Unlocking values through infrastructure interdependencies

Aksel Ersoy, John Bryson, Ellen Van Burren

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Urban infrastructure is a complex interdependent system of system. It provides a framework that connect and integrate social, cultural, financial, natural, technological and human values. This paper contributes to the development of new approaches towards urban infrastructure governance, identified as one of the key issues in the field of sustainable urban infrastructure. To do that, we explore cross-sectoral urban infrastructure projects, in which infrastructures supplying different urban functions are connected. This focus on a local level of cross-domain connection allows us to understand the challenges of such connections on a project-level, giving us practical insights into management and governance challenges. We analyse four local projects of cross-sector connections of infrastructures, aiming to understand the collaborative dynamics of governing such projects towards successful outcomes, in terms of overcoming the barriers towards such projects while creating value. Given the high expectations of increased value of integrated urban infrastructures compared to traditional, siloed infrastructure development and management, the insights from local, project-level experiences, in addition to holistic perspectives, can be informative for investment strategy development by private and public stakeholders.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1800029
Pages (from-to)134-143
Number of pages10
JournalInfrastructure Asset Management
Issue number2
Early online date7 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2020


  • infrastructure planning
  • silos
  • project management
  • government

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • General Engineering
  • General Social Sciences


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