Re-evaluating infrastructure: using Big Data to develop and quantify new notions of infrastructure resilience


Contact Professor Lex Comber to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Infrastructure resilience is related to not just resilience to physical events but also to public interaction with those events. Interactions and thus the ‘value’ of infrastructure change as the physical environment changes. Traditional approaches for quantifying infrastructure value are grounded in economics which a) frequently ignore non-economic returns (e.g. social, technical, political) and b) fail to account for important additional characteristics of infrastructure, the systemic character of infrastructure, the possibility of non- marginal effects, and endogenous preferences. The issue here is that many different actors in this arena – academics, utilities companies etc. – agree on the need for alternative measure of infrastructure resilience .

This research uses data, for example on health outcome, to generate alternative evaluations of infrastructure and critically their failure. It analyses individual level health data and considers the wider impacts of the Boxing Day floods, for example on public health employment disruption, spending patterns, in order to augment tradition cost benefit analysis and valuations of infrastructure. 

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in the relevant subject area.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the ‘Re-evaluating infrastructure: using Big Data to develop and quantify new notions of infrastructure resilience' as well as Professor Lex Comber as your proposed supervisor.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information about the application process please contact Jacqui Manton e: