Our work spans across the world and at multiple scales. Explore the list of current projects below.
We have a number of UK-based projects focusing on issues related to our water, transport and food systems
The Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) is a consortium of seven UK universities led by the University of Oxford. ITRC has created a globally unique set of simulation models and methodologies to enable long-term cross-sectoral planning of sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems. The ITRC collaborates with partners in government, industry, academia and international organisations at global, national and regional scales.
The UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment (CGFI) is a national centre established to accelerate the adoption and use of climate and environmental data and analytics by financial institutions internationally. It will unlock opportunities for the UK to lead in greening finance and financing green. Within the CGFI we are leading the infrastructure flagship, which is developing new global-scale analysis of physical climate risks to infrastructure systems.
By integrating climate modelling, hydrological modelling and water resources system simulation, we are delivering a simulation model to inform large-scale strategic infrastructure planning by the Regulators’ Alliance for Progressing Infrastructure Development (RAPID).
DAFNI is the national platform to satisfy the computational needs in support of data analysis; infrastructure research; and strategic thinking for the UK’s long term planning and investment needs. First conceived of by Prof Hall, DAFNI has been developed at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell with more than £9million of support from EPSRC. The platform, which has now entered its operational phase, is supporting academic research that is aiming to provide the UK with a world leading infrastructure system that is more: efficient, reliable, resilient and affordable.
We are using spatial modelling to analyse possible patterns of urbanisation in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. We have analysed a range of different scenarios, including those that prioritize accessibility to public transport and green corridors for nature (nature recovery networks). We have used the NISMOD systems model to analyse how energy, water and digital networks can be provided sustainably for the Arc.
We are facilitating decision-makers across the world to plan for more resilient infrastructure
The threat of climate change in regions where vital natural resources - such as rivers - span political borders can exacerbate political disputes and lack of trust. The TRM programme is using systems analysis to analyse possible sustainable futures for transboundary resources in the eastern Nile Basin and the Jordan River Basin is is promoting practical cross-border co-operation.
As part of the FCDO-funded High Volume Transport (HVT) programme we are modelling the transport network in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia and analysing the resilience of trade and essential services to the future impacts of climate change. Work with colleagues in the University of Southampton, we are developing sustainability metrics to guide future transport development.
REACH is a global research programme to improve water security for the poor by delivering world-class science that transforms policy and practice. It is a nine-year programme (2015-2024) led by Oxford University with international consortium of partners and funded with UK Aid Direct from the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. We are working within the REACH programme to analyse climate risks to water infrastructure and explore sustainable responses.
GEMCLIME is a European collaboration that provides support for researcher mobility to exchange knowledge on energy economics and climate change. The project follows an integrated approach to modelling the effects of climate and energy policies. The project is structured in three main areas: the drivers of climate change, the impacts of the climate and energy policies, and the responses to climate and energy challenges.
As part of the Welcome Trust funded LEAP programme, we are analysing the impacts of livestock production on water resources at a global scale. We are analysing hotspots of where livestock production is contributing to water scarcity and harmful river water quality.
The Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub is a five-year project improving water security for a resilient future. The Hub brings together an international team to address these threats and contribute towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation). Within the Hub we are analysing the resilience of water infrastructure in Ethiopia to future climatic threats.
Building on many years of modelling the water resources in the Eastern Nile Basin we are providing a joint-learning platform between countries to enable online sharing of models and data which will establish a framework for future collaborative resource assessments. This will contribute to the aim of identifying tangible approaches for regional collaboration to alleviate shortages of water and energy supplies.
Working with UNOPS and the Ghana Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation, we are analysing climate risks to the provision of essential infrastructure services in Ghana, including water and energy. We have developed new methology to analyse the contribution that infrastructure makes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) programme is funded by the UK’s Foreign Development and Commonwealth Office (FCDO) to support investment in sustainable energy and transport systems to meet development priorities in the Global South. Within the CCG programme we are co-leading the System Integration theme, with a focus upon systems analysis of the resilience of energy and transport infrastructure to climate-related threats. We have developed a new online-learning course on infrastructure system planning.
As part of the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investments, we are developing a new spatial climate risk analysis for Jamaica, which is pinpointing and quantifying climate-related risks to energy, transport and water supplies in Jamaica. The platform is being used to quantify the physical climate risk to infrastructure investments and appraise resilient infrastructure options, including nature-based solutions.
The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium is convened as part of the Food and Land-Use Coalition (FOLU). It aims to understand how countries can transition towards sustainable land-use and food systems. FABLE comprises 20 country teams, which develop data and modelling infrastructure to promote ambitious, integrated strategies towards sustainable land-use and food systems.