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 our programme

Our 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 lifecycle 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 our work we will see evidence of six key outcomes pictured here.  All of our projects, investments and events are designed to contribute towards these intended outcomes.

Find our more about our programme.

Six outcomes of a resilience shift

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

Find out more about our journey so far.


Understanding the Landscape

Last year, as part of our work to set up the Resilience Shift, we undertook a series of one-to-one interviews, focus group sessions and a global survey with Arup members. We have 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 our vision, impacts, outcomes and activities.

Download it here.

Programme Overview

This presentation provides an overview of our programme. You can find more presentation packs on our slideshare site.

More resources

We want you to spread the news about the Resilience Shift and provide here some materials you can use with your collaborators and teams.

Please get in touch via [email protected] with any feedback or requests for what you would find useful to help you share our work.

You can find videos on our youtube site, and presentations on slideshare.

Understanding resilience value

Resilience value is a core concept for our programme. The value chain is a simple tool for understanding resilience value. We ensure that our projects consider each stakeholder in the value chain to build greater value overall.

Find out more about how we are using a value chain approach.

Things we like

As part of our programme's activity we continually scan the news and views of others about resilience and related matters. When we find something we like, we share it with others on Twitter and in our own newsflow. This section of our website is where we keep a record of links we recommend for resilience practitioners.

See the things we like.

Our 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 we have over 30 grantees.

See our full list of individual and organisational collaborators here. 

Six outcomes of a resilience shift