Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies

Financing international urban development infrastructure

Dr. Michael Lindfield, Former Principal Urban Development Specialist at Asian Development Bank

1st Apr 2014  11:00 am - Lecture Theatre 2 (Room 112), Level 1, St James Campus, The University of Sydney, 173-175 Phillip Street, Sydney, NSW 2000


Emergent technologies will radically change the shape of our economies and consequently of our cities. From the $35,000 robot, to AI, to the self-driving car, technology will impact our lives in fundamental ways - potentially for good and ill. It provides both the promise of a more sustainable society and the threat of increased social instability. The presentation will explore the role of infrastructure in maximising the former and minimising the latter - in both OECD and emerging economies.


Michael Lindfield is an economist/ financial analyst with over thirty years experience in international sustainable urban development policy formulation and in designing the institutional and financial mechanisms to implement urban development and infrastructure policy. He is a Senior Advisor to the SMART Infrastructure Facility. He has recently retired from the ADB, having attained the positions of Lead Professional (Urban Development) and Chair of the Urban Community of Practice. Concurrently, he was the program manager for the Cities Development Initiative for Asia, an infrastructure project development facility. He has also served as Department Head of the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies in the Netherlands and as Deputy Director/ Senior Research Fellow, in the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute at the Queensland University of Technology. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations, as well as for private sector and government agencies. He has a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Sydney University and a Masters degree in Commerce from the University of New South Wales in Australia. He obtained his PhD in Economics from Erasmus University in the Netherlands on the topic of Infrastructure Project Risk Assessment.