Our Approach

Resilience is about complexity and systems thinking and requires a different approach to traditional, complicated engineering problems. Human factors and the understanding of socio-technical systems are therefore critical.

About the Resilience Shift initiative

The Resilience Shift's vision is that engineered structures and infrastructure will be not only safer (do not fail) but also better able to assure the continuity of critical functions. This is underpinned by two key impacts:

  • Decisions made along the infrastructure life-cycle will account for how critical infrastructure contributes to the resilience of the larger socio-technical-ecological system.
  • Critical infrastructure will be planned, designed, delivered, operated and maintained to serve communities (protect, connect, provide) under ordinary and extraordinary circumstances.

Through the Resilience Shift's work we will see evidence of six key outcomes pictured here.  All of the projects, investments and events are designed to contribute towards these intended outcomes.

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Six outcomes of a resilience shift

The journey so far

The Resilience Shift was set up in 2016 to address recommendations set out in the Lloyd's Register Foundation’s Foresight review of resilience engineering to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure.

During its first year, it set the direction using a number of activities to help inform choices, testing everything rigorously along the way. Those most promising ideas were turned into a first round of projects and in year two, in further putting theory into practice.

Find out more about the journey so far.


Understanding the Landscape

As part of the agenda-setting work of the Resilience Shift, the initiative undertook a series of one-to-one interviews, focus group sessions and a global survey with Arup members. It has brought together the many diverse and informative responses into this report which collates findings from consultations (surveys, interviews and focus groups), reviews and desk studies, in order to define the ‘baseline’ of critical infrastructure resilience in practice.

Download it here.

Overview Poster

This poster summarises the Resilience Shift's vision, impacts, outcomes and activities.

Download it here.

Programme Overview

This presentation provides an overview of the Resilience Shift programme. You can find more presentation packs on this slideshare site.


Understanding resilience and resilience value

Defining resilience

Resilience in infrastructure systems is the ability to prepare for identified shocks and stresses, to respond to and recover positively from those events that you cannot predict or avoid, and adapt to changing conditions. Resilience must focus on the ability of the system to continue to function, considering technical resilience alongside community and organisational resilience.

Resilience value

Resilience value is a core concept for the Resilience Shift. The value chain is a simple tool for understanding resilience value. All Resilience Shift projects consider each stakeholder in the value chain to build greater value overall.

Find out more about the Resilience Shift's value chain approach.

Things we like - useful links for resilience practitioners

The Resilience Shift's programme continually scans the news and views of others about resilience and related matters. Rather than just sharing it within the team, we are sharing useful or favourite links on Twitter/Linkedin, as well as here, for resilience practitioners, as 'Things we like'. Please add your own suggestions.

See the things we like.

Resilience Shift collaborators

There are several different ways in which external organisations can collaborate with the Resilience Shift programme, that include vendor, fully-funded or partially-funded grantee, partner, or equity partner. We want to work with a wide range of collaborators across our projects, events and investments. At the end of year two there are over 35 grantees.

See our full list of individual and organisational collaborators here. 

Six outcomes of a resilience shift

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