Critical infrastructure resilience for a safer and better world

Infrastructure project in India building resilience from the ground up

What does good look like for infrastructure resilience? A new case study examines a technical assistance programme in India supported by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The Infrastructure for Climate Resilient Growth (ICRG) project has initiated over 900 climate resilient infrastructure projects in just 4 years.

Our activities reflect our long term vision for critical infrastructure resilience

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

Ways and means

Focusing 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.


Tools and approaches

Learning from Day Zero

Incentives and drivers

This workstream focuses on incentivising resilience. It acknowledges the extent that 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 public viewpoints.


Incentivising resilience in practice

Policy and standards

Common understanding

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


Resilient water governance

Influencing the water sector

Global supply chains

Electricity Interdependencies

Role of legislation in enhancing resilience

Based on in-depth interviews with infrastructure owners and operators, this report highlights how legislation, as a policy instrument, can drive more comprehensive resilience approaches, both within organisations and at a sector and cross-sector level.


The role of PPPs in enhancing resilience

Resilience value is different for public and private sector stakeholders, and PPPs create the potential for resilience value to be understood and realised by all those involved. This guidance note shares industry insights.

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The role of public policy in enhancing resilience

This report is concerned with the role that public policy instruments, like regulation and standards, can play in embedding resilience in critical infrastructure systems, and highlights early innovations in critical infrastructure resilience policy.

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The Resilience Shift in numbers

“Resilience matters, at its simplest, because of the uncertainties we face. To deliver the right impact, we must continually check that we are doing the right thing. Who is this for, how will it make their lives better, and what do they want? Our outputs must have quality and substance, developed with rigour to be of real value for all those working to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure.”

Juliet Mian, Technical Director


Organisations engaged with


Grantees from 9 countries


Individuals engaged with to date


Activities hosted in 22 countries