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Global Challenges in Transport

Global Challenges in Transport

Infrastructure, Development and Finance

The planning management and appraisal of transport infrastructure plays a critical role in economic development. This course introduces a range of approaches to thinking about transport investments, from megaprojects to small-scale infrastructure developments. The course will consider theories, tools and techniques to approach the delivery of large transport infrastructure as well as transport investment and appraisal. It will also consider the role of different stakeholders in the development of transport infrastructures.

Part of the ‘Global Challenges in Transport’ Oxford Leadership Programme, this course is delivered over four days in the pleasant surroundings of Kellogg College, University of Oxford, with all accommodation and meals provided, including a formal networking dinner on the first night.

Faculty outline for September 2017


Dr Tim Schwanen, Director, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford

Infrastructure, politics & social difference 

Tim is Director of the Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford. Tim is one of the Deputy Directors of the RCUK funded Research Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (2013-2018). Tim's research can be positioned at the intersection of urban, transport, cultural and political and economic geography.

Edward Kellow, Kellow Learning

Learning to lead when times are uncertain 

Edward has over 20 years’ experience in learning and development. As head of a global sustainability leadership programme, he co-ordinated and delivered training programmes around the world for business, government, academia, third sector and media organisations, including the British Council, UNDP, UNEP and World Vision UK.

Dr Nihan Akyelken, University of Oxford

Political economy of transport infrastructure investments

Nihan is Departmental Lecturer and Director of the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development programme. She obtained her doctorate in Economic Geography from the University of Oxford, and undergraduate and master degrees from LSE in the areas of Economics and Philosophy, and European Political Economy.

Professor Harry T. Dimitriou, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London

What constitutes a successful megaproject? Lessons for planning, appraisal and delivery

Harry is Professor of Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, and Director of the OMEGA Centre - a global centre of excellence for the study of mega projects in transport and development. His principal areas of specialism lie in the fields of land-use/ transport planning, urban transport policy, and mega transport infrastructure appraisal.

Will McWilliams, Partner, Government and Infrastructure Advisory, Grant Thornton

Developments in the delivery and funding of UK transport infrastructure

Will is a Partner and Head of the Government & Infrastructure Advisory team. Will has over 20 years’ experience of working on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) advising both private and public sector clients. Will has advised the American, Qatari, Norwegian, Irish and Indian governments on the application of PPP to infrastructure and transport projects.

Naomi Brookes, University of Leeds

Managing the design and construction of transport megaprojects

Naomi holds a visiting chair in Complex Project Management at the University of Leeds, UK and is the CEO of Projektlernen. She has an extensive research background in the management of complex infrastructural projects and was the Action Chair of an EU funded project entitled MEGAPROJECT bringing together a network of over 80 researchers from across the EU.

Mark Lunsford

Airport privatisation:  The Brazilian experience

Mark has over 20 years of experience in transportation management consulting specialising in airports. He specializes in leading multi-disciplinary teams assessing significant aviation investments and has successfully led many complex projects including airport master plans and privatization studies.  Recently he led the development of bid packages for the successful concessioning of five major Brazilian airports.

Graham Olver 

Big picture, small print: Is PPP a brand, panacea or adaptive framework?

Graham Olver is an independent leader for special situations and major projects. He has been a successful PLC Director, Chief Operating Officer and Project Director, responsible for mega-projects, professional services, portfolio investments, transformational change M&A and turnarounds. Graham has 30 years’ experience in over 40 countries in different sectors, including transport and energy.


Key information

Course length

Four days
Tuesday - Friday


5-8 September 2017


(Reduced fees available, please enquire)

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