Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Photo: The NISMOD-LP tool provides pioneering modelling capabilities
  • 4 April 2016

A pioneering partnership: The ITRC and UNOPS work together to support long-term national infrastructure planning

The Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC), led by the ECI, and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has formed a partnership to pioneer the necessary modelling tools, support and guidance to governments to enable long-term planning on national infrastructure, which is robust in the face of an uncertain future.

"ITRC, led by the University of Oxford, has built the world's first Systems of Systems modelling capability, [which encompasses] energy, transport, water, waste and digital communications"

Professor Jim Hall, Principal Investigator (ITRC) and Director of the ECI

The Systems of Systems Approach to Infrastructure approach will support the development of infrastructure that is resilient to future shocks and will underpin strategic evidence-based decision making for investments in infrastructure. UNOPS support and guidance will include assistance to developing long-term national infrastructure plans anchored within a development vision, designed to allow governments to efficiently use existing assets, prioritize new projects, and ​​effectively use financial resources to deliver maximum socio-economic benefits to local communities.

ECI academics and researchers working with ITRC include Professor Jim Hall, Dr Nick Eyre, Dr Matt Ives, Scott Thacker and Dr Raghav Pant. ECI affiliated DPhil students working on the project include Robert Carlsson, Xi Hu and Kate Young. ECI staff member Miriam Mendes is Programme Manager of the ITRC Programme.

More details on this initiative can be seen in the videos below.

"With the NISMOD-LP tool you can put in national infrastructure pipeline projects and project into the future alternative worlds of different demographics, different climate change scenarios, and see how well the pipeline does."

Dr Matt Ives, Systems Modeller, ECI


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