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.
Michael 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.