Infrastructure Systems

Collectively known as the Oxford Programme for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (OPSIS), our work provides research and education to enable sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

We are at the forefront of methodologies for analysing infrastructure systems and their interactions with the natural environment, people and the economy. We believe that the choices made about infrastructure, urbanisation and land use change are fundamental to the sustainability of the planet and the well-being of all its peoples. 

Our aim is to improve decision making by providing evidence and tools to analyse infrastructure systems’ resilience, explore possible futures and plot out pathways to sustainability.

Our work

Led by Professor Jim Hall, our group is made up of experts in all major economic infrastructure sectors – energy, transport, water, digital communications. We work closely with partners in government, business and international organisations to provide evidence to solve their infrastructure challenges – our research has been widely taken up by decision-makers worldwide.

Disruption to essential services from climate-related disasters such as droughts and floods can negatively impact millions of people. Using advanced analytics and cutting-edge science, we pin-point hotspots of vulnerability and the regions which will be most vulnerable in the future. We help governments, development banks and investors to enhance the resilience of infrastructure networks and improve disaster preparedness.

  • We are experts in infrastructure sectors and the interdependencies between them.
  • We analyse the performance of infrastructure systems and the services that they deliver to people, the economy and the environment. We are experts in systems analysis.
  • We study the interactions between infrastructure, people, the economy and the environment. We are committed to the three pillars of sustainability: environment, economy and society.
  • We conduct analysis at a range of spatial scales, up to global scale, using diverse big datasets.
  • We quantify the risks from climate extremes to infrastructure systems and use that information to prioritise adaptation, finance and disaster risk management.
  • We focus on improving decision-making, and are experts in methodologies for decision-making under uncertainty.
  • We are committed to open source codes and open data.

Find out more on the OPSIS website