Building Inclusive Cities: Diversity in the Infrastructure Industry
The infrastructure industry is at the heart of city-building. The industry includes the government departments and private firms that together build large highways, transit lines, hospitals, water treatment plants, schools, and more. It includes the companies that are engaged in the rapid development of the next wave of smart-city technologies. The industry has a massive effect on how cities are built. And so it is imperative that its leading decision makers are representative of the wider communities in which major infrastructure projects are planned, built, and operated.
On January 14, 2019, Matti Siemiatycki and Yoko Cecelia Pye presented new research on the diversity of the infrastructure sector, discussed how women and racial minorities are underrepresented in leadership positions in the industry, and shared strategies to overcome this diversity gap.