This research aims to understand trauma as a lever to unlock higher and more impactful levels of intervention across integrated infrastructure systems.

Five measurable objectives will be met to achieve this aim:

  • To produce a synthesis of medical knowledge and infrastructure knowledge to construct allegories (as storylines) of systems under trauma
  • To use these allegories to develop models of the socio-technical configuration of infrastructure systems of systems which represent the interests and priorities of relevant stakeholders;
  • To evolve a 'repertoire of shock' through using the allegories to critically analyse existing socio-technical models of infrastructure systems and identify system intervention points that differentiate between higher level and lower level interventions within industry practice;
  • Using the repertoire of shock to develop learning experiments to enable creative thinking for organizational change in responding to unsustainability; and
  • To develop a research agenda aimed at realizing the potential of 'shocks' as vehicles of transformation, including designs for infrastructure monitoring schemes, urban laboratory experiments and education and training programmes.