Shaping the future of resilient and sustainable infrastructure
The Oxford Programme for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (OPSIS) provides research and education to enable sustainable and resilient infrastructure. We are at the forefront of methodologies for analysing infrastructure systems (energy, transport, water and telecommunications) and their interactions with the natural environment, people and the economy.
We believe that the choices made about infrastructure, urbanization and land use change are fundamental to the sustainability of the planet and the well-being of all its peoples. We aim to improve decision making by providing evidence and tools to analyse infrastructure systems’ resilience, explore possible futures and plot out pathways to sustainability.
We are part of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. Our group, led by Professor Jim Hall, is made up of experts in all major economic infrastructure sectors such as energy, water, transport, and digital communications. Our research is distinctive because:
Disruption to essential services from climate-related disasters such as droughts and floods can negatively impact millions of people. We use advanced analytics and cutting-edge science to pin-point hotspots of vulnerability and the most vulnerable regions in the future. We help governments, development banks and investors to enhance the resilience of infrastructure networks and improve disaster preparedness.
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Our work spans across the world and at multiple scales. Explore the map or see our project list to find out more.