...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.

Policy and Standards

Exploring the use of policy and standards to build critical infrastructure resilience


We want to establish a shared understanding of how existing and future policy and standards can be used to facilitate critical infrastructure resilience.

Understanding how different mixes of policy instruments can create the environment for enhanced critical infrastructure resilience is an important outcome for the Resilience Shift. The optimal mix of instruments is always context-specific but understanding why and how they work together to build critical infrastructure resilience will be useful for policy makers in planning for a more uncertain future.

We awarded four research grants to help achieve our aims:

  1. Clarifying the public policy vocabulary, and understanding the role of public policy in enhancing critical infrastructure resilience - See report.
  2. Analysing the influence of resilience legislation in Victoria, Australia - See report.
  3. Presenting the sustainability and resilience journey of an infrastructure rating tool - See film.
  4. Examining the role of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in building critical infrastructure resilience - See report.

The first outputs from this work are featured below. See all our published materials.

We brought everyone together at a Policy Symposium event held in Melbourne, Australia in May 2019.

Halley McCann

Halley McCann
Project Leader

Halley is a senior consultant in environment and resources, and based in Melbourne, Australia.

Luke Sarsons
Project Leader

Luke is a climate change and sustainability consultant working in Arup's Melbourne Office.

Amy Cox
Project Leader

Amy is a consultant in environment and resources, and based in Melbourne, Australia.

How are we doing this?

We awarded grants to partners who are actively exploring the role of policy and standards in enhancing critical infrastructure resilience. Three of our four outputs are based on interviews with those who are impacted by policy or standards that are designed to enhance critical infrastructure resilience.

What are the outputs?

We have published three research papers, and a short video. We held a policy symposium event in Melbourne on 15 May 2019 to share the initial findings of our work and hear different perspectives on the role of policy in driving critical infrastructure resilience. See below for outputs.

Project Resources

Lessons learned from the ISCA ratings scheme

The Resilience Shift has captured the journey of how the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) worked with industry to develop a third party, independent Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating scheme to measure sustainability performance on new infrastructure projects.

The impact of legislation?

Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018

Whose responsibility is it to strengthen the resilience of critical infrastructure? The critical infrastructure regulatory environment has recently changed in Australia due to a new piece of federal legislation, the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act (2018) (the Act). Find out more.

Learning from the creation of SuRe®

The Resilience Shift interviewed Katharina Schneider-Roos from Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) on the development and adoption of SuRe® – The Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. She explains how it was developed.

Building a community around SuRe®

We interviewed Katharina Schneider-Roos from Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) on the development and adoption of SuRe® – The Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. She explains how they built a community around the new standard.


Grants have been awarded to:

The University of Melbourne and Dr Svenja Keele to develop policy and standards nomenclature, and case studies which are applied to critical infrastructure resilience.

RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and Dr Nader Naderpajouh to analyse the influence of the critical Emergency Management Victoria-led infrastructure resilience legislation in Victoria, Australia. He will look at both Federal and State legislation (for New South Wales and Victoria) to investigate the current legislative landscape for critical resilient infrastructure.

Rob Turk and Sophie Fitzpatrick from Nation Partners to prepare a video documentary on lessons learned from Australia’s Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)'s rating tool on its journey towards resilience. The tool has been applied to over 100 infrastructure projects across Australia and New Zealand.

Elisa McLennan and Francesca MacLean from Arup to prepare a briefing paper on the role of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).

Sharing the learning from this work

The Resilience Shift's policy symposium in Melbourne took place on 15 July 2019. Dr Juliet Mian, Resilience Shift Technical Director, said “I was really pleased with the breadth of presentations and one recurring theme was that there is ‘no silver bullet’ to the use of policy to enhance resilience. A blend of policy instruments is what works in practice.”

Read more about the conclusions from the day