A reliable, safe and resilient infrastructure able to supply water, energy, communications, waste services and transport systems is essential to society and requires innovative solutions to ensure our future infrastructure contributes towards delivering a healthy, productive and sustainable society.

There is a need to understand how our infrastructure will evolve over the next 20-100 years in response to environmental, demographic, economic and technologic changes. Our infrastructure is a system of interconnected systems and a strong understanding of the interdependencies between infrastructure assets, and the impact of failure within and upon these systems is essential.

Our ambition is to continue developing innovative solutions for infrastructure that are sustainable, use less environmental and economic resource, are low carbon and affordable to use, and ensure our infrastructure is resilient to shocks in the systems such as climate change, population increases and changes in user behaviour.

Related research areas

EPSRC Review of the Sustainable Urban Environments (SUE) and Adaptation and Resilience to a Changing Climate (ARCC) programmes.

These programmes supported interdisciplinary research to address emergent social challenges concerned with the effect of environmental change on the UK infrastructure and urban environment. An expert panel was convened by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to consider and review available evidence from investment in these programmes, to provide independent advice on the effectiveness and impact of the programmes, and particularly to identify transferable lessons. This report sets out the Panel findings and recommendations.

We would be pleased to receive any comments you may have on the review and its recommendations. Please send these to Philippa Hemmings ( ), the Head of the LWEC challenge programme at EPSRC.