Ways and means
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.
Incentives and drivers
This 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.
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.
Attending, participating, hosting...
To date we've been involved in almost 60 events. This includes those where we have attended as part of building our own knowledge and ideas pipeline. We present at numerous events on different subjects related to our projects or broader programme. We also host workshops and seminars both at large conferences organised by others, or as events we have organised with our collaborators.
Resilience Shift round-tables
Round-table events are one of the methodologies we use to carry out a deep-dive into an idea of topic. It helps us to understand, in conversation with experts from the relevant fields of work, whether or not we can develop a project that will deliver one or more of our programme outcomes. These round-tables are designed and facilitated by Cambridge University Technical Services.
We have invested in a number of collaborations with different organisations. These are strategic or tactical, and always link back to the specific outcomes we aim to achieve.
Our investments currently fall broadly into the category of supporting individuals to be Resilience Shift ambassadors, or supporting pioneer organisations through some model of funding or support.
Our work, shaped and conducted by a broad range of collaborators, is addressing the major challenges in critical infrastructure resilience.
Our publications capture our aims to influence resilience policy, to promote a change in practice, and to encourage learning between and within sectors. Initial agenda-setting research helped us to develop an understanding of how resilience is currently seen in engineering practice. This provided us with a starting point, or baseline, helping us to plan where we were going next in order to make our critical infrastructure more resilient.
To get a good introduction to the subject we recommend reading our research report: Critical Infrastructure Resilience: Understanding the Landscape.
To see a full searchable archive of our research reports click here.
You can also view presentations we have given at events on our Slideshare.