Global Infrastructure Policy Research Initiative


Global Infrastructure Policy Research Initiative

Conducting interdisciplinary research on infrastructure public policy, investment, and governance


In the developing world, global infrastructure development is increasingly driven by geopolitics, most notably via the Belt and Road Initiative and other bilateral programs. In the West, governments face challenges in modernizing an aging infrastructure stock and reforming outdated institutions, regulations, and policies. This initiative aims to conduct research with clear links to actionable policy changes and practical solutions.

Research & Publications

The Initiative conducts research on policies to promote infrastructure development globally, and how they interact with global democracy and international institutions. A current research focus is on China’s Belt and Road Initiative, as both an engine of development and an instrument for the projection of China's influence globally.

standard gauge railway locomotive travelling from Mombasa to Nairobi

The obsolescing bargain crosses the Belt and Road Initiative: renegotiations on BRI projects

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CDDRL Awarded a California 100 Grant to Evaluate Governance, Media and Civil Society in California’s Future

How the Belt and Road Gained Steam: Causes and Implications of China’s Rise in Global Infrastructure

How the Belt and Road Gained Steam: Causes and Implications of China’s Rise in Global Infrastructure


Qualms with Quayside: Public Engagement in the Toronto Smart City Project


Program Manager

Michael BennonMichael Bennon is a Research Scholar at CDDRL for the Global Infrastructure Policy Research Initiative. Michael's research interests include infrastructure policy, project finance, public-private partnerships and institutional design in the infrastructure sector. Michael also teaches Global Project Finance to graduate students at Stanford.

Prior to Stanford, Michael served as a Captain in the US Army and US Army Corps of Engineers for five years, leading Engineer units, managing projects, and planning for infrastructure development in the United States, Iraq, Afghanistan and Thailand.

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