My name's René Lavanchy. I'm a freelance journalist specialising in infrastructure, particularly financing, funding, procurement and policy. This blog parades a little of what I know (more here).
I've written about infrastructure for The Guardian, Total Politics magazine, Private Eye magazine and Modern Railways magazine amongst others. I also help out a certain corporate entity with it. Previously I was a senior reporter at Infrastructure Journal and a political/industrial/policy reporter at Tribune magazine.
I'm always interested in hearing about freelance writing and other opportunities. You can contact me at rene dot lavanchy at googlemail dot com.
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Attention today turns to Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, as the Commonwealth Games begin – and to the efforts the city has been making to regenerate and clean itself up from its gritty industrial past, in part through infrastructure initiatives. And … Continue reading
How quick the British media was to pick up on the appointment of Ségolène Royal to the French cabinet by President François Hollande last week. They leapt gleefully on the idea that the lothario president had been forced to keep … Continue reading
Thursday 27 February 2014 was the day Royal Bank of Scotland formally pulled the plug on its Markets and International Banking business – the mighty investment bank that, as Global Banking and Markets, employed the thick end of 19,000 people … Continue reading
Infrastructure has a poor reputation as an investment, among people who don’t work in the infrastructure sector. Many people seem to associate large infrastructure projects with time and cost overruns. Is that fair?
In the land that coined the term grand projet, all is not well. Economic slowdown and austerity have helped to make the French government led by President François Hollande one of the most unpopular in modern history.
This blog is now on holiday, and will return in the week beginning 6 January, barring any seismic infrastructure news before then.