Project 1.1

Tools and approaches

As part of workstream 1 – ‘ways to make resilience tangible, practical and relevant’, we will identify and assess the tools and approaches that contribute to enhancing the resilience of critical infrastructure; and make them accessible to those who will benefit.


This project aims to identify and assess the tools and approaches that contribute to enhancing the resilience of critical infrastructure and make them accessible to those who will benefit. We will develop and manage this in an open and collaborative way so that tool developers will engage with us knowing that this process is both fair and competent.

Further to a successful call for expressions of interest in the spring of 2018, grantees were appointed (see collaborators below) and the project initiated with a framing workshop. The project has identified resilience tools and approaches, and used implementation science in the design and facilitation of workshops to facilitate the shift of resilience from theory to practice.

“The tools and approaches workshops provided important insights into the state of practice for resilience across the project lifecycle and have been important in our work and the context our customers require. It was a unique privilege to be able to go to all three and see the different perspectives. It is definitely an important piece of work”.

Peter J. Hall, Director of Resilience and Sustainability for Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. (E&IS)


Washington workshop

30 October 2018 - convened and facilitated by 100 Resilient Cities. More.

New Orleans workshop

15 November 2018 - convened by Global Infrastructure Basel and facilitated by The Schumacher Institute. More.

London workshop

5 February 2019 - convened and facilitated by The Schumacher Institute. More.


An Action Learning methodology has been used at the workshops which are intended to stimulate the growth of a community of practice round the RS tools and approaches platform. The project has embraced the concept of resilience value and has identified that a critical infrastructure value chain is useful to connect the concepts of resilience and value. Find out more about the Resilience Shift's value-driven approach.

Project leaders

Savina Carluccio

Savina Carluccio
Project Leader

Savina is a chartered civil engineer who specialises in infrastructure advisory work, helping large infrastructure clients to future-proof and make smarter use of existing assets, data or processes. Savina's work focuses on transport innovation, risk and resilience to extreme weather and climate change.

Áine Ní Bhreasail
Project Leader

Áine is a geotechnical engineer and infrastructure asset advisor, experienced in geotechnical design and ground investigation, movement monitoring and damage assessment, construction site supervision and many facets of asset management, including infrastructure resilience.​

How are we doing this?

  • Identifying available tools and approaches that enhance resilience and foster resilience-based design
  • Assessing current use of tools and approaches in practice(users profile and uptake, maturity, case studies)
  • Identifying how tools and approaches contribute to create resilience value on the infrastructure value chain
  • Creating an accessible and searchable repository of tools and approaches for use by practitioners, with a global reach and vision, acknowledging that this repository will be ‘live’
  • Identifying gaps and customer needs for new tools and approaches
  • Engaging with tool developers and working with existing and potential users of tools

What are the outputs?

  • An open access, searchable and validated repository of tools and approaches to enhance resilience of critical infrastructure. Each tool/approach will include structured information e.g. description/purpose, what beneficiaries it is addressed to, value it aims to provide, relevant case studies.
  • Repository designed to allow “Trip Advisor” like reviews by users.
  • Reports presenting results from individual research projects, including gap analysis.
  • Materials from engagements with tool developers and users.
  • A graphic of the value chain for infrastructure services and short report with description and importance.
  • The value chain for infrastructure services graphic with tools and approaches mapped along it.

Project Resources

Tools workshop - Washington

See post event blog.

Hosted by 100 Resilient Cities, the workshop on 30 October 2018 was attended by a range of private and non-profit tool developers, alongside tool users and influencers. There was a focus on how tools for building more resilient infrastructure can support the overall resilience strategy for cities.

Tools workshop - New Orleans

See post event blog.

Our workshop on 15 November 2018 formed part of The Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning (RMEL) conference which was organised by the RMEL Community of Practice and took place in New Orleans, USA on 12-15 November 2018.

Tools workshop - London

See post event blog.

The third workshop on 5 February 2019 in London facilitated by The Schumacher Institute brought together tool users and developers representing the ‘Operate and Maintain’ end of the critical infrastructure resilience value chain.

2018 Understanding Risk: Balkans conference

Learn more about the Resilience Shift and its value chain approach to resilient infrastructure in this video interview from the 2018 Understanding Risk Balkans conference, hosted by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the World Bank and the Government of Serbia, with the financial support of the European Union. GFDRR and the World Bank.  You can also watch the recording of the live stream Ignite presentations here - Savina's presentation starts at 72'.


As well as working in close collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities and Global Infrastructure Basel, we have appointed three further grantees to work with us on our ‘Tools and approaches’ project, contributing to our ‘Ways to make resilience tangible, practical and relevant’ workstream. We had a lot of very high quality, interesting responses to our call for expression of interest and had a tough time choosing partners. Our selected grantees are:

  • MMI Engineering who bring expertise on the Value Chain concept and experience of using different tools and approaches to assess resilience across the world;
  • The Schumacher Institute who will advise on human-centred design, implementation science and will facilitate workshops; and
  • Dr Igor Linkov, risk and decision scientist at the US Army Corps of Engineers, Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon and consultant at Factor Social, who will provide technical expertise.

What is the value of resilience?

Our Resilience Shift debate, at the Global Knowledge Exchange in August 2018, put this to the challenge in a lively battle of wits.

Chaired by Mark Fletcher (Arup), the panel included Ruth Boumphrey (Lloyd's Register Foundation), Juliet Mian (Resilience Shift), Fred Boltz (Resolute Development Solutions), Cayley Green (City of Cape Town), Trevor Bishop (OFWAT), and Diego Juan Rodriquez (World Bank).

Find out more.