In Practice: Delivery of sustainable infrastructure services

We work with national and international partners to help them make better choices about the future of national infrastructure. We help them to create infrastructure policies, plans, investments and systems that are sustainable and resilient in an uncertain world.

Investing in infrastructure for an uncertain future is one of the major challenges for governments, policymakers, urban planners and international bodies. Climate change, population growth, emerging technologies and resource shortages has made effective infrastructure planning for a turbulent world a key focus for decades to come. 

Using our innovative modelling system-of-systems approach, we help decision-makers analyse long-term strategies and make informed investment decisions.

At the core of our work is analysis of:

  • the interdependencies of national and international infrastructure to provide an overall assessment, and
  • understanding risk, vulnerabilities and resilience of interdependent networked infrastructure.

USE CASES

Analysis and development of model for addressing climate change/disaster risks in multi-modal transport networks in Vietnam
Analysis and development of model for addressing climate change/disaster risks in multi-modal transport networks in Vietnam

This analytical work aimed to set out a vision and strategy for climate-smart transport in Vietnam, in order to ensuring its resilience against future risks. read more

Pathways to decarbonise transport in England’s Economic Heartland
Pathways to decarbonise transport in England’s Economic Heartland

The study assessed outputs from the NISMOD transport model to investigate the effects of population change on travel demand, and the subsequent impact of different sets of options, or ‘Pathways’, read more

Low carbon energy supply strategies for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc region
Low carbon energy supply strategies for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc region

This research was funded by a grant from the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council to the ITRCResearch question & scope The energy supply model is utilised to evaluate how ... read more

ITRC transport modelling for the OxCam Arc
ITRC transport modelling for the OxCam Arc

Dr Simon Blainey, Associate Professor in Transportation within Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Southampton, outlines his recent research into road transport possibilities for the read more

Argentina – Transport risk analysis
Argentina – Transport risk analysis

This study sought to identify locations of vulnerabilities and risks in transport systems due to external shocks from natural hazards driven by climate change in Argentina. read more

Uruguay Road Rehabilitation and Maintenance Program: Training Workshop
Uruguay Road Rehabilitation and Maintenance Program: Training Workshop

A 3-day workshops focused on providing hands-on training on how to work with spatial data and use spatial analysis tools. read more

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

ITRC infrastructure analysis: OxCam Arc
ITRC infrastructure analysis: OxCam Arc

Evaluating impact of local, regional and national choices on sustainable future options ITRC launched a report on the use of infrastructure systems analysis to inform planning and design of the ... read more

New tools bring unique insights for policymakers and planners
New tools bring unique insights for policymakers and planners

The UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) is the driver behind much of the UK’s groundbreaking research into infrastructure modelling and analytics; analysing future 5G network read more

More accurate town planning thanks to ITRC’s Urban Development Model
More accurate town planning thanks to ITRC’s Urban Development Model

The ITRC’s Urban Development Model (UDM) is a new research tool which can be used to identify areas in the UK suitable for future residential development along with the types of dwellings needed ... read more

New paper highlights dangers of locking in patterns of unsustainable global infrastructure spend
New paper highlights dangers of locking in patterns of unsustainable global infrastructure spend

Built well, infrastructure can demonstrably and positively contribute to areas from economic prosperity and employment to health and education and the safeguarding of the planet’s natural ... read more

Infrastructure as an economic imperative and essential ingredient of all the UN’s SDGs
Infrastructure as an economic imperative and essential ingredient of all the UN’s SDGs

The UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) landmark report addresses how infrastructure helps meet sustainable ... read more

Ageing space weather forecasting satellites pose huge risks to UK economy
Ageing space weather forecasting satellites pose huge risks to UK economy

Space weather events that frequently occur on the surface or the corona of the Sun, also known as solar storms, can cause severe disruption to essential national infrastructure such as power ... read more

RESEARCH THEMES

ENERGY
TRANSPORT
WATER
DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS
DEMOGRAPHICS
URBAN
DEVELOPMENT
ECONOMICS
INFRASTRUCTURE
GOVERNANCE
NISMOD
RISK AND
RESILIENCE
RESEARCH SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
DATABASES