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Turning words into action to achieve the SDGs

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Kara Brussen, an engineer in Arup’s Environment team, reflects on her time at November’s Global Engineering Congress. Kara explains that the engineering and infrastructure community has an important opportunity to contribute to the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals and should now focus on turning words into action to ensure we have a positive impact.

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the most ambitious goals humanity has ever set for itself. Everyone has a role to play in achieving them – including engineers.

In November, 2,500 engineers from 70 countries came together to discuss the SDGs at the first ever Global Engineering Congress. Throughout the week it was evident that both organisers (the Institution of Civil Engineers and the World Federation of Engineering Organisations) and attendees were determined for the event to be more than just talking – the motto repeated throughout the week was turning “words into action, and action into impact”.

As I listened to talks and participated in workshops over the week, several themes emerged around the role of engineers in delivering the SDGs. These include:

Engineers have a great opportunity to influence

The streamers in the photo represent four of the goals that engineers can most readily influence – those relating to water, energy, infrastructure and cities. However, there are opportunities for engineers to influence across all the SDGs. At the GEC, UNOPS and the University of Oxford launched a report which outlines how infrastructure underpins the sustainable development and relates to each and every SDG. Infrastructure and buildings designed by engineers now will shape the built environment for future generations.

Engineers don’t operate within a bubble

Most delegates at the GEC were engineers (not surprising given the name of the event). However, it emerged over and over that engineers do not work in isolation. Projects are promised by politicians, planned by policy-makers, funded by financial institutions and then used over many years by the communities that we serve. Achieving the SDGs will need commitment from everyone, and engineers can seek to influence to ensure that (a) the right projects are built and (b) they are built in the right way. This shares commonality with the value-based approach to infrastructure delivery which recognises that there are multiple stakeholders engaged in critical infrastructure, and was presented by the Resilience Shift at their GEC workshop.

The GEC also highlighted that while the SDGs are part of a global sustainable development agenda, the challenges to implementing them are very different depending on the local context. For example, some delegates were from countries that had a severe infrastructure deficit, whereas others were trying to work out how to deal with a legacy of ageing infrastructure. Conferences like the GEC allow engineers to learn from each other, and professional institutions reinforce those links and provide further opportunities to share best practice.

Engineers are already coming up with tools and processes to align projects with the SDGs

Martin Van Veelen from the South African Institution of Civil Engineering introduced Infrastructure Report Cards as one potential tool. Typically, they are used to report on the state of infrastructure at a national level (e.g. the USA), however they could also be used to understand infrastructure needs across a region or globally. Integrating consideration of the SDGs into Infrastructure Report Cards would be one way of identifying how infrastructure in a specific location is supporting progress towards delivery of the SDGs (or conversely, how a lack of quality infrastructure is a barrier). The discussion following Martin’s presentation highlighted the need to consider the links across all the goals to different types of infrastructure, rather than just the obvious ones.

This open mindset was encouraged in an Arup workshop I attended on the opening day of the congress, which set the scene for the week perfectly. In groups we were instructed to choose a goal at random and then consider how an example transport project would contribute to that goal. Transport projects are usually aimed at improving travel time or reducing accidents and collisions, however viewed through the lens of Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being our discussion veered towards improving air quality, the value of active travel for mental health impacts, and the well-being benefits associated with community cohesion and connectivity.

Achieving the SDGs will need a step change and we don’t have a lot of time

The conference was just a week after the IPCC delivered its special report, which stated that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees would require “rapid and far-reaching transitions in energy, land, urban and infrastructure, and industrial systems” and a reduction in emissions by 45% by 2030.

A comment in one session made the stark observation that we have less time to achieve the SDGs than we have already been using tools like CEEQUAL to improve the sustainability of infrastructure projects (CEEQUAL was launched by the ICE 15 years ago in 2003). The SDGs have a deadline of 2030, which is within the construction and operational timescale of all engineering projects currently in development. Achieving the SDGs and ensuring a sustainable future requires transformational thinking now.

