...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.

Incentivising resilience in practice

As part of our work on incentivising resilience, we will identify the opportunities and incentives that are driving resilience investments.


Building resilience of critical infrastructure requires decision makers working in different industry sectors to understand ‘what’ can be done, ‘why’ it should be done, and ‘how’ to put it into practice. Our work to date has told us that key stakeholders are often either unaware of the value that resilience can bring or are constrained by a lack of resources or support in terms of how to embed and enhance resilience.

In August 2018, we put out a call for expressions of interest to develop industry specific resilience primers to set out the key incentives or other levers that exist for that industry. 18 high quality submissions were received from professional and academic organisations and four grantees were appointed to develop primers that will help key players understand what they can do differently to improve resilience in their industry. See more about our collaborators below.

Sharing our learning

The first five primers in this series are now published with more to follow from spring 2019. See all our published materials.



Project leaders

Ibbi Almufti
Project Leader

Ibbi specialises in resilience-based design and leads a multi-hazard risk and resilience practice for Arup in San Francisco.


Jack W Hogan
Project Leader

Jack specialises in flood risk engineering and design, and works primarily across sustainable infrastructure and urban resilience.

How are we doing this?

  • Funding partners actively working in the area of facilitating resilience value identification and capture.
  • Identifying industry-specific incentives for leveraging resilience.
  • Understanding where resilience investments might best be applied to the life-cycle of infrastructure.
  • Highlighting the barriers to sustainable resilience investments.
  • Leveraging existing work and expertise relevant to incentivising and operationalising resilience economics.
  • Working principally with known partners already active in the areas of focus and with their networks.

What are the outputs?

  • We have published a series of Primers aimed at specific industries in 2019.
  • We will share what we learn with a wider audience through a variety of routes.
  • The initial expression of interest closed at the end of August 2018, but the Resilience Shift anticipates continuing this work into 2020.

Project Resources

The value of resilience

"If resilience had any real economic and societal value, then decision makers would be implementing it already". Chaired by Dr Mark Fletcher, Global Water Leader, Arup, the panel included (pictured from left to right): Trevor Bishop, Director of Strategy and Planning, OFWAT Juliet Mian, Technical Director, Resilience Shift Fred Boltz, CEO Resolute Development Solutions, and Chair, City Water Resilience Framework Dr Mark Fletcher, Global Water Leader, Arup Ruth Boumphrey, Director of Research, Lloyd's Register Foundation Cayley Green, Senior Resilience Analyst, City of Cape Town, and Diego Juan Rodriguez, Senior Water Resources Management Specialist, World Bank.


Four Twenty SevenResilient Organisations, the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and Wood have been appointed as grantees to this project.

They have been commissioned to develop industry-specific primers that will help key players understand what they can do differently to improve resilience in their industry. They will set out the key incentives or other levers that exist for that industry.

  • Four Twenty Seven will focus on Ports and shipping, led by Yoon Kim.
  • Resilient Organisations will focus on Potable water infrastructure, led by Tracy Hatton.
  • Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) will focus on Road and Rail, led by Sarah Reeves.
  • Wood will focus on Electrical Utilities, led by Peter J Hall.

Making the case for investment in resilient infrastructure

Guest blogger Lisa Dickson, Associate Principal and Director of Resilience for the Americas, Arup, writes on financing urban infrastructure and how the case for resilience can be made. How do we modify the investment scheme to encourage consideration of long-term, resilient infrastructure? What are the current barriers and how might we reconsider our approach to incentivize investment in more resilient systems?