ICIF will create a shared, facilitated learning environment in which social scientists, engineers, industrialists, policy makers and other stakeholders can research and learn together to understand how better to exploit the technical and market opportunities that emerge from the increased interdependence of infrastructure systems.
Because infrastructure innovations alter the social distribution of risks and rewards, the public needs to be involved in decision making to ensure business models and forms of regulation are socially robust. As a consequence, ICIF has a major focus on using its research to catalyse a broader national debate about the future of the UK's infrastructure, and how it might contribute towards a more sustainable, economically vibrant, and fair society.
- To achieve a major improvement in policy making and commercialisation of future infrastructure provision, from design to operation, using a multidisciplinary approach to value capture and the generation of new business models.
- To use a systems thinking rationale applied to all relevant aspects of infrastructure provision, especially dealing with interdependencies.
- To accelerate and embed relevant learning in academia, in government and in commerce through deep engagement with participant’s networks.
- To integrate research and learning across disciplines and between institutions building on existing methods but extended using novel structured methods of working.