What comes next?

It’s worth repeating that there is a need to turn words into action, and action into impact. The ICE is drawing together the discussions and ideas from the event into an action plan and develop working groups to progress actions from early 2019. It is great to see leadership buy-in from professional institutions, however we also have a responsibility as individual engineers to align our work with the future we want.

This will require a different way of working and is pretty overwhelming at first – after all there are 17 goals, 169 targets and 232 indicators to consider. The first step is to make each decision on a project with consideration of whether it is helping drive the project in a direction that supports one or more of the SDGs. As Marlene Kanga (WFEO President) said in her opening address – ‘We are the change makers. We have the ability to change the world – for better or for worse‘.



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New grantees appointed to develop industry specific resilience primers

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We have today announced the appointment of four new grantees for our global programme to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure.

Four Twenty Seven, Resilient Organisations, the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and Wood have been commissioned to develop industry-specific primers that will help key players understand what they can do differently to improve resilience in their industry. They will set out the key incentives or other levers that exist for that industry.

Ultimately, the vision of the Resilience Shift is a more resilient world which understands the interconnected nature of modern life and the services on which we all depend. Critical infrastructure systems and their associated industries provide essential services to society.

Ibrahim Almufti, Project Leader, Resilience Shift, said: “Our aim is to shift the needle on resilience practice so that all organisations embed it into their decision-making. To achieve this, we must clearly articulate the value that resilience can bring.”

More about our new grantees

The team at Four Twenty Seven, led by Dr. Yoon Kim, has been commissioned to develop an industry-specific primer focused on the Shipping Sector. With stakeholders including shipping companies, terminal operators, and ports, we cannot afford for this sector to shut down when faced with extreme shocks or stresses.

The team at Resilient Organisations, led by Dr. Tracy Hatton, has been commissioned to develop an industry-specific primer focused on the water sector, namely Potable Water Infrastructure. The delivery of freshwater is critical to safety and wellbeing of everyone.

The team at TRL, led by Dr. Sarah Reeves, has been commissioned to develop an industry-specific primer focused on the transportation sector, namely Roadways and Railways. Substantial impacts to this sector are expected to have direct effects on essential services.

The team at Wood, led by Peter J Hall, has been commissioned to develop an industry-specific primer focused on the Electrical Utilities sector. Utility power stands out as a truly critical infrastructure system. An energy utility that struggles to recover from extreme shocks or stresses could have a direct impact on the safety and well-being of millions of people.

The initial expression of interest closed at the end of August 2018, but the Resilience Shift anticipates continuing this work into 2019. We will welcome future submissions from interested grantees at any time.

Jo da Silva, Acting Programme Director, Resilience Shift, said: “We are engaging directly with industry stakeholders and with those responsible for incentivising resilience for critical infrastructure. The Resilience Shift is a global initiative, we want to develop a common understanding across infrastructure systems globally, and our new grantees are diverse both geographically and in their target sector.”

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Building understanding with contributions from across the globe this October

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The 6th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum took place in Manila, Philippines, and was a place to share lessons and experiences on ‘enabling resilience for all’. Juliet Mian, Resilience Shift Technical Director, discussed (virtually) the role of digital transformation of infrastructure systems in Climate Smart Cities. Further insight into this event and the resilience challenges for this region can be found in this guest blog by Belinda Hewitt.

In Sydney, Australia, Rob Turk, leader of our work on ‘mainstreaming critical infrastructure resilience through policy and standards’, attended the infrastructure resilience session of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia’s Annual Conference and Awards.

In London, we headed to the Global Engineering Congress (GEC) whose focus was on understanding the role that the engineering community can play to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A report by the University of Oxford-led Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium and UNOPS launched at the GEC stresses that infrastructure is key to unlocking the SDGs, drawing on case studies from UNOPS projects around the world. It highlights the pivotal role that infrastructure has in delivering the SDGs for a sustainable and resilient future.

