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Rethinking infrastructure: CPM’s keynote lecture series launches for 2017-18

12 September 2017

Our 2017-18 keynote lecture series takes a fresh look at infrastructure projects: their management, financing and impact on society.

Rethinking infrastructure: 2017-18 keynote lecture series

Our keynote lecture series for the coming academic year launches on Tuesday 3 October, welcoming Professor Raymond Levitt of Stanford University to share his thoughts on the political, economic and technological forces that have shaped the construction industry, and the challenges and potential opportunities these present.

The role of infrastructure in society, and how we deliver massive infrastructure projects, is continually evolving to respond to our ever-changing needs.

CPM’s keynote lecture series brings together leading practitioners, academics and professionals in the project management, infrastructure, economics and construction fields, to share their wealth of experience and spark discussions around the future of infrastructure.

The series’ 2016-17 theme was The Business of Infrastructure, and featured talks from major figures in national infrastructure delivery and management including Sir John Armitt, Terry Hill CBE and Mark Thurston.

Developing this theme, our 2017-18 programme of events - titled Rethinking Infrastructure - will consider new approaches and innovative perspectives on infrastructure, focussing on three key areas:

  • Projects - examining radical new approaches to managing and financing large scale infrastructure projects
  • Prospects - considering the potential for infrastructure to develop solutions for the problems of the future
  • Prosperity - exploring the ways in which infrastructure is fundamental to building a sustainable, prosperous society

Upcoming events

Tuesday 20 March
Professor Christian Hilber - Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics
Constraining second home investments: the economic impacts
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Previous events

Tuesday 3 October
Professor Raymond Levitt - Kumagai Professor in Engineering, Emeritus, Stanford University
Political, Economic and Technological Forces that have Shaped the Construction Industry: Challenges and Potential Opportunities
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Tuesday 7 November
James Stewart - Chairman of Global Infrastructure, KPMG
Emerging trends in the global infrastructure market
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Tuesday 5 December
Professor Jennifer Whyte - Laing O'Rourke/Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Systems Integration, Imperial College London
Innovation in civil infrastructure: towards digital maturity
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Wednesday 10 January
Professor Jeffrey Pinto - Professor of Management at Black School of Business
“Lies, damned lies, and project plans”: Human errors that make a mockery of infrastructure planning
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Tuesday 13 February
Shashi Verma - Chief Technology Officer, Transport for London (TfL)
Rethinking agglomeration: mass transit in the age of new mobility
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