Through teaching programmes, research and collaboration with businesses and administrators, we will co-create a powerful network of experts who can tackle issues from different and unconventional perspectives, gathering many hands to solve the ‘wicked problems’ arising from the complexity of infrastructure systems.
How can we adapt our infrastructure to be resilient to climate change? What can infrastructure do to address inequalities in society? How can we ensure natural resources do not become a source of conflict? How can we enhance data fluency in the construction and maintenance of infrastructure? How should we educate the next generation of leaders of major programmes? How can infrastructure contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals? How can we improve the safety of our citizens – and indeed those of all nations – in their interaction with infrastructure?
Our co-located academics will share ideas and embark upon joint projects with unparalleled depth and ease within an inter-disciplinary melting pot. In close collaboration with industry and government, the Centre will develop new research lines and co-designed teaching programmes that will respond to infrastructure’s most urgent issues.
We will offer postgraduate programmes leading to Certificates, Diplomas and Masters in specialist areas, beginning with a Masters in Leading Major Programmes. We are open to visionary leaders, public and private, who are interested in transformational change to co-design bespoke exec-ed courses in infrastructure design, delivery and innovation.
Upon launch, the Centre for Future Infrastructure will be a network across the Universities of Edinburgh and Heriot Watt, with outreach to others. In 2021 it will move into its permanent home within Edinburgh Futures Institute in the refurbished Old Royal Infirmary.