The economics and financing of resilient urban infrastructure

University of Leeds

January 2018 – January 2021

The essential upgrading required by existing UK infrastructure rates poorly compared to that of other advanced economies (HM Government, 2017). Poor infrastructure affects the productivity and competitiveness of businesses and industries, and increases the risks of adverse economic and social impacts due to extreme weather events, such as flooding. This project will develop the economic case for investing in resilient urban infrastructure at a city scale, exploring the synergies between disaster risk reduction and improvements in productivity, economic growth, employment, environmental quality, and human well-being. It will focus on the Leeds city area, which has been affected by extreme flooding in the past, seeking to draw lessons that can be applied more broadly to other cities in the UK and abroad.

Research Council: ESRC