Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Edward Oughton


  • edward.oughton[at]ouce.ox.ac.uk

Research Groups

Edward Oughton

Honorary Research Associate


Edward is currently an Assistant Professor of Data Analytics at George Mason University and collaborating with Oxford faculty in a range of research areas. He was previously a Senior Research Associate at the Environmental Change Institute between 2018-2020.

His research is highly multi-disciplinary, drawing on analytical techniques from engineering and computer science, to answer new questions pertaining to policy, innovation, planning, economics, and sustainable development.

Edward has led many projects for organisations including the World Bank, Facebook Connectivity Lab, Oxford Economics, AIG, the Canadian Space Agency, Airbus Space and Defence, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, HM Treasury's National Infrastructure Commission, UK Department for Transport, the UK Met Office and the Asian Development Bank.

Edward received the Pacific Telecommunication Council Young Scholars Award in 2019, Best Paper Award 2019 from the Society of Risk Analysis, and the TPRC48 Charles Benton Early Career Scholar Award 2021. He holds an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Selected Publications


Oughton, E.J., Frias, Z., Russell, T., Sicker, D., Cleevely, D.D. (2018) Towards 5G: Scenario-based assessment of the future supply and demand for mobile telecommunications infrastructure. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2018.03.016.

Oughton, E.J., Frias, Z., Dohler, M., Crowcroft, J., Cleevely, D. D., Whalley, J., Sicker, D., and Hall, J. W. (2018) The strategic national infrastructure assessment of digital communications. Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance. doi.org/10.1108/DPRG-02-2018-0004.

Oughton, E.J. (2018) The economic impacts of critical national infrastructure failure due to space weather. Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Natural Hazard Science. doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199389407.013.315.


Oughton, E.J. and Frias, Z. (2017) The cost, coverage and rollout implications of 5G infrastructure in Britain. In Press. Telecommunications Policy. doi: 10.1016/j.telpol.2017.07.009.

Hall, J.W. and Oughton, E.J. (2017) Physical infrastructure networks and the fourth industrial revolution. In: World Economic Forum (ed.) Global risks report 2017. Geneva: World Economic Forum, 12th edition.

Oughton, E.J., Skelton, A., Horne, R.B., Thomson, A.W.P. and Gaunt, C.T. (2017) Quantifying the daily economic impact of extreme space weather due to failure in electricity transmission infrastructure. Space Weather. doi: 10.1002/2016SW001491.


Oughton, E. J., and Frias. Z. (2016) Exploring the cost, coverage and rollout implications of 5G in Britain: A report for the UK's National Infrastructure Commission. Cambridge: Centre for Risk Studies, Cambridge Judge Business School.

Oughton, E., Tran, M. and Jones, C. (2016) Digital communications and information systems. In: Hall, J.W., Tran, M., Hickford, A.J. and Nicholls, R.J. (eds.) The future of national infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.181-203. doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781107588745.010.

Hall, J.W., Thacker, S., Ives, M.C., Cao, Y., Chaudry, C., Blainey, S.P. and Oughton, E.J. (2016) Strategic analysis of the future of national infrastructure. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering, 170(1): 39-47. doi: 10.1680/jcien.16.00018.

Thoung, C., Beaven, R., Zuo, C., Birkin, M., Tyler, P., Crawford-Brown, D., Oughton, E.J. and Kelly, S. (2016) Future demand for infrastructure services. In: Hall, J.W., Tran, M., Hickford, A.J. and Nicholls, R.J. (eds.) The future of national infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.31-43.

Oughton, E.J., Copic, J., Skelton, A., Kesaite, V., Yeo, Z.Y., Ruffle, S.J., Tuveson M., Coburn A.W. and Ralph, D. (2016) Helios solar storm scenario (Cambridge Risk Framework Series). Cambridge: Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies.

Kelly, S., Leverett, E., Oughton, E.J., Copic, J., Thacker, S., Pant, R., Pryor, L. et al. (2016) Integrated infrastructure: cyber resiliency in society, mapping the consequences of an interconnected digital economy (Cambridge Risk Framework Series). Cambridge: Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies.


Oughton, E., Tyler, P. and Alderson, D. (2015) Who's superconnected and who's not? Investment in the UK's information and communication technologies (ICT) infrastructure. Infrastructure Complexity, 2(1): 6. doi: 10.1186/s40551-015-0006-7.


Parker, M., Acland, A., Armstrong, H.J., Bellingham, J.R., Bland, J., Bodmer, H.C., Burall, S. et al (2014) Identifying the science and technology dimensions of emerging public policy issues through horizon scanning. PLOS ONE, 9(5): e96480. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0096480.