The Resilience Shift hosted a technical workshop on ‘Making resilience practical, tangible and relevant’. Savina Carluccio introduced our value-based approach, and how this will help us to improve critical infrastructure resilience. George Beane presented an overview of our WaterShare tool, the new name for the web-based tool we are developing in partnership with the City Water Resilience Framework to map resilient water governance.

Presentations were followed by a panel session including John White of 100 Resilient Cities, Kristen MacAskill of Cambridge University and Juliet Mian. We were thrilled to have such lively engagement with the audience, who showed support towards our value-chain approach through recognition of their own challenges.

Later that day, Juliet represented Resilience Shift in a panel session on the topic of ‘Sustainability in an interconnected world’. Fellow panellists included Elspeth Finch MBE (CEO IAND) and Mark Enzer (CTO, Mott MacDonald). The session was chaired by Craig Lucas (Director of Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy Directorate, UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy).

In Washington DC, we were excited to kick-off the first of our workshops on resilience ‘tools and approaches’. These are designed to connect tool developers and potential users to help us understand gaps between what exists and what users need. This first workshop was convened by 100 Resilient Cities on behalf of the Resilience Shift. The stream of tweets with views and quotes from the day gives us a hint of the insight gained by -participants. Our next workshop will be in New Orleans in November convened by Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB).

Resilience round up

In our monthly roundup of new, interesting and relevant things that have come to our attention this month, here are some of the key things we found:

– The Institution of Civil Engineers has published a new book on ‘Critical Infrastructures Resilience: Policy Engineering and Principles’.

– The American Society of Civil Engineers published a new manual of practice on ‘Climate Resilient Infrastructure: Adaptive design and risk management’.

– The World Bank published guidance on ‘Transport Sector Recovery: Opportunities to Build Resilience’.

– In their October edition of ‘Voices on Infrastructure’ series, the Global Infrastructure Initiative by McKinsey and Company published their ‘Future-proofing infrastructure in a fast-changing world report, with insights from organisations including the ASCE and the Centre for Liveable Cities.

– As part of the Autumn Budget statement in the UK, the National Infrastructure Commission has announced a study on the resilience of the UK’s infrastructure systems – the momentum around our topic area continues to grow!

– Arup recently published their report on ‘Making the total value case for investment: In infrastructure and the built environment’.

– Lloyd’s of London published an innovation report on ‘Innovative finance for resilience infrastructure‘. We are reviewing this to see what we can learn for our activities in workstream 2.

– We liked the CIRI webinar on ‘Dynamic resiliency modelling and planning for interdependent critical infrastructures which is relevant to our outcome statement on dynamic performance based design.

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Introducing WaterShare – promoting collaborative water governance

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A new digital resilient water governance tool, WaterShare, was introduced at the Global Engineering Congress 2018 through a presentation by George Beane from the City Water Resilience Framework. It is being developed by the Resilience Shift and the City Water Resilience Framework in partnership with SIWI and OECD. You can read George’s slides here or read the feature below which explains more about the development of the tool, the related work and plans for next year. 

Water governance is complicated, and especially complicated for cities. Natural hydrologic cycles do not fit neatly into administrative boundaries, and this makes governance quite complicated.

We know all this, because over the past year we’ve worked closely with eight cities around the world – Cape Town, Mexico City, Miami, Amman, Thessaloniki, Manchester, Rotterdam and Hull. We’ve talked with over 700 participants during 10 workshops, and 38 structured interviews.

Throughout this process, it has become apparent how critical the role of governance is in building resilience and has raised many questions about how relationships, between government, the private sector and civil society, foster resilience?

To better understand governance, the City Water Resilience Framework has worked closely with the Resilience Shift and partnered with the Stockholm International Water Institute and the OECD, who are both international leaders in this field.

Throughout this engagement we’ve heard a number of things that inform how we think about building resilience. Specifically related to water governance, over and over we hear that there is a real need for collaboration, for sharing information across departments, between levels of government and between critical sectors.

