Scientific Missions

Scientific Missions

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

UKCRIC’s work is underpinned by the belief that all infrastructure and urban systems must align with the values embodied in its four Scientific Missions. Not doing so far from guarantees the economic, societal and environmental outcomes the Missions represent and the UK aspires to achieve.

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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"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.



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.



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.



Innovative 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.



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