Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Centre for Infrastructure Research

The Centre for Infrastructure Research (CIR) has been established to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to support government and industry with infrastructure research and evidence-based decision-making.



The Centre for Infrastructure Research (CIR) at The University of Auckland was initially conceived as a collaboration point for leaders from industry, government and academia, bringing together a range of disciplines including engineering, planning and economics.

It grew out of discussions between Professor Michael Davies, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Bruce Melville, Phil Warbrick, Chair of the Industry Advisory Board of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Dr Jim Bentley (then Chief Executive Officer of Metrowater – Auckland City’s water and wastewater utility company).


Functions of the Centre

The Centre for Infrastructure Research (CIR) sits under the umbrella of the Infrastructure and Environment research theme and provides research and transformational knowledge that builds value for government and industry.


  • Thought leadership
  • Innovative research
  • Market-led research

Knowledge creation

  • Integrated multi-disciplinary thinking.
  • Strengthened connections between government and infrastructure research.
  • Aligned academic, private, and public sector thinking.

Dissemination of Knowledge

  • Publication
  • Conferencing
  • Executive education
  • Policy development


Professor Bruce Melville – BE, PhD, FRSNZ, FIPENZ

Professor Bruce Melville was Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Auckland. His academic career spans 29 years as well as six years previously with civil engineering consultants in NZ and overseas in most aspects of water resources engineering.

He is Associate-Editor of the (ASCE) Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, on local and international research committees, a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand, a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and received the 2002 ASCE Hydraulic Structures Medal and the 2007 R.J Scott Medal from RSNZ.

Future focus

Building on success to date in the core strengths of water, wastewater, stormwater and environmental management, focusing on asset management, strategy and planning, investment prioritisation, procurement and contract management approaches, the Centre is actively identifying research-based opportunities that have the potential for implementation.

Looking to the future and drawing on our pool of expertise within the Faculty of Engineering and the University’s international networks, the Centre is able to provide research and thought leadership into infrastructure decision-making and masterplanning which furthers New Zealand’s quest for economic development, international competitiveness and vibrant outward-facing global cities.

The formation of the new Auckland Council brings together a large area of infrastructure responsibility affecting services to more than 1.3 million New Zealanders. The Centre for Infrastructure Research will be working with the Auckland Council in several areas of infrastructure investment.

Infrastructure project procurement and delivery mechanisms, such as alliancing, are developing in New Zealand. In collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Transport and Construction Management Research Groups, the Centre will be studying recently-initiated infrastructure projects using a new approach to alliancing to ensure that clients and service providers learn from recent innovations.

Contact the Centre for Infrastructure Research (CIR)


Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142
New Zealand