Legal & Organizational Network & Governance Aspects of Data-Driven Innovations in Infrastructure Management (LONGA VIA).


Managers of infrastructures for energy, transport and water are continuously looking for smarter ways to operate and maintain their infrastructures, in order to provide reliable, safe, affordable and sustainable services to the general public. At the same time, existing infrastructures are aging, and facing increased wear and tear as a result of higher utilization.
Data-driven innovation in the operation and maintenance of, and the sharing of data across critical infrastructures can aid the managers of these infrastructures in safeguarding these public interests, yet are insufficiently utilized. There is little cross-sectoral cooperation between infrastructure managers for the purpose of creating data sharing platforms and common security and crisis procedures. Neither are data-driven innovations in infrastructure operation and maintenance implemented at a large scale.
This research investigates which factors impede the implementation of data-driven innovation in infrastructure sectors and how these impediments can be overcome. It combines an organizational-economic perspective on infrastructure operation and maintenance with a legal-empirical perspective, a combination which is relevant yet hardly pursued. The organizational/ economic perspective helps to assess the main hurdles towards the adoption of data-driven innovation, and seeks to identify effective business models. The legal-empirical perspective is used to identify legal and regulatory barriers, and aims to identify effective adaptations to existing rules and regulations to facilitate such innovations. In combination, these two perspectives help mitigate challenges at the organizational level (i.e., at infrastructure managers and between them and their partners) as well as at the sectoral level (i.e., within and across infrastructures).


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Main applicant

Prof. dr. S.A.C.M. Lavrijssen

Affiliated with

Tilburg University

Team members

T. Aben, B.P. Espinosa Apráez


15/01/2018 to 01/10/2021