Resilient infrastructure for a safer world
The Resilience Shift exists to inspire and empower a global community to make the world safer through resilient infrastructure. More people than ever depend on the critical infrastructure systems that provide essential energy, water, transport and communications services, and underpin food, healthcare and education. When this infrastructure fails the consequences can be catastrophic.
Supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Arup, the Resilience Shift provides knowledge and tools for those responsible for planning, financing, designing, delivering, operating and maintaining critical infrastructure systems. Our aim is to ensure infrastructure systems are able to withstand, adapt to, and recover quickly from anticipated or unexpected shocks and stresses - now and in the future.
About critical infrastructure systems
As the world’s population grows and moves from rural areas to cities, more people than ever before are relying on the critical infrastructure systems that provide essential energy, water, transport and communications services to meet their daily needs. These critical infrastructure systems protect and connect communities and provides essential services, including food, water and healthcare. When one of these lifelines fails, the consequences can be catastrophic for people, the environment and the economy.
Our infrastructure systems are becoming increasingly complex and interdependent, and the future in which they will operate is very uncertain. Increasing demand and a lack of coordinated governance and investment has made infrastructure fragile and vulnerable to threats ranging from climate change to cyber-attacks. We need a shift in thinking and practice such that critical infrastructure systems will withstand, adapt to, and recover quickly from whatever anticipated or unexpected shocks and stresses they may face.
Significant investment is already planned to address infrastructure deficits globally and to repair and retro-fit existing infrastructure systems for a changing climate and digital age. Rapid urbanisation in developing countries will require considerable investment in new infrastructure to meet the increasing demand. There is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create integrated infrastructure systems that will continue to function in response to most shocks, fail without catastrophic consequences, and recover quickly.
Accelerating an urgent shift
We need an urgent shift in practice and thinking globally to provide the new approaches being demanded by the organisations in charge of infrastructure planning, design, operation and maintenance, and those that rely on the critical services these systems provide.
The Resilience Shift, supported by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and hosted by Arup, is helping to build a global community equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to drive practice towards better, more resilient critical infrastructure and a safer world.
We are focusing on tools and approaches to put this shift in resilience thinking into practice, identifying the drivers and enablers for infrastructure resilience, and advancing a common understanding of resilient systems, both within and between critical sectors.
Infrastructure resilience matters - whether you are in a government developing policy; an investor looking for a return; an engineer responsible for the design, construction or retrofitting of safe infrastructure; an asset operator ensuring continuity of service; or a business concerned about continuity of a supply chain. The Resilience Shift is committed to advance best practices across the infrastructure value chain, working collaboratively with leading organisations in critical infrastructure sectors and fostering knowledge transfer between them.