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Infrastructure investments have long term consequences and can shape development paths for decades to come. It is thus imperative to not only address existing gaps in infrastructure but to also ensure system-wide resilience to natural and human-made disasters, and climate variability. Moreover, sustainable infrastructure will be critical to delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate change commitments made under the Paris Agreement. With deep uncertainties characterizing many of the factors at play in making these decisions, finding new and rigorous methods to support decision-making in the planning and design of infrastructure is essential. The GGKP Sustainable Infrastructure Research Committee is tasked with identifying knowledge gaps on issues related to sustainable infrastructure and supporting the development of thematic analytical papers to help catalyse knowledge generation to address these gaps.

The 2017 GGKP Annual Conference will be held on the theme of sustainable infrastructure and hosted by the World Bank. Currently, the Committee is managing a Call for Papers launched in January that will form the research basis for the 2017 GGKP Annual Conference. 


Committee Members

Chief Economist, Sustainable DevelopmentWorld Bank
Head, Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division, Environment DirectorateOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Head, Land-use, Infrastructure, and Transport GroupMercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)
Junior Researcher in Sustainable DevelopmentTrade and Industrial Policy and Strategies (TIPS)
Head of Infrastructure Section (Energy, Water, and Mobility)Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Professor, Department of Public Administration, School of Economics and ManagementTongji University
Policy Officer, Directorate of Climate Action and Resource Efficiency, Directorate-General for Research and InnovationEuropean Commission
Senior AdviserThe Growth Dialogue
ChiefSustainable Communities, Hazard Risk, and Climate Change Section, Department of Sustainable Development, Organization of American States (OAS)
Senior Research FellowKorea Environment Institute (KEI)
Director, Global Strategy DivisionGreen Technology Center-Korea (GTC-K)
Vice PresidentDevelopment Alternatives
Director, Infrastructure and Cities for Economic DevelopmentPricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Professor, the Environmental Change InstituteUniversity of Oxford
Senior Advisor Green Finance, IUCN Netherlands
Vice President, Public Sector InitiativesWorld Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Research Specialist, Economy and Trade BranchUnited Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
Director, Energy (ENE) Program, IIASAInternational Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Research ProfessionalThe Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Professor of EconomicsToulouse School of Economics (TSE)
Energy Project LeaderCentro Mario Molina (CMM)


The Call for Papers for the 2017 GGKP Annual Conference is available here. A preliminary version of the paper must be sent, in PDF format, to ( by 15 June 2017. Extended abstracts will be considered but preference will be given to completed papers. Decisions will be taken and authors informed by 31 July 2017.

A full list of resources on green growth and sustainable infrastructure can be accessed through the GGKP's "Cities""Government Procurement", and "Risk & Resilience" theme pages or through the GGKP's resource library