Dr Scott Thacker


Research Groups


Dr Scott Thacker

Honorary Research Associate


Dr Scott Thacker is a research scientist based at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. His research focuses on modelling the function and performance of infrastructure systems at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.

As a member of the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC), Scott has developed novel methodology and a number of successful collaborations with external stakeholders from across government and industry. Collaboration highlights include the identification of criticality hotspots with Infrastructure UK at HM Treasury, understanding the implications of distributed generation for the UK national electricity transmission operator - National Grid, and the identification of vulnerabilities within the UK's interdependent infrastructure systems for the Committee on Climate Change, Adaptation Sub-Committee.

Working with Sir John Armitt at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Scott has coordinated the analysis that underpins the UK's first systems-based assessment of national infrastructure needs. As a follow-up to this activity, Scott is currently engaged with the UK National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to assist with the development of their first national infrastructure assessment.

Scott has accumulated a diverse range of experience by working on infrastructure-related projects in multiple countries around the world that includes: Costa Rica, India, South Korea, Germany, New Zealand, Hungary, the USA, France, and the UK. Through his current role on the ITRC's MISTRAL program Scott is working with the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS) to transfer their national infrastructure modelling capabilities to developing, post-disaster and post-conflict countries.

Alongside interaction with external stakeholders, Scott is an active member of the academic community and has published research on the topics of applied infrastructure network risk, climate change adaptation, long-term infrastructure planning, environmental sustainability and complex networks. In 2014 he was awarded the ICVRAM Young Scientist Award for his research into the vulnerability of future electricity networks in the UK. In 2015 he was awarded the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Merit Prize for his work on multi-scale infrastructure systems risk.

Scott holds a PhD in infrastructure systems modeling from the University of Oxford, a Masters degree in hydro-informatics and water management from Newcastle University and a Bachelors degree in civil engineering from Loughborough University.

Research Interests

  • Multi-scale infrastructure systems
  • Complex networks
  • Vulnerability and risk analysis