...in thinking

Resilience Engineered

Three films to demystify resilience, funded by The Resilience Shift, developed in collaboration with the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

Summary for Urban Policymakers

A summary for urban policymakers, presenting the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments in targeted summaries that can help inform action at the city scale.

Resilient Leadership

Real-time learning from the Covid crisis was captured over 16 weeks of interviews with senior leaders, providing insights into what makes resilient leadership, and how to lead for resilience.

...in practice

Infrastructure Pathways

A resource for practitioners in search of clear, easy-to-navigate guidance on climate-resilient infrastructure, compiled from hundreds of leading resources, and organized by lifecycle phase.


Diagram of a working port


A multi-stakeholder, whole-systems approach is needed for ports to become low carbon resilient gateways to growth, as a meeting point of critical infrastructure systems, cities and services.


Resilience Realized

The Resilience Realized Awards recognise projects around the world at the cutting edge of resilience.

City Water Resilience Approach

CWI Wheel diagram


Download the step by step methodology to help cities collaboratively build resilience to local water challenges, mapped with the OurWater online governance tool, as used by cities around the world.


Our Activities

The Resilience Shift, supported by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and hosted by Arup, is helping to build a global community equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to drive practice towards better, more resilient critical infrastructure and a safer world.


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.


Tools and approaches

Learning from Day Zero

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.


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 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.


Resilient water governance

Influencing the water sector

Global supply chains

Electricity interdependencies


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.

See our events calendar. Do get in touch if you'd like to collaborate with us at an event, or arrange to meet with our team to discuss our shared interest in critical infrastructure resilience.

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.

Find out more about Resilience Shift round-tables.


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.

Journal special issue

A recent special issue of Environment Systems and Decisions has been published which includes updated versions of papers originally commissioned by the Resilience Shift. More.


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.