We know that the climate is changing. We also know that the world’s population is growing and, simultaneously becoming more urbanized. The combined consequence of these three facts, is that risk is increasingly concentrated in cities and will become even more so over the next century.

For instance, in the United Kingdom, we can expect an increase in urban flooding, which will affect growing numbers of people. The way flooding plays out in the UK is very different than Manila. The resources available to address these challenges, the appropriateness of potential solutions, these things vary according to context. As do the hazards that will be confronted in each place. For instance: flooding in Manila and the UK. Drought in Cape Town. Water pollution in Mexico City. The list goes on. And, of course cities confront multiple shocks and stresses, often at the same time.

Further complicating this is the fact that cities are themselves made up of complex systems that interact with other systems. So, water infrastructure relies on energy infrastructure. Energy is the obvious one, but water is tied to transportation systems, waste management, public health, policing, telecommunications, etc

The question of collaborative governance is one key challenge we’ve identified. Together with our partners we have been developing a tool to help address this particular challenge.

Our Resilient Water Governance tool, which is called WaterShare, is a digital, desk-top based application. It allows users to answer the questions

  • What are the natural and man-made elements that make up the water system?
  • How do these interact with each other?
  • And which actors are involved?”

It does this by helping users map out all the elements of their urban water system – how a lake is connected to a water plant, which supplies water to a certain part of the city, for example.

Each box on the screen represents some asset in the system – a river or a treatment plant or an end user. The lines show connections between these assets.

You can customize the tool for your city, adding the particular features that are relevant to you. For example, coastal defences might be relevant to Rotterdam but obviously wouldn’t be for landlocked Mexico City.

The user can also see which assets will likely be affected by different stresses or shocks. You can interrogate each individual asset. Where is major piece of infrastructure located? Who owns it? And see which stakeholders are involved in managing these and in what capacity.

This last piece is critical because it speaks most directly the role of governance in determining the health of a system. Are there roles that need to be filled that aren’t? Are there too many organizations involved in one particular role?


You can map relationships between actors with the lines and boxes showing all the stakeholders involved in the water system.

The thicker lines refer to stronger relationships. i.e. where there are organizations involved in the same asset or connected in the system. And you can select for one of those organizations to see how it relates to the rest.

The power of this is the potential to reveal latent relationships, to show where there is overlap in the remit of different organizations but perhaps these organizations are not actually speaking with each other

We’ve followed three guiding principles to inform the process of building solutions to help our city partners.

  • First tools must be practical, meaning, they need to be low cost in terms of time and resources and technological sophistication. If not, users will find something that’s more convenient and they’ll use that instead, or they’ll just go back to what they were doing before.
  • Second, tools need to be flexible, meaning whether we’re talking about London or Manila, the tool has to provide insights to users., there’s a danger of going too far here; too much flexibility could mean that we – meaning the project partners — give up our own perspective about what we believe actually drives resilience.
  • Finally, tools should be multi-sectoral. Meaning, they can be used by government, private sector, academia. We have worked closely with government, but this is not our only audience, and in some cities, it may not even be the right actor to push for resilience. It’s critical that the tool can be adopted by anyone who wants to use it.


This work – not just the tool itself, but the broader project of defining and building resilience – has itself really embraced a collaborative approach, not only with our project partners, Arup, The Resilience Shift, SIWI, OECD but also with the cities themselves.

Having close partnerships has been absolutely fundamental to this work. And we have and continue to see this as an iterative process, a process of co-learning, testing and refining.

We are happy to work with new partners and collaborators and to share our experiences building this tool. You can contact us via [email protected]

Other outputs will be derived from this work including the eight Cities Reports to be published later this year. From the next stages planned for 2019 we’ll be building on the model of the City Resilience Index, with the development of a water resilience Framework Assessment Tool being developed as part of the City Water Resilience Framework.

A beta version of WaterShare is planned to be ready for testing next year.

