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OMEGA Centre Seminars

The OMEGA Centre Seminar Series focuses on topics related to the planning, appraisal and delivery of mega infrastructure projects and their impacts on development. All are welcome.

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All are welcome and participation is free. Please ensure to reserve a space via the event page.

The OMEGA Centre has undertaken a wide range of research and consultancy studies on several pressing issues related to: the treatment of “Risk, Uncertainty and Complexity” in project decision-making, the “Power of Context” on such decision-making, and the role of “Sustainability and Sustainable Development Visions” for mega project infrastructure investments.

The Seminar Programme allows the OMEGA Centre to provide a platform to present findings of recently completed and on-going infrastructure projects globally, and to engage with a wide audience from academia and praxis. We invite speakers involved in a variety of aspects of mega infrastructure project developments with a view to encouraging cross-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge-transfer. See a list of past and current contributors below.

The seminars especially looks to foster the generation of innovative approaches to tackling/addressing current and future threats, risks and opportunities of contemporary megaproject decision-making and decision-making in future environments.

 

2022-23 Schedule

Time: Wednesdays between 17.30-19.00 
Venue: LG.01 Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0NN (unless otherwise specified).

Upcoming events

 

 2nd November 2022      The Two Stories of London’s Crossrail

Christian Wolmar, Writer and Broadcaster on Transport, London 

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23rd November 2022    Re-orienting Development: The dynamics and effects of Chinese infrastructure investment in Europe

Dr. Samuel Rogers, Postdoctoral Research Associate, REDEFINE, School of Social Sciences and Global Studies, The Open University, Milton Keynes 

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30th November 2022         The Cynefin Framework and Megaproject Decision-making

Prof. David Snowden, Director and Founder - The Cynefin Centre and CSO, The Cynefin Company, Wales


7th December 2022      Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus: A Summary of CECAN’s Research Findings of Relevance to Mega Infrastructure Policy and Planning

Prof. Liz Varga, Professor of Complex Systems, Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, UCL, London 


22nd February 2023        Socio-economic and Environmental Impacts of Megaprojects and Sustainable Infrastructure: The role and importance of accounting studies  

Dr. Laura Corazza, Assistant Professor in Sustainability Accounting and Accountability & Dr. Dario Cottafava, Post-Doc Research Fellow.  Department of Management, University of Turin


15th March 2023        The ‘Power of Context’ and Addressing Risk & Uncertainty in Mega Infrastructure Decisionmaking: What has the global financial crisis, climate change and COVID-19 taught us?

Prof. Harry T. Dimitriou, Bartlett Professor of Planning Studies and Director of OMEGA Centre, UCL, London  

Past events

2018-19 Seminars

16th January 2019 London’s Cross Rail 1: Progress & Prospects
Geoff Hobbs, Director of Public Service Transport Planning, Transport for London (TfL), London


30th January 2019 International Challenges & Lessons in Governance for Megaproject Planning, Appraisal & Delivery Måns Lönnroth, Former State Secretary for Environment & Sometime Board Member of Volvo Research & Education Foundations (VREF), Gothenburg, Sweden


20th February 2019 The Thames Tideway Tunnel & Developments in Public Private Partnership (PPP)Arrangements Mike Pugsley , Finance and Commercial Director, Agilia Infrastructure Partners, London


27th February 2019 Nature, Scope & Scale of Global Infrastructure Knowledge Gap: A World Economic Forum Perspective Vangelis, Papakonstantinou, Lead, System Initiative Shaping the Future of Long-term Investing, Infrastructure & Development, World Economic Forum (WEF), Geneva


6th March 2019 The Belt and Road Initiative in South-Eastern Europe: A Focus on Serbian Infrastructure Projects Pedja Sovilj, Director, Infrastructure Delivery Unit, Office of Prime Minister, Government of Republic of Serbia


13th March 2019 HM Treasury’s New Green Book on Central Government Guidance for Appraisal and Evaluation: Implications for UK’s New Mega Infrastructure Projects
Joseph Lowe, Editor of Green Book, Head of Economics Branch, Public Spending Group, HM Treasury, UK

2019-20 Seminars

23rd October 2019 The Railway Metropolis: How Planners, politicians and developers shaped modern London
Speaker: Michael Schabas, Partner, FCP Rail, London and Senior Advisor to Metrolinx, Toronto

20th November 2019 21st Century Megaproject Port Development & Logistics: Prospects & problems in the use of blockchain
Speaker: Wolfgang Lehmacher, Sometime Director & Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries, World Economic Forum, Geneva

4th December 2020 The Sizewell Nuclear Plant: Challenges and prospects of public private-partnership
Speaker: Amar Qureshi & Mike Pugely, Directors, Agilia Infrastructure Partners, London

11th December 2019 Defining Benefits on Mega Projects – A way through the fog
Speaker: Paul Mansell, Independent Advisor to IPA UK; Visiting Senior Lecturer, Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management, UCL & Managing Director, ImpaQt Consulting Ltd

29th January 2020 The Belt and Road Initiative in Eastern Europe: A focus on Serbian Infrastructure Projects
Speaker: Pedja Sovilj, Director, Infrastructure Delivery Unit, Office of Prime Minister, Government of Republic of Serbia

12th February 2020 How Government Built USA’s wealth and infrastructure: Lessons for 21st Century
Speaker: Ian Wray, Visiting Professor, Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, University of Liverpool

25th March 2020 Toward More Holistic Approaches to Mega Transport Project Appraisal in Latin America: A review of selected IADB case studies,
Speaker: Juan Alberti, External Consultant to Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C.

2021-22 Seminars

28th October 2021 The Sizewell Nuclear Plant: Challenges & prospects of public private-partnership in UK
Speaker: Amar Qureshi & Chris Wright, Directors, Agilia Infrastructure Partners, London

15th December 2021 Adaptive Regulation and Planning for Utility for Mega Infrastructure Projects: Issues for economic regulation in water and energy
Speaker: Dr. Martin Hurst, Sustainability First & OMEGA Centre, UCL

26th January 2022 Toward More Holistic Approaches to Mega Transport Project Appraisal in Latin America: A Lessons from the Bus Rapid Transit Project in Bogotá, Colombia
Speaker: Daniel Oviedo, Lecturer in Urban Transport and Development Planning, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London

23rd February 2022 The Two Stories of London’s Crossrail
Speaker: Christian Wolmar, Writer and Broadcaster on Transport, London

23rd March 2022 The ‘Power of Context’ and Addressing Risk & Uncertainty in Mega Infrastructure Decisionmaking: What has the global financial crisis, climate change and COVID-19 taught us?
Speaker: Prof. Harry T. Dimitriou, Bartlett Professor of Planning Studies & Director of OMEGA Centre, UCL

Further details about the OMEGA Seminar Programme can be found on the OMEGA Centre’s website.

Further details of each seminar will be circulated nearer the time. For enquiries and to join the mailing list, please contact Hanadi Samhan (hanadi.samhan.18@ucl.ac.uk) or Prof. Harry T. Dimitriou, the Convenor of the OMEGA Seminar Programme (h.dimitriou@ucl.ac.uk).