity and mortality from infrastructure improvement projects, the impact of model structure uncertainty on fisheries stock assessment, and the development of a bio-economic fisheries modelling and assessments tool known as BIOMAS.

Matt’s current work focuses on developing a modelling framework to integrate key infrastructure components to improve understanding of the implications of changing socio-economic and climactic conditions on sustainability and economic prosperity.

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Lahiru Jayasuriya

Lahiru Jayasuriya

Institute of Energy, School of Engineering, Cardiff University

Lahiru Jayasuriya is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He specialises in modelling and simulating renewable energy systems, with a particular interest in detailed representation of complex distribution multi vector energy systems and their analysis. My studies will further investigate the impact of distribution level interactions on transmission network operating decisions, given specific scenarios such as high penetration of distributed generation, renewables and decarbonising of heat.

This work will be directly included in the development of the energy supply model under MISTRAL.

Qingyuan Ji

Qingyuan Ji

Newcastle University

Qingyuan Ji is a PhD student in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences in Newcastle University. His research is developing an intra-city level platform to analyse and simulate the urban infrastructure networks at a fine spatial scale. The project aims to provide tools for a better understanding of resilience and interdependency of urban infrastructure networks, and for future infrastructure planning and management.

Elco Koks

Elco Koks

University of Oxford

Elco is an economist and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. He has extensive experience in disaster risk modelling and management. His main research interest is the development of macroeconomic modelling frameworks to assess the economy-wide disruptions due to disasters. Currently, he focuses on the integration of critical infrastructure systems in these macroeconomic models on a global scale.

Roald Lemmen

University of Oxford

Roald works in the role of research software developer and is actively collaborating with domain experts throughout the consortium to facilitate in their need of software development. He is also involved in maintaining legacy software, to ensure availability of the NISMOD modelling platform to the ITRC and its industrial partners.

Roald has a background in Engineering with several years of experience in professional software development for industrial control systems and embedded applications.

Jade Leung

Jade Leung

University of Oxford

Jade is focusing on the transferability of system-of-systems national infrastructure assessment and planning tools across a variety of international contexts, with a particular focus on emerging and post-conflict economies. Her work focuses on the development of cross-sectoral policy strategies under conditions of uncertainty. Jade’s has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Auckland, and an MPhil in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge.

Nik lomax

Nik Lomax

University of Leeds

Nik Lomax’s research focuses on the way in which demographic behaviour changes over time and how people interact with the areas in which they live and work. Much of his work focuses on the dynamic processes involved in migration, and also the social implications of changing demographic composition: household formation, social exclusion and population ageing, for example. Areas are shaped by changing economic conditions, policy interventions and social attitudes, which in turn has an impact on demographic behaviour. Modelling and explaining these complex interaction is key to the work which Nik does.

Milan Lovric

Milan Lovric

University of Southampton

Milan’s current research focuses on the development of a multi-modal transport model for the UK. The objective of his research is to increase the spatiotemporal resolution of the ITRC’s transport model to enable strategic and operational policy analysis and examine the role of cross-sectoral interdependencies. Milan has extensive modelling and simulation experience, especially with agent-based models in transport, economics and finance.

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Aman Majid

Aman Majid

University of Oxford

Aman Majid’s research focuses on the energy-water nexus in the UK. In particular, his research seeks to understand the complex interdependencies between the water and energy sectors, as well as modelling the impacts of planned future technologies such as intermittent renewables and desalination. Aman has a background in engineering, and has worked as a Process Optimisation Engineer, as well as in consultancy, focusing on the energy and utilities sectors.

Ed Oughton

Ed Oughton

University of Cambridge

The evolution of the physical internet infrastructure and its impact on the economic development of cities

Ed Oughton’s research looks at the evolution of the physical Internet infrastructure and its impact on the economic development of cities. He has experience in a range of urban, regional, national and international issues, in a variety of fields, from economics to geography to innovation studies.

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Raghav Pant

Raghav Pant

Infrastructural Network Analyst

Raghav Pant’s role is Infrastructure Network Analyst studying the risks of failures of National Infrastructure networks due to climate related hazards. His doctoral research concentrated on robust decision-making and dynamic resilience analysis for interdependent industry and infrastructure systems. Raghav’s broader research interests lie in decision and risk analysis, economic interdependency modelling, robust optimisation, and data mining. He also won the Lloyd’s Science of Risk Prize 2016 – find out more.