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Building knowledge and sharing insights – taking stock of September’s progress

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September 2018 has been a great month for the Resilience Shift team, and our wider network of grantees and pioneers.

Our focus is on a shift in practice, and we know that to do this, we need to engage widely with stakeholders, from across critical infrastructure value chains. Convening those who can influence changes in practice is a two-way exchange – we can disseminate knowledge, and we can learn from the engagement about what’s needed, what works, and what doesn’t.

As we start to approach the end of our second year, disseminating the work we’re doing, and planning work for 2019 and beyond, is keeping us all very busy.

There is a wealth of knowledge captured in the latest issue of the journal Environment Systems and Decisions and we are very proud of the contribution the Resilience Shift has made to this special edition – read more in Nancy Kete’s recent blog.

Events globally during the past month have served to bring into focus once again the importance of resilient infrastructure, to create a world that is not only safer, but also better able to function after an event. Typhoons, hurricanes and most recently the deadly earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Indonesia, all illustrate the interconnected nature of infrastructure, and how communities rely on these systems, such as communication networks, in times of crisis.

This issue of cascading failures linked to power and communications infrastructure in a ‘black skies’ situation was explored at a Resilience First event in London that we attended. With a debate led by Lord Toby Harris, UK Coordinator of the Electrical Infrastructure Security Council (EIS), the event offered an insight into how the energy industry prepares for such incidents and how they aim to build resilience into the system – see Lord Toby’s article Are we ready if the lights go out?. The EIS Council was also responsible for the recent EIS Earth Ex exercise that included such a scenario among its event content.

The Resilience Shift is a global initiative. This is extremely important for our work, and reflects the increasingly globally connected world we live in. In practice, we can’t make a global shift in one simple step and have to start with geographies that we know well. Arup, as the host institution, has a ready-made global community to support this.

We are starting work in the Australasian region, assessing the contribution that policy and legislation make to ‘moving the needle’ of infrastructure resilience. This is against the background of a number of developments, including, very recently, the New South Wales government’s publication of its Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy, encouraging leaders in business and government to support communities by improving critical infrastructure resilience.

Remaining in Australia, we also found some useful insights from Australia’s infrastructure sector and how they’re managing climate resilience in the infrastructure sector in this short video.

Some other interesting resources we’ve found useful this month include:

Looking forward to October, you can hear from the Resilience Shift at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)’s Global Engineering Congress in London, and the 6th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation (APAN) Forum in Manila, Philippines.

We’ll also be conducting the first of a series of workshops on tools and approaches focusing on the needs of participants from the beginning, middle and end of the critical infrastructure value chain. These promise to be extremely insightful in helping us to explore how we can turn theory to practice for all those working in infrastructure resilience.

Following our call for expressions of interest, we are delighted to confirm that we’ve provisionally selected four grantees to help us develop industry specific resilience primers.

We’ll be announcing their names and topics in due course, so sign up to our blog to receive our news directly.

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“Resilience is the property of communities, not structures”

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That’s a quote from one of the papers in the latest issue of Environment Systems and Decisions, which just published updated versions of a set of research papers the Resilience Shift commissioned in 2017 as part of an initial agenda setting exercise, to get ideas for how to design, deliver and operate for resilience.

What I love about the quote is that it’s from a 1981 monograph by Peter Timmerman commissioned by the Canadian government to help understand how to think about vulnerability, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change. Thirty-seven years later and most societies are still struggling to understand this idea and to operationalize it.

It is also a nice succinct way of describing the remit of the Resilience Shift, with its focus on resilience engineering – i.e. on the professional practices that can ensure engineered structures and infrastructure will be planned, designed, delivered, regulated and operated to serve the communities (provide, protect, and/or connect) under ordinary and extraordinary circumstances.

