The Resilience Shift is a global initiative to catalyse resilience within and between critical infrastructure sectors. Funded by Lloyd's Register Foundation and hosted by Arup it has a diverse network of grantees.
Our Global Footprint
Resilience is about complexity and systems thinking and needs a different approach to traditional engineering problems. Human factors and the understanding of socio-technical systems are critical.
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The safety and well-being of billions of people relies on infrastructure being able to deliver critical services – providing, connecting and protecting us – whatever the future has in store.
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Peter Hall, Global Manager, Resilience/Sustainability for Wood Group, and Resilience Shift Ambassador, provided a third-party review of the Resilience Shift’s work on tools and approaches to enhance infrastructure resilience.
As part of London Climate Action Week, the Resilience Shift is hosting a film screening and panel discussion exploring the lessons to be learned from Cape Town’s water crisis. Register to attend.
Critical friend of the Resilience Shift, Igor Linkov, shares his thoughts following his attendance at our tools and approaches workshops in Washington DC and New Orleans.
Watch the journey of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia who developed a rating scheme measuring sustainability performance on infrastructure projects
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 & 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.
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.
Application to Sectors
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.
City-scale modelling potential explored
See the recommendations from the Resilience Shift's round-table, hosted by University of California Berkeley, on the role of city-scale modelling and simulations in improving system-wide infrastructure resilience.
New report on the role of public policy
How can public policy help us to move the needle? The Resilience Shift teamed up with the University of Melbourne to research the how policy and legislation can enhance critical infrastructure resilience.
Empowering and equipping practitioners
What are the opportunities and incentives that are driving resilience investments in potable water infrastructure? This Resilience Shift primer developed with Resilient Organisations captures best practice from fellow practitioners.
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 12 countries
Workshop participants to date
Countries in our global community