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Maria Prenolato

Maria Pregnolato

Newcastle University

Maria’s research focuses on the modelling of infrastructure risk within cities. Her PhD explored the impact of flooding on road networks by investigating the development of a probabilistic methodology for managing risk by modelling urban transport networks, through a combination of climate simulations and fine spatial scale representation of infrastructure. In ITRC-MISTRAL, Maria will contribute to advanced demographic analytics for future housing and infrastructure development by developing urban systems models of current and future infrastructure demand at the household/building level.

James Pritchard

James Pritchard

University of Southampton

James Pritchard has a broad range of transport-related research interests, with a particular focus on rail. His EngD thesis considered the environmental sustainability of rail travel in comparison with other modes, giving him experience of energy and carbon analysis, of wider sustainability concerns and of the relative merits of different transport modes. He has since built on that by working on a project with Arup focusing mainly on emissions carbon in railway infrastructure, and his major research focus at the moment is in the area of crowding and related behavioural responses.

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Meysam Qadrdan

Researcher, Cardiff University

Meysam Qadrdan’s doctoral research looks at energy environmental system modelling, renewable energy, the transition to a sustainable energy system as well as energy economics.

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Craig Robson

Craig Robson

Newcastle University

Craig Robson is a researcher with an interest in the robustness and resilience of critical spatial infrastructure networks to hazards, and through this work has developed experience in the design of data management and visualisation systems for the large and complex datasets employed in the analysis of infrastructure networks. His current work continues to explore both these areas within ITRC.

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Tom Russell

Tom Russell

University of Oxford

Tom is a research software developer working on designing, developing and integrating tools and models for infrastructure planning and assessment, in collaboration with infrastructure sector and modelling specialists across several universities. Where possible this development is being done in the open, as open-source from the beginning.

Tom’s research software background is around spatial networks and geographical visualisation, previously working and studying at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) on the Mechanicity project and miscellaneous other software and design projects for the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership project and the BBC.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

University of Leeds

Dr Andrew Smith recently returned to academia after a long spell as a Quantitative Analyst in the City of London. His PhD was in computational physics, and he brings a wealth of experience in numerical/scientific software development. His current interests lie in algorithms for microsynthesis and the use of machine learning to gain insights from large datasets. He is a firm believer in the open-source software development model.

Scott Thacker

Scott Thacker

University of Oxford

Reducing the risk of failure in interdependent national infrastructure network systems

Scott Thacker’s current interests focus on modelling complex interdependent infrastructure networks at national and local scales, in particular, adopting a ‘system of systems’ approach to evaluate the risk of failure posed to interdependent infrastructure networks by extreme climatic events. Scott won the Young Scientist Award at the International Conference on Vulnerability and Risk Analysis and Management (ICVRAM) in 2014.

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William Usher

William Usher

University of Oxford

Will is working on developing optimisation methods for the systems-of-systems model NISMOD v2.0, which will integrate models of multiple infrastructure systems at a national scale and at a high spatial resolution. Prior to working on ITRC at the University of Oxford, he spent 7 years as a post-doc and graduate student at University College London, and completed a taught masters in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London.

Will’s research portfolio includes the application of sensitivity analysis techniques and multi-state stochastic programming methods to the field of Energy System Optimisation Modelling. He is an experienced user of Energy System Models, such a MARKAL, TIMES and the ETI-ESME model.

Support team

Miriam Mendes

Miriam Mendes

ITRC Programme manager

Miriam is the Programme Manager for ITRC. Her interests include biology-related global enterprises and challenges, and more recently those that have a strong impact on sustainable social and economic distribution of resources.

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Kay Jenkinson

Kay Jenkinson

Communications Officer

Kay Jenkinson joined ITRC as Communications Officer in November 2016. Previously she worked at UK Climate Impacts Programme  where she was responsible for communicating climate change adaptation research. Kay has also worked in communications roles in local government, the charitable sector and for a social enterprise, on topics as diverse as community energy, EU policy and gender equality.