Here’s the heart of the conundrum: although engineering isn’t the only domain that contributes to the resilience or lack thereof of critical infrastructure, society does call on and rely on engineering for creating and managing resilience, as the paper in this issue by Pearson et al. reminds us. But traditionally, engineers aren’t trained for, expected to, or paid to deliver community – from where resilience emerges and where lack of resilience is felt.

In “Engineering Meets Institutions”, Naderpajoul et al. who found that wonderful quote from Timmerman, look at the challenge and the complexity of managing for resilience. Recognizing that although engineering is a principal domain associated with critical infrastructure, managing critical infrastructure successfully for resilience requires an interdisciplinary approach.

The articles in this issue collectively help make resilience more practical, tangible, and relevant to researchers and practitioners alike. They gamely contribute to a nascent understanding of what “resilience engineering” is, even though much controversy remains over definitions of resilience, more generally.

Please see here for the open access introduction to the special issue –

The whole issue is here – https://link.springer.com/journal/10669/38/3/page/1 – but, unfortunately, most of the papers are behind a paywall.

And the complete set of original white papers are available on the Resilience Shift website – http://resilienceshift.org/publications/.

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Water, water everywhere – and more events to come

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Cayley Green presenting on Cape Town’s water resilience challenges

Water resilience has been a key focus for us over August. We brought cities and stakeholders together at a three-day event – the Global Knowledge Exchange – hosted at Lloyd’s Register Foundation in London.

Water resilience is a connecting factor for cities as diverse as Miami, Mexico City, Amman, Hull and Cape Town. Following our fieldwork with them earlier this year, we heard from city representatives about the challenges they face. Together we continue to shape our resilient water governance work as well as our input to the Rockefeller Foundation-funded City Water Resilience Framework, co-hosts of the event.

At SIWI World Water Week, our events included a SIWI sofa panel discussing the Governance for Resilient Urban Water Systems project and the City Water Resilience Framework. A structured one-day programme of events supported a global focus on how to build a resilient future through water, with a number of high level dialogue sessions.

We also asked leading water resilience scientists and practitioners to present their current work in our showcase on water systems resilience design for urban systems, basins and transboundary water sources.

Water also became a personal issue for those in our team taking part in EarthEx. This online interactive exercise aimed to provide organisations and individuals with a forum to discuss, develop and test organisational plans to improve resilience to Black Sky Hazards. As an individual taking part in the exercise, the importance of water for our short- and long-term survival was brought home through your choices of priority items to keep your family safe during such an event.

We know that water is only one of the industry sectors we need to work with to achieve a shift towards resilience within and between critical infrastructure systems.  The initial deadline closed for expressions of interest to develop industry-specific resilience primers. Thank you to all those who applied for this round.

Our work exploring the role that policy and regulation has to play is also moving forward, with plans in place to undertake several small scoping studies in this area, exploring recent developments in Australia as a starting point.

We discovered some more useful publications, including: ‘Resilience of Critical Infrastructures: Review and analysis of Current Approaches’ which considers the current issues surrounding the development of resilience metrics; ‘Safety and Reliability – Safe Societies in a changing world’ which represents the proceedings of the 2018 European Safety and Reliability Conference, and has a subsection around the topic of Resilience Engineering; ‘A value-based approach to infrastructure resilience’ that is a development from a paper previously submitted by two of our Grantees from MMI Engineering during the Resilience Shift’s first year, and who are currently working with us on our tools and approaches project.

This autumn, among other events, we’ll be at the 100 Resilient Cities CoLab Building a Water Resilient City in Cape Town, and at the World Bank Understanding Risk Balkans Conference in Belgrade, also the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE)’s Global Engineering Congress in London. Get in touch if you’ll be attending.

You can continue to apply to us with specific expressions of interest and also submit your ideas generally. However there will be other specific calls throughout our programme. To avoid missing them, sign up to our blog round up to receive news of further opportunities for funding resilience projects.

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Resilience primers – a great response – Thank you

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We were excited to receive 20 expressions of interest, in response to our (recent call) for partners to develop industry-specific primers that provide insight on what incentives are available to embed resilience within organizations and what opportunities exist to scale these further.

