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Professor Jim Hall

DAFNI, Project Lead, Director of The Enviromental Change Institute, Professor of Climate and Environmenal Risk
University of Oxford (Confirmed)

Professor Jim Hall FREng is Director of the Environmental Change Institute in the University of Oxford, where he is Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks in the School of Geography and the Environment, a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering Science and fellow of Linacre College. His research focuses upon management of climate-related risks in infrastructure systems, in particular relating to various dimensions of water security, including flooding and water scarcity. Jim Hall is a member of the UK independent Committee on Climate Change Adaptation. In 2010 Jim was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering "for his contribution to the development of methods for flood risk analysis, which underpin approaches for flood risk management in the UK and internationally." He sits on the Public Voice Committee of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was a member of the panel conducting the Institution of Civil Engineer’s 2014 State of the Nation Infrastructure assessment and the Executive Group for the National Needs Assessment – A Vision for UK Infrastructure.  Until 2015 Jim Hall was co-chair of the Global Water Partnership / OECD Task Force on the Economics of Water Security and Sustainable Growth. He advises the World Bank on water security and is editor of the AGU journal Water Resources Research. Jim leads the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium, which has developed the world’s first national infrastructure simulation models for appraisal of national infrastructure investment and risks. His book "The Future of National Infrastructure: A System of Systems Approach" was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. He sits on the Expert Advisory Group for the National Infrastructure Commission and Chairs the DAFNI Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure. Website:

  • Gaining insights from the new Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI) programme
  • Conducting long-term decision analysis in interdependent infrastructure systems
  • Developing risk modelling techniques focusing upon environmental factors to minimise the impact of Geohazards and climate change on transport networks
  • Big data analysis of the use of infrastructure systems and gaining a new understanding of pressures on national infrastructure