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At the Global Projects Center, we strive to create research that improves the way we invest and develop critical infrastructure. Our research practices often involve analyzing the latest trends or innovative practices available in industry and root them in theory to produce findings, best practices, and takeaways for investors, developers, advisors, and public sponsors. This page is a space in which we can write about what we are working on and what we are passionate about. These could be ideas that we hope will one day make it into our academic publications, or practical recommendations from our research. We welcome your feedback on these ideas and plan to keep you posted on our many "projects" below. 

by Kate Gasparro

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Many of you have probably seen campaign announcements on social media sites such as “Help Send me to College”, “Let’s Create a Foldable Kayak” or “Donate for a Better App” and clicked through the links to give financially to a cause. Such support by an expanding number of citizens has helped grow a blooming industry known as crowdfunding, that within the last few years, has started to showcase projects that provide public goods to communities.

by Julie Kim

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Urbanization cannot happen in a vacuum. Cities need to provide basic infrastructure services—clean water, sewage, roads, electricity, telecommunications, to name a few—to support the basic livelihood of their citizens and businesses. At $57 trillion in total and almost 5 percent of Gross World Product every year from now until 2030, infrastructure funding needs are daunting.

by Julie Kim and John Ryan

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Managing volatility is the private sector's comparative advantage. Making it the main selling point of P3s should make them a popular choice among public authorities, say Stanford's Julie Kim and Greengate's John Ryan.

by Jill Eicher

Monday, July 20, 2015
By working directly with state and local governments to structure infrastructure projects, U.S. public pensions could open the most coveted infrastructure market in the world to the global community of institutional investors.

by Caroline Nowacki

Monday, July 6, 2015
When working with an inherited form of governance, pension funds should assess whether they might lack in business expertise and experience, or in accountability and ties to the pension holders and stakeholders in the plan.

by Rajiv Sharma

Monday, June 29, 2015
At the GPC we are working to understand, analyse, validate and propose a fourth model of institutional investment that seems to be increasingly employed by a number of investors – that is the ‘collaborative’ model of institutional investment.

by Terra Strong

Monday, June 22, 2015
Welcome to our new blog--GPC ThinkS--which features writers from the Stanford Global Projects Center! In the coming months, we will use our blog as a resource to share thoughts and early-stage papers from Stanford academic and industry leaders.