The Resilience Shift is a global initiative to catalyse resilience within and between critical infrastructure sectors.

The safety and well-being of billions of people relies on infrastructure being able to deliver critical services – providing, protecting and connecting us – whatever the future has in store.

The Resilience Shift (RS) was established in 2016 to address the recommendations of the Lloyd's Register Foundation's 'Foresight review of resilience engineering'. The initial 5 year programme is funded by Lloyd's Register Foundation, with Arup as host institution.

The Resilience Shift wants to re-orient professional practice from a focus on infrastructure as an asset, to a focus on infrastructure as part of a system that provides services under both ordinary and extraordinary circumstances.

Join us and the growing community of experts engaged in doing resilience, valuing resilience, and scaling up resilience across sectors and industries.

Build your knowledge about critical infrastructure resilience

Our research publications, shaped by a broad range of collaborators, are addressing the major challenges in critical infrastructure resilience and helping us to plan where we go next on our journey to make critical infrastructure more resilient.


Developing industry-specific resilience primers

We are seeking expressions of interest from potential grantees to help us shift the needle on resilience practice and embed it into decision-making? Key incentives or other levers exist for all industries. Help us to articulate the value that resilience can bring.


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Understanding the resilience value chain

When you need to explain 'why', a value chain is extremely useful for connecting the concepts of resilience and value. What do we mean by resilience value, and how are we using value chains in our programme of work?

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Our project plans reflect our long term vision

Through research conducted in our first year of the Resilience Shift, we identified three opportunity areas, now maturing into work streams, each supporting a set of activities.

Workstream 1

This focuses on ways to make resilience tangible, practical and relevant by equipping experts and decision makers with the tools, approaches, technology, and educational practices needed to put resilience into practice. This requires clarity on the key concepts that matter to professionals, be they designers, engineers, asset owners, investors, or regulators.

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Workstream 2

This workstream focuses on incentivising resilience. It acknowledges the extent to which what a client asks for and what their supply chain can do depends strongly on incentives emerging from standards setting bodies, public policy including regulation, as well as from insurance and the finance industries, and the views of the public.

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Workstream 3

The third area of work applies resilience in practice within and between different sectors with sector leaders. This will allow us to test ideas about design and engineering to protect, provide and connect, rather than to build and operate a specific asset. We have selected the water sector for the first theory-to-practice partnership.

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