Scientific Missions

Scientific Missions

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

UKCRIC is driven by research in four Scientific Missions, each working to develop and deliver breakthrough research for the benefit of society. The Scientific Missions are designed to facilitate the delivery of interconnected, integrated and transdisciplinary research programmes and projects.

UKCRIC is establishing and developing Research Agendas for each of the Scientific Missions that bring into focus problem-specific societal challenges that require many different sectors to interact to find a solution. This focus on problems, rather than on sectors, means that solutions can be applied to multiple challenges faced by society.

The Research Agendas aim to facilitate investments in the UKCRIC facilities and shape collaborations with UKCRIC Members and others from the wider stakeholder community. UKCRIC’s initial science programme comprises eight agendas, each led by a UKCRIC academic champion.

"The Missions are a work in progress, and continue to evolve through discussion, workshops and shifting societal needs. "
Prof. Paul Jeffrey

The four Scientific Missions are:


Infrastructure and urban systems for one planet living

Accelerating sustainability through substantial advances in responsible consumption, resource efficiency and sustainable growth and helping the UK meet its carbon targets.



Ownership, governance and business models for infrastructure and urban systems

Developing innovative models for coping with greater system interdependencies, changing patterns of use and new, disruptive technologies while at the same time delivering social justice and affordability.



Transformational infrastructure and urban systems for a changing world

Pioneering methods in infrastructure and urban systems design to meet the challenges of climate change, changing patterns of use, societal expectations and emergent technologies.


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

Providing the underpinning, transdisciplinary research platforms for forging healthy, happy and productive lives for all through urban design, planning, policy and infrastructure.



Cross cutting themes within each Mission, alongside links with UKCRIC’s facilities and industry, are central to achieving UKCRIC’s vision.

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. 


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