UKCRIC is working to benefit society by encouraging disparate areas of infrastructure to work collaboratively with each other.

It is working to improve infrastructure for the benefit of all citizens, and is doing this by adhering all research projects to a set of missions. These missions are designed to facilitate the delivery of interconnected, integrated and multi-disciplinary research programmes and projects.

The four missions are:



Infrastructure and urban systems for one planet living

Empowering society to thrive within the capacity of the planet through responsible consumption, resource efficiency and sustainable growth.


Ownership, governance and business models for infrastructure and urban systems

Coping with greater system interdependencies, changing patterns of use and new, disruptive technologies whilst at the same time delivering social justice and affordability.


Transformational infrastructure and urban systems for a changing world

Enabling infrastructure and urban systems to adapt to the challenges of climate change, changing patterns of use, societal expectations and emergent technologies.


Infrastructure and urban systems as drivers of equity, inclusion and social justice

Forging healthy, happy and productive lives for all through urban design, planning, policy and infrastructure.



You can also download the Missions Postcard.

UKCRIC has adopted a Missions-oriented approach, which focuses on problem-specific societal challenges, which many different sectors interact to solve. The focus on problems, and new types of collaborations between public and private actors to solve them, creates the potential for greater spillovers than a sectoral approach. 

The missions are a work in progress, and continue to evolve through discussion, workshops and shifting societal needs. 

All of UKCRIC’s research projects are working to contribute to one or more of these missions. We are actively seeking new research collaborations that align with our missions. Please get in touch with us at hello@ukcric.com

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