Editor in Chief

  • Paulien Herder, Delft University of Technology

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Infrastructure Complexity is accepting submissions; please use the online submission system to submit your manuscript. If you are submitting a manuscript to a particular Special Issue, please refer to its specific name in your covering letter. For all enquiries about the journal, please contact: editorial@infrastructure-complexity.com.

Editorial Board

Editor in Chief

  • Paulien Herder, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Managing Editor

  • Zofia Lukszo, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Associate Editors

  • Robert Bonneau, George Washington University, USA
  • Hans de Bruijn, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Ellen van Bueren, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Michel Cardin, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Raissa M. D' Souza, University of California, Davis, USA
  • Hans Petter Krane, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Richard G. Little, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
  • Madhav V. Marathe, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Anthony Masys, York University, Canada
  • David Mendonca, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
  • Igor Nikolic, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Shrisha Rao, IIIT Bangalore, India
  • Rajagopalan Srinivasan, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India
  • Eswaran Subrahmanian, Carnegie Mellon University, United States of America


  • Eli Ben-Naim, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  • Luis Bettencourt, Santa Fe Institute, USA

Open thematic series

Thematic Series on Symposium: Organizational and Institutional Factors in Infrastructure Performance

Infrastructure Complexity invites scholars and practitioners to submit articles on topics related to the socio-technical factors that influence the performance of infrastructure systems. Articles are sought that explore the intersections of technology, society, and institutions with the goal of presenting new and applying existing theoretical constructs, methods of assessment, and regulatory and management approaches.

Thematic Series on Urban Resilience - Managing Black Swans and Extreme Events

The aim of this special topic is to probe the question: How can systems thinking enable us to design, build, and renovate urban centers (structurally and functionally) to be more resilient? In social-ecological systems theory, resilience is the capacity of the system to continually change and adapt and yet remain within critical thresholds.

Thematic series on Urban Smart Grids

This call for papers is intended to stress the need for viewing the role of smart grids in future energy systems in an urban environment as part of the designing, managing and operating qualitatively new complex socio-technical systems. The desire is to innovate and deploy new technology and design a new regulatory framework so that the objectives to contribute significantly to a sustainable world will be met.

Aims & scope


Infrastructure Complexity aims to understand, shape and design complex systems and services that emerge from a collection of interacting physical objects and social actors in an urban environment. It aims to propel sustainable urban systems, through urban metabolism, and is rooted in the fundamental understanding of urban (infrastructure) systems and services.

The intertwining of our technical and societal processes has been taken to great lengths. Technical, physical and human components are increasingly interrelated: the high degree of dependence of our urban society on a functioning energy supply, the far-reaching penetration of ICT systems and services in the control of our society, and the impact of electrification on mobility. Such urban ecosystems need to adopt and accommodate technology and innovation and they need to adapt to dynamic economic, regulatory and social value systems and regimes, as well as to changing global trade patterns. This requires a meta-discipline, as a collection of disciplines, that understands the engineering intricacies of the technology, as well as the economic and governance complexities of such systems.

Novel engineering systems also bring along the perspective of new service systems. Whether they are designed to enhance individual safety, health and human well-being, promote sustainability, or increase productivity, technological and engineering systems have to be understood as part of a complex urban system. This creates fundamental uncertainties and inherent risks, as well as opportunities for robust and agile engineering, entrepreneurship, and innovation and sustained strategies of adaptation.

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