Dr Matthew Ives is a research scientist with extensive experience in infrastructure systems modelling, environmental sustainability, and information technology. Matthew has experience in both the private and public sectors including modelling infrastructure adaptation in UK, assessing AusAID-funded sustainable infrastructure projects in China; working on sustainability indicators with the US Forest service; on fisheries assessment and modelling in Australia; and in developing software systems for private enterprises.
Dr Ives is currently employed at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment where he is combining his passion for environmental sustainability with his years of experience in systems modelling. His research work focusses on the development of modelling frameworks for the integration of key infrastructure systems (including energy, water, waste, transport and information technology) to help improve our understanding of future infrastructure capacity requirements, their interdependencies and the implications of changing socio-economic and climatic conditions on our sustainability and economic prosperity. Through the ITRC Mistral program he is using the National Infrastructure Systems Model (NISMOD) to inform the UK government on their current national infrastructure needs assessment and collaborating with the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS) to transfer their national infrastructure modelling capabilities to developing, post-disaster and post-conflict countries.
Matthew is now also working with Prof Doyne Farmer and Prof Cameron Hepburn of INET Oxford on the Oxford Martin Programme on the Post-Carbon Transition.
Matthew has published on a variety of pioneering areas of research including assessing alternative strategies of national water supply under changing socio-economic and climatic conditions, valuing changes in mortality associated with infrastructure improvement projects, assessing waste management infrastructure options, developing indicators for sustainable forestry management, understanding the impact of model structure uncertainty on fisheries stock assessment, developing standards for risk management of fisheries, and statistical analyses of fish life-cycles and shark monitoring programs.
Matthew holds a Masters of Environmental Management from Portland State University, USA, as well as an Honours degree in Economics and a PhD in systems modelling from the University of NSW, Australia.