Governance Infrastructure Sustainability
Supporting Delivery of Government Priorities and the National Infrastructure Strategy
UKCRIC's systemic approach is essential to de-risking the UK’s planned £600Bn 10-year investment in infrastructure
Over the past year or so, the UKCRIC community has collectively decided to advance its research by an approach based on Missions. We have identified four high-level Missions that link national and international goals and priorities with past, present and future Programmes and Projects:
While each Programme and Project, whether large or small, fulfils a specific need and creates its own discrete advances in knowledge, we are now developing “Propositions” as integrating structures around which researchers, practitioners and all other stakeholders can mobilise our collaborative efforts.
Propositions provide a narrative that speaks upward to one or more (maybe all) of the Missions, and beyond them to UK Government and global goals and priorities. Equally, they articulate a narrative that links past, current or new Programmes and Projects to the Proposition to help synthesise and coordinate activities. This in turn enables Programmes and Projects to describe briefly and simply how they contribute to the Proposition’s goals and support the Proposition’s delivery, and to shape the way they can achieve both.
Propositions are emergent and, while not distinguished by scale, they should ideally address intrinsically complex issues and have multiple, coherent discernible outcomes and benefits that support the Missions. They are a way of bundling Programmes and Projects and, as such, should be at a scale that is appropriate for UKCRIC to champion (e.g. to Government or other funders). There are no fixed rules for the creation of a Proposition, though they may helpfully be structured using the DPSIR (Drivers, Pressures, State, Impact and Response) model of intervention. Finally, a Proposition’s narrative will need to be malleable to fit the story to be told and the audience to which it is to be told.
UKCRIC is in the process of creating a number of Propositions, including A Proposition for Sustainable and Resilient Transport Bridges and A Proposition for Making Effective Interventions in Infrastructure & City Systems. Advancing the narrative will draw in other aspects (e.g. enhancing engineering value, health & wellbeing) as the thinking matures.