Our Activities

Our projects, investments and events are designed to contribute towards our impact and outcomes. Outputs to date include knowledge resources, published materials, and the ongoing development of tools and primers.


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...

In 2018, we've been involved in almost 40 events. This includes those where we have simply attended as part of building our own knowledge and ideas pipeline. We present at numerous events on different subjects related to our projects or programme. We also host workshops and seminars both at large conferences organised by others, or as events we have organised with our collaborators.

You can see our event calendar below. 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 interested 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.


In our first two years 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.

The reports published on this website were commissioned during our first year. They explain what we aimed to learn to help us decide on our next steps. In particular, they focused on developing 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.

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