Harvesting resilience knowledge as projects come to fruition

At this time of year, project leaders and grantees are concluding individual pieces of work, so we are busy publishing reports, and analysing progress. But it’s also an opportunity to start synthesising the conclusions across the Resilience Shift’s output as a whole.

Looking across the Resilience Shift’s activities to date, it is satisfying to see the connections and synergies between different projects, and between the partners involved in creating solutions with us. Sharing that learning with the wider community of practice will help us to further develop a valuable knowledge base for all those working in infrastructure resilience.

In May, we’ll be bringing together our work on resilience primers for specific industry sectors, hosted in San Francisco, with grantees in the USA, New Zealand and the UK, with our work to understand the role of policy and standards on resilience, hosted in Melbourne, Australia. To date this has created the first of our resilience primers – Potable Water: A guide to improving resilience – developed in partnership with Resilient Organisations, and a research report on the Role of Public Policy in Critical Infrastructure Resilience, developed in partnership with the University of Melbourne, with other publications soon to follow.

The Resilience Shift Policy Symposium on 15 May in Melbourne, will explore ‘What are the key drivers of best practice for critical infrastructure resilience?’ and is part of a strand of work exploring how to incentivise resilience in practice in different sectors, and how to then scale it up to become mainstream using particular levers such as policy, legislation, ratings tools or other.

To register your interest in attending this event please email [email protected]


Here are some of the things that we liked this month:

  • An Observer Research Foundation Special Report on ‘Rating resilience: Factoring climate resilience into infrastructure risk metrics’ has provided a framework for defining risk metrics to capture climate resilience in infrastructure assets.
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers’ Risk and Resilience Measurement Committee has published new guidelines for ‘Resilience-Based Performance’ to consider the enhancements needed in the design and construction of buildings and lifeline systems to support a community’s social stability, economic vitality, and environmental sustainability.
  • A policy toolkit has been developed by the OECD around ‘Good Governance for Critical Infrastructure Resilience’ to help guide governments in taking a more coherent, preventative approach to protecting and sustaining essential services.
  • This recent academic paper has developed a framework for analysing and classifying the diverse work of institutions in terms of supporting infrastructure resilience. Spanning across the constitutional, regulatory and operational institutions involved, and including a case study from the water-energy nexus in the US.
  • The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has produced its own Climate Resilience Measurement Framework, that focuses on several key resilience issues, including physical infrastructure.
  • A perspective paper in Nature Sustainability has analysed the contradictions and tensions between sustainability and resilience. The authors propose a new framework that could significantly help urban policy and implementation processes in addressing new challenges.

You can find these, along with other interesting links, on our website’s ‘Things We Like’ page.

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