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The Global Challenges in Transport – Infrastructures online course, gives transport professionals from around the world a unique opportunity to broaden their knowledge on the way transport infrastructures are planned, financed, and managed. The course will also help transport practitioners and researchers to reflect critically on their own work and have open discussions on the key economic and social impacts of infrastructures.

This 6-week online course introduces a range of approaches to thinking about transport infrastructures, with particular emphasis on their complex interactions with economic development and social inclusion/exclusion across different political systems, cultures, and geographies. It proposes a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches for transport infrastructure planning, financing, and management, as well as the impacts associated to it. The course adopts a strong interdisciplinary and interactive approach including insights from social science, and human geography.

The estimated time commitment for this course is 42 hours including independent study, group work, and live sessions.

Status: OPEN

Global Challenges in Transport: Infrastructures

  • Course Director: Dr Juan Pablo Orjuela
  • Dates: 12 September - 21 October 2022
  • Course Format: Online
  • Course Length: 6 weeks
  • Course Fee: Private sector £2,500; Public sector £1,500. Discounts and scholarships available.
  • Key dates: Last day for scholarship applications: 22 August. Last day for general applications: 5 September.

Learning Objectives

  • To broaden transport professionals’ understanding of the planning, management, and financing stages of transport infrastructures
  • To reflect critically on the wider economic and social impacts of transport infrastructures
  • To develop an enhanced understanding of the links between transport infrastructures and sustainable development

Learning Outcomes

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply to your own transport practice some of the lessons learnt from other transport infrastructure case studies from around the world
  • Utilise a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches for transport infrastructure planning, financing, and management
  • Understand and evaluate the relationships between transport infrastructure and sustainable development

Course Content and Lecturers

The Infrastructures course will begin with an introductory week followed by a detailed exploration of the four main modules: Planning, Financing, Managing, and Impacts. In our planning module we will discuss the role civil society may play in the planning stages of infrastructures and we will address some of the ways available for infrastructure planners that want to go beyond an entirely technical perspective. We will then discuss the political economy of finance and investment in transport infrastructure and how the decision of investing in these infrastructures may have very different outcomes on regional development. In the second half of the course, we will take a more practical approach with examples from experienced transport infrastructures managers as well as looking at the social and economic impacts of these when seen through a gender and disability lens. We will end with the presentations of the group work carried out by course participants throughout the course.

Course Content

Course Content: Main Modules
Planning
  • Civil society and planning
  • Approaches to transport planning
Financing
  • Financing for development
  • Political economy of finance and investment
Managing
  • Managing the design of transport megaprojects
  • Managing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems
Impacts
  • Wider economic benefits of infrastructure
  • Social impacts

Our sessions will include lectures by:

Course Schedule

The course has an estimated time commitment of approximately 42 hours including individual study, small group work, and live sessions. Individual study includes going through pre-recorded lectures and any additional material suggested by lecturers. Participants will be divided into small groups and will be asked to present their work to their peers and TSU researchers at the end of the course. All participants must prepare a short presentation of their current work/research in week 1.

Course time commitment
Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Total
Individual study3 hours3 hours3 hours3 hours3 hours-15 hours
Small group work-1 hour
30 min
1 hour
30 min
1 hour
30 min
1 hour
30 min
30 min6.5 hours
Live sessions with all participants3 hours3 hours3 hours3 hours3 hours3 hours18 hours
Progress sessions in small groups30 min30 min30 min30 min30 min-2.5 hours

Combined total estimated time commitment: 42 hours over 6 weeks.

Live sessions will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:30pm. Additional live sessions will take place on the Friday of Week 1 and Week 6, and the Course Director will meet with participants in small groups on the remaining Fridays to resolve any doubts and advise on group work progress.

Course calendar (live elements)
MonTueWedThuFri
Week 1 - Introduction
12 Sep
13 Sep

12.30pm
Icebreaker
1.5hrs
14 Sep
15 Sep

12.30pm
Presentations
1.5hrs
16 Sep

12.30pm
Guided discussion
1.5hrs
Week 2 - Planning
19 Sep
20 Sep

12.30pm
Guided discussion
1.5hrs
21 Sep
22 Sep

12.30pm
Guided discussion
1.5hrs
23 Sep

Time TBD
Group session
15mins
Week 3 - Finance
26 Sep
27 Sep

12.30pm
Guided discussion
1.5hrs
28 Sep
29 Sep

12.30pm
Panel session
1.5hrs
30 Sep

Time TBD
Group session
15mins
Week 4 - Managing
3 Oct
4 Oct

12.30pm
Guided discussion
1.5hrs
5 Oct
6 Oct

12.30pm
Guided discussion
1.5hrs
7 Oct

Time TBD
Group session
15mins
Week 5 - Impacts
10 Oct
11 Oct

12.30pm
Guided discussion
1.5hrs
12 Oct
13 Oct

12.30pm
Panel session
1.5hrs
14 Oct

Time TBD
Group session
15mins
Week 6 - Conclusions
17 Oct
18 Oct

12.30pm
Guided discussion
1.5hrs
19 Oct
20 Oct

12.30pm
Presentations
2hrs
21 Oct

12.30pm
Closing session
1.5hrs

Please note that the programme is indicative and may be subject to change.

Who should attend?

The Infrastructures course is designed for experienced transport professionals and researchers with a minimum of 3 years' experience in the sector and aims to bring together the world's leading experts from academia, policy and practice to address complex transport challenges. The course is specifically intended for those who are looking to expand their knowledge horizons and gain a more in-depth and interdisciplinary understanding of the challenges of delivering sustainable transport, as well as exploring the latest ideas and solutions.

We specifically invite applications from:

  1. Professionals in the transport and mobility consultancy sector in charge of transport infrastructure design, finance and delivery.
  2. Individuals with experience in transportation consulting, planning, and related government agencies.
  3. Academics and researchers in transportation planning, civil engineering, economics, planning, and/or urban mobility.

The course so far has attracted influential decision makers, public sector officials, NGOs, practitioners, and early career researchers - from across the globe. We are proud of the diverse range of delegates who have attended; over the last few years the course has welcomed individuals from hundreds of organisations and many different nationalities. The word cloud below highlights the job titles of our previous attendees:

Word cloud showing the job titles of previous course participants

Previous participants have joined the course from organisations including:

  • The Executive Council of Dubai
  • Global Call for Climate Action
  • Uganda National Roads Authority
  • Asian Development Bank
  • KEOLIS
  • Global Road Safety Partnership
  • And several international universities and research centres
  • The World Bank
  • Atkins
  • Living Streets
  • Ineco
  • Network Rail
  • Luton Airport
  • Maldives Transport and Contracting Company
  • The Netherlands Vehicle Authority

Scholarship Opportunities

Various discount options as well as scholarship opportunities are available. Find out more about our scholarships or contact us: exed@tsu.ox.ac.uk.