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GPC Statement of Research Objectives

The Global Projects Center was created to confront the cross-sector, interdisciplinary challenges faced by groups and individuals developing, owning, and operating modern critical infrastructure.  Infrastructure investments today require owners, developers, and investors to manage and design technically and organizationally complex project teams, raise capital from varying sources in a rapidly changing financial landscape, and operate across global stakeholder and policy environments.

While these problems are complex, our goal remains simple – to improve the way we invest in critical infrastructure. Our research objectives this year reflect our multidisciplinary approach – cutting across departments at Stanford and key players within the industry – from financial institutions to service providers and policy makers.

This year our research efforts are focused along four broad themes – topic areas that we feel will be centers of change within this industry in the coming years.


Research Areas

Institutional Investment

How can financial institutions best invest capital in critical infrastructure, and what policy initiatives are best suited to attract institutional capital to infrastructure assets?

Project Governance

What capital, organizational, and contractual structures generate the best financial, social, and environmental outcomes for the delivery and operation of complex infrastructure projects?

Frontier Finance

How is the landscape changing between institutional capital, strategic assets, and financial intermediaries?

Barriers to Innovation

How can project teams and industry players structure and manage organizations and relationships to facilitate innovation?