Martino Tran

Martino Tran

Assistant Professor

School of Community & Regional Planning

Research focus:

Our cities and infrastructure systems are the economic engines of modern society. Infrastructure also provides essential services (energy, transport, water, and communications) that greatly influence social well-being and sustainability. However, infrastructure around the world faces serious challenges due to physical degradation, increasing demand from population growth and risk from climate change. Canada alone intends to invest around $80 billion into public infrastructure over the next decade. This requires long-term planning to strategically invest in priority areas that enhance economic growth, job creation and environmental sustainability.

Martino’s research focuses on developing advanced computational models to simulate and analyze the engineering, economic and environmental performance of infrastructure to inform long-term investment strategies. Martino is also a co-director of the new UBC Masters of Engineering Leadership in Urban Systems program, which trains new leaders to plan, engineer and manage our cities infrastructure systems to ensure Canada’s future economic competitiveness.

Prior to UBC:

Martino completed his PhD and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford, as an Oxford Martin Fellow, in collaboration with Engineering Sciences and the School of Geography and Environment.


Martino served on the Program Management Committee for the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC), providing technical leadership and oversight of the world’s first national infrastructure modelling capability, used to inform the UK National Infrastructure Plan. This work has just been published by Cambridge University Press entitled, “The Future of National Infrastructure: A System-of-Systems Approach,” where he is a lead editor and co-author.

Personal interests:

In his free time, Martino is an avid snowboarder and hiker. This season, in between developing and teaching two new courses, he’s managed to snowboard mountains in BC, Washington and Montana. If all goes well, this trend will continue.

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