Four Twenty Seven, Resilient Organisations, TRL and Wood announced as new grantees

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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