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Edward J. Oughton

Edward J. Oughton

Research Associate in Technology Modelling, Centre for Risk Studies (CRS)

BSc (Northumbria University), MPhil, PhD (University of Cambridge)

Professional experience

Dr Edward J. Oughton currently leads the digital communications modelling work on the EPSRC-funded project entitled Multi-scale InfraSTRucture systems AnaLytics (Mistral) alongside Dr David Cleevely CBE. He is a Research Associate in the Centre for Risk Studies and leads the Centre's work on the management of critical infrastructure failure. Edward's work has been used for the National Infrastructure Commission's 5G strategy and the ICE's National Needs Assessment.

Edward has worked as part of the EPSRC-funded Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) since 2012, and has developed models for understanding the factors driving investment in fixed and mobile broadband. He works closely with ITRC colleagues from the University of Oxford and is a visiting researcher at the School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences at the University of Newcastle.

Previous appointments

Edward was previously a Senior Risk Researcher at the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies, working with Professor Daniel Ralph. He still leads the Centre's research into the management of critical infrastructure failure. He sat on the Governing Body, College Council and Finance Committee at Clare College as the elected President (2014) and Treasurer (2013) of Clare College Middle Combination Room.

Awards & honours

  • EPSRC Research Associate, 2016-2019
  • Thirkill Prize, Clare College, Cambridge, 2015
  • Cambridge Political Economy Society Award, 2015
  • Clare College Travel Award, 2015
  • EPSRC Fully-Funded PhD Studentship, 2012-2015
  • 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., 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)

Hall, J.W. and Oughton, E.J. (2017) "Physical infrastructure networks and the fourth industrial revolution." In: World Economic Forum (ed.) Global risks report 2017. Geneva: World Economic Forum, 12th edition.

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

Hall, J.W., Thacker, S., Ives, M.C., Cao, Y., Chaudry, C., Blainey, S.P. and Oughton, E.J. (2016) "Strategic analysis of the future of national infrastructure." Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering, 170(1): 39-47 (DOI: 10.1680/jcien.16.00018)

Oughton, E. J., and Frias. Z. (2016) Exploring the cost, coverage and rollout implications of 5G in Britain: a report for the UK's National Infrastructure Commission. Cambridge: Centre for Risk Studies, Cambridge Judge Business School.

More publications

Research interests

Modelling digital communications; infrastructure network analysis; risk management; applied statistical methods.

Contact details

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

Tel: +44 (0)1223 748825
Fax: +44 (0)1223 339701