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The Stanford Global Projects Center

Building and maintaining civil and social infrastructure is a massive and complicated task. Yet it is an essential responsibility of any society. Developing countries strain to build enough new infrastructure to improve the living standards of their burgeoning urban populations, whereas developed ones struggle to maintain and expand existing infrastructure assets. These projects require cross-national and cross-sectoral coordination due to their scale, their impact on population and environment as well as their complexity of financing and governance. Since its inception in 2002, the Stanford Global Projects Center has conducted interdisciplinary research to improve financing, development and governance of infrastructure worldwide and collaborated with partners in over 40 countries. Professor Raymond E. Levitt, Director of The Global Projects Center (GPC), shares how the center has contributed to managing large-scale global projects by bringing together insights from diverse disciplines.