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Edward Oughton.

Research Associate, Centre for Risk Studies (CRS)

MPhil, PhD (University of Cambridge)

Professional experience

Edward specialises in modelling infrastructure systems, especially digital communications and electricity networks. His work sits at the intersection of engineering and economics. Current research interests include the socio-economic impacts of critical infrastructure failure and the cost implications of 5G infrastructure. The modelling frameworks he has developed can be used to answer questions relating to a wide range of economics and policy issues. Edward has consulted on a variety of projects for the UK Met Office, HM Treasury, Asian Development Bank, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Canadian Space Agency.

Awards & honours

  • Honorary Fellow, British Antarctic Survey, 2018-2020
  • Thirkill Prize, Clare College, Cambridge, 2015
  • Cambridge Political Economy Society Award, 2015
  • Clare College Travel Award, 2015
  • RTPI Best Overall Performance in the Planning, Growth & Regeneration MPhil, 2011
  • Best Overall Performance in Environmental Management Faculty Prize, 2009
  • CIEH Award for Best Regional Graduate, 2009

Selected publications

Oughton, E.J. and Frias, Z. (2017) “The cost, coverage and rollout implications of 5G infrastructure in Britain.” Telecommunications Policy (DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2017.07.009) (published online Jul 2017; forthcoming in print)

Oughton, E.J., Skelton, A., Horne, R.B., Thomson, A.W.P. and Gaunt, C.T. (2017) “Quantifying the daily economic impact of extreme space weather due to failure in electricity transmission infrastructure.” Space Weather, January, 2016SW001491 (DOI: 10.1002/2016SW001491)

Oughton, E., Tran, M. and Jones, C. (2016) “Digital communications and information systems.” In: Hall, J.W., Tran, M., Hickford, A.J. and Nicholls, R.J. (eds.) The future of national infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.181-203

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Research interests

Digital communications; infrastructure modelling; risk analysis.

Contact details

Edward J. Oughton
Centre for Risk Studies
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG

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