Martino is Director of the Urban Predictive Analytics Lab, Co-Director of the Master of Engineering Leadership in Urban Systems, and Assistant Professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC. He is also a Visiting Research Associate at the Environmental Change Institute and a former Oxford Martin Fellow in Complexity, Resilience and Risk at the University of Oxford.
Martino’s research focuses on predictive modelling and simulation of urban infrastructure and technology to inform policy and investment strategies with positive societal and sustainability outcomes. Martino has led both technical and policy research for government, academia and industry on the large-scale deployment of smart energy and transport technologies. He has advised UNEP, UNDP, Hitachi Europe’s Smart Cities Program, City Councils, and collaborates with the UK Energy Research Centre that informs national energy and climate policy. He has lectured at UBC and Oxford on Sustainable Energy, Climate Change and Smart Cities and is a peer reviewer for Science and Nature.
Previously, Martino served on the Program Management Committee for the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He made novel contributions to the decision-analytic scenario modelling framework to assess long-term infrastructure performance, risk and interdependency. This work contributed to the first national infrastructure modelling capability currently used by the UK National Infrastructure Commission and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). This work has been published in a book by Cambridge University Press in 2016 entitled ‘The Future of National Infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach’ where he is a lead editor and author.
Martino completed his PhD in Environmental Science specializing in Computational Modelling as an Oxford Martin Fellow jointly led by Engineering Sciences and the School of Geography and Environment at the University of Oxford. His thesis applied systems engineering and complex network theory to model the long-term techno-economic performance of alternative fuelled vehicles for climate change mitigation, which was partly published in Nature Climate Change. Martino’s earlier research also developed one of the first models of social network influence on early adoption of electric vehicles. Before academia he worked in industry focusing on environmental impact assessment for major energy and transport infrastructure investments.