On behalf of the Resilience Shift team, I’d like to thank all those that responded. The responses are of excellent quality and represent a diverse mix of organizations and individuals. We are in the process of reviewing and assessing these, and we’ll be following up with respondents soon.

Thanks again for your interest in moving the needle to incentivize resilience!  Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog to be first to get our news.


p.s. While the initial deadline for response has passed, we may continue to solicit additional expressions of interest on a rolling basis. Stay tuned for future opportunities.

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Grants available to develop resilience primers for industry

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Initial deadline for expressions of interest 27 August 2018.

How can we shift the needle on resilience practice so that all organisations embed it into their decision-making? We believe that key incentives or other levers exist for all industries and that we must articulate the value that resilience can bring.

We are seeking expressions of interest from potential grantees to develop practical, industry-specific primers that will identify:

  • The current best practices by leading organisations (within the selected industry) that embed resilience into their decision-making, and the incentives/levers that drive them.
  • The incentives/levers that are currently available for driving resilience, but not capitalized upon due to lack of awareness of their existence.
  • How to scale and augment the current menu of incentives/levers.

These primers are envisioned to be industry-specific, booklet-style, guidance documents that capture best practice as to how and when resilience is valued within a
given industry, highlighting key decision points when resilience can be enhanced.

We want to engage directly with industry stakeholders and with those responsible for incentivizing resilience for critical infrastructure. Interested collaborators should therefore propose an industry where they have existing contacts, both with end-users of the primers and with organizations that incentivize resilience.

The proposed critical infrastructure system or associated industry should be one that provides essential services to society, where a lack of resilience could have a direct impact on the safety and well-being of society.

The Resilience Shift is a global initiative, we want to develop a common understanding across infrastructure systems globally, and we’d be interested to hear from applicants working in any part of the world. To find out more, see the detailed Scope for Grantees and the Expression of Interest form where you can apply to work with us.

Scope for Grantees guidance document

Expression of Interest form

Initial deadline for expressions of interest is 27 August 2018. However, we anticipate continuing this work into 2019, and will welcome submissions from interested grantees at any time.

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Pushing forward from strong foundations – a change in leadership

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Over the past two years Nancy Kete as our first Executive Director has fundamentally shaped the Resilience Shift setting the direction of how we work, what we work on and most importantly – why. At this point where the emphasis of the programme shifts from strategy to operations, Nancy has made the decision to step down from her role as Executive Director at the end of August. She leaves the programme with strong foundations and a clear strategy, and will continue to add value to our work in an advisory role while we go about delivering in alignment with the direction that she has set.

We are enormously grateful for Nancy’s pioneering work with the Resilience Shift and the positive impact this has had in building our reputation and network. The programme is now firmly established, and our initial projects are starting to influence and deliver outcomes that will result in measurable impacts for key stakeholders and target audiences. Her value-driven approach is gathering momentum within the projects we are supporting and will continue to underpin our work going forward taking us closer to a future where:

  • Professionals will make decisions all along the value chain/project life cycle that account for how critical infrastructure contributes to the resilience of the larger social-technical-ecological system
  • Infrastructure will be planned, designed, delivered and operated to serve communities (provide, protect, connect) under both ordinary and extraordinary circumstances


We are proud of all the Resilience Shift has achieved so far under Nancy’s leadership, and thank her for her contribution. Our aspirations for the Resilience Shift extend well beyond the initial 5 years funded by the Lloyds Register Foundation.

Over the coming months we will be seeking a new Executive Director with whom we will work to ensure the long term sustainability of the programme and its role in driving the critical infrastructure resilience agenda over the next 10+ years.

Juliet Mian will continue to lead the programme delivery as Technical Director, with Will Goode as Programme Manager.

Jo da Silva will take on the role of Acting Executive Director, while we identify and appoint a new Executive Director.


Michael Bruno – Chair, Resilience Shift Board.

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