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.

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.

Lead academics: William Powrie and David Richards

 

 

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.

Lead academics: Paul Jeffrey and Brian Collins

 

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.

Lead academic: Gordon Masterton

 

 

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.

Lead academic: Chris Rogers

 

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

UKCRIC is establishing and developing Research Routemaps for its Scientific Missions. The Routemaps direct 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 Routemaps, each led by a UKCRIC academic champion.

The eight Routemaps are:

Infrastructure and urban systems for one planet living

 

Low-carbon materials

Lean infrastructure

 

Transformational infrastructure and urban systems for a changing world

Digital twin and smart infrastructure 

Resilience – soil and water

 

Ownership, governance and business models for infrastructure and urban systems

Balancing risks and responsibilities 

Responsiveness to innovation and change

 

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

Accessible, affordable urban mobility 

Socially just utility service provision

 

 

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. Please get in touch with us at hello@ukcric.com

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