Date of release: Monday, January 6, 2014

Stephen Joseph OBEIt is a truth universally acknowledged that any economy is in want of more infrastructure, and providing it is the route to growth. But is this actually the case? In the Business School’s first Big Picture seminar of 2014, Stephen Joseph will argue that in the case of transport - and in other areas - more infrastructure can be counter-productive to economic prosperity.

Mr Joseph, Executive Director of Campaign for Better Transport, gives his free seminar on Wednesday 15 January at 5pm, at the university’s Greenwich Campus. His talk, Infrastructure and growth – myths and facts, will explain why better management of existing infrastructure, smaller scale infrastructure projects, longer term investment frameworks and a stronger rather than weaker planning system can facilitate sustainable economic prosperity.

Stephen Joseph has been Executive Director of Campaign for Better Transport since 1988. He was a member of the Commission for Integrated Transport from 1999-2005, and was also on the steering group for the Government’s road user charging feasibility study 2003-4. More recently he has been a member of challenge panels or advisory groups for Government plans on high-speed rail, eco-towns, transport appraisal and the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

He was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1996 for services to transport and the environment.

The Big Picture seminar series attracts a range of high-profile speakers who share their expertise with staff, students and the public. Topics include entrepreneurship, leadership and management, financial forecasting, economics and the media.

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Picture: Stephen Joseph OBE