OXIIC Chief Advisory Committee


Professor Gordon Clark

Director, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford

Professor Gordon L Clark DSc (Oxon) FBA is the Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment with cross-appointments in the Saïd Business School and the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University. He also holds a Professorial Fellowship at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He is, as well, Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Monash University's Faculty of Business and Economics (Melbourne) and a Visiting Professor at Stanford University. Previous academic appointments have been at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School (Senior Research Associate), the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon's Heinz School and Monash University. Other honours include being Andrew Mellon Fellow at the US National Academy of Sciences and Visiting Scholar Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst at the University of Marburg. His research is focused on long-term investment, infrastructure, the demand and supply of financial services relevant to institutional investors such as pension funds, endowments, and sovereign wealth funds.


Professor Jim Hall

Director, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Professor Jim Hall FREng is Director of the Environmental Change Institute in the University of Oxford. His research focuses upon management of climate-related risks in infrastructure systems, in particular relating to various dimensions of water security, including flooding and water scarcity. He currently leads the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC), which is funded by a £4.7million Programme Grant for EPSRC and is developing and demonstrating a new generation of system simulation models and tools to inform analysis, planning and design of national infrastructure. Jim is a member of both the panel conducting the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)’s 2014 State of the Nation’s Infrastructure Assessment and the Engineering Policy Committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has been awarded the George Stephenson Medal, the Robert Alfred Carr Prize and the Frederick Palmer Prize of the Institution of Civil Engineers for his work on flooding and coastal erosion, and the Lloyds Science of Risk prize for the work of his team on climate risk analysis. He was co-chair of the OECD-GWP Task Force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth.

OXIIC Committee


Yin Yang

Director & Founder, Oxford International Infrastructure Consortium

Yin Yang obtained his D.Phil. (doctoral) degree from the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Gordon Clark. His doctoral research “The economic geography of urban infrastructure investment and governance – a comparison of Beijing and London” is focused on how different political, legal and governance frameworks influence the decision-making process of urban infrastructure investment and the performance of urban infrastructure provision. As an economic geographer, he is interested in alternative investment with a special focus on infrastructure. He is a member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). He co-organised the special sessions on infrastructure at the AAG 2014 Annual Meeting in Tampa, US and the AAG 2016 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, US. His research has been presented at numerous conferences including the International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure in Vienna in 2014 and the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography in Oxford in 2015. Yin once worked at the China Development Bank, the largest national infrastructure bank in China with RMB8.19 trillion (~USD1.36 trillion) assets under management. He holds a BEng in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering from Wuhan University and a MEng in Environmental Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology.


Xi Hu

Director & Founder, Oxford International Infrastructure Consortium

Xi (Sisi) is a doctoral student at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and the Senior Wai Seng Scholar at the Asian Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on understanding infrastructure development process in China, how the Chinese infrastructure system is vulnerable to climate change impacts such as flooding and droughts and what the adaptation implications are for policy makers. During her PhD, she has consulted for the Latin American Energy Organisation; worked as an energy modeller for the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium; interned as a climate adaptation researcher with the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission; and facilitated dialogues between Oxford and government agencies such as the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources. Her research has been presented at numerous conferences relating to infrastructure, including the International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure and the Second International Conference on Vulnerability and Risk Analysis and Management. Before joining Oxford, Xi conducted policy research at the Chinese Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Land and Resources on both domestic and global levels. She also worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on Sino-African relations, UK-India Business council on corporate social responsibility, and as an analyst at Legal & General on investing in China. Xi holds a BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics and an MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change from the London School of Economics.


Michael J Dangerfield

Director & Founder, Oxford International Infrastructure Consortium

Michael is a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford, a postgraduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and an associate of the Royal College of Science (RCS). As a legal, political and economic geographer his research focuses on the impact of resource extraction and infrastructure development on labour market regulation, functionality and indigenous systems of governance. His doctoral thesis examines Arctic development in the context of Greenland’s emergence as a resource frontier and the impact of foreign direct investment on the island’s evolving political ecology and labour market. During his PhD Michael has helped to formulate and articulate British Arctic policy by presenting his research in his capacity as a member of the British delegation to the 2014 Arctic Circle Assembly led by James Grey MP and by submitting evidence to the 2015 House of Lords Arctic Committee Report chaired by Lord Teverson. Michael is also a contributor to Oxford Analytica (OA) on matters relating to Arctic politics and policy. In addition to his role as Director of the Oxford International Infrastructure Consortium (OXIIC) Michael is a steering committee and founding member of the Oxford University Polar Forum (OUPF). Prior to embarking on his doctorate Michael was formally an external collaborator with the Employment Trends (EMP/TRENDS) Team at the United Nation’s International Labour Organization (ILO). Over a period of seven years’, he worked on the development of the Global Employment Trends (GETs), the Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM) and more broadly the measurement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) employment indicator targets. Michael holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, a BA (Hons) in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge and a postgraduate certificate in Nanotechnology and applied quantum physics from the University of Oxford.

Xuanyi Sheng

General Manager, Oxford International Infrastructure Consortium

Xuanyi is a doctoral student at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. Her current research aims at understanding the governance of the public-private partnerships (PPPs) which bring together shareholders and stakeholders of large and complex infrastructure project. The fields which she is interested in include global infrastructure investment and governance, and cross-boarder commerce and trade. Prior to her PhD, Xuanyi has jointly conducted research on municipal sustainable environmental and energy management strategy at World Resources Institute (WRI) and carbon capture, utilization and storage in China with French “CO2 Chair” and Air Liquide. She has also worked as an external consultant on integrated urban planning and environmental industry development policy making for Chinese National Development and Reform Commission at both provincial and municipal levels. Before joining the University of Oxford, Xuanyi graduated from the School of Environment at Tsinghua University with a MEng in environmental engineering. She also holds an advanced master degree in international environmental management from MINES ParisTech.