...in thinking

Resilience Engineered

Three films to demystify resilience, funded by The Resilience Shift, developed in collaboration with the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

Summary for Urban Policymakers

A summary for urban policymakers, presenting the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments in targeted summaries that can help inform action at the city scale.

Resilient Leadership

Real-time learning from the Covid crisis was captured over 16 weeks of interviews with senior leaders, providing insights into what makes resilient leadership, and how to lead for resilience.

...in practice

Infrastructure Pathways

A resource for practitioners in search of clear, easy-to-navigate guidance on climate-resilient infrastructure, compiled from hundreds of leading resources, and organized by lifecycle phase.


Diagram of a working port


A multi-stakeholder, whole-systems approach is needed for ports to become low carbon resilient gateways to growth, as a meeting point of critical infrastructure systems, cities and services.


Resilience Realized

The Resilience Realized Awards recognise projects around the world at the cutting edge of resilience.

City Water Resilience Approach

CWI Wheel diagram


Download the step by step methodology to help cities collaboratively build resilience to local water challenges, mapped with the OurWater online governance tool, as used by cities around the world.

Critical infrastructure resilience matters – January update

Critical infrastructure resilience matters, and will matter even more in future, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Nearly 62 million people were impacted by extreme weather events in 2018 (UN), and such events resulted in $215 billion in economic losses for the year. WEF therefore considers extreme weather to be one of the most significant global risks, and one that is highly interconnected with other risks (see graphic below, WEF).

Concerns about infrastructure failure and investment shortfalls also featured in their 2019 risk perception survey, underpinning the Global Risks Report 2019.

As well as the news from Davos, the focus for the Resilience Shift in January has been on further collaboration and on our key tenet to learn by doing.

We agreed a new partnership with the UK’s Resilience First who amongst other activities recently held a Breakfast Briefing event on standards in resilience; that included speakers Dr Rob MacFarlane, Deputy Director of the UK Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office, and Caroline Field, Head of Resilience at Thornton Tomasetti. This links closely to our work led from Australia on incentivising resilience through government policy.

The work of ENCORE+ (ENgineering COmplexity REsilence) is closely aligned with the Resilience Shift. ENCORE is an EPSRC funded Network+ aimed at exploring complex engineering systems, and we were delighted to participate in their final event. This event explored a proposal to create a National Institute for the Performance and Resilience of Complex Engineering Systems and showcased ENCORE’s outputs over the last three years.

In California, our Technical Advisory Group hosted a round-table at the University of California Berkeley focused on city-scale modelling. This follows our previous round-table on ports and logistics last year.

Ports are critical to many global supply chains. We recently interviewed Clon Ulrick on the challenges he sees for the sector, while in February we kick off a number of workshops world-wide on the subject of global supply chains.

We’ve seen great progress on our Theory to Practice work on water (see our projects on Resilient Water Governance and Influencing the Water Sector and will shortly be sharing the first phase of outputs from work, jointly supported by the Resilience Shift and the Rockefeller Foundation, on water resilience in partnership with SIWI, OECD, 100 Resilient Cites and Arup’s water specialists.

This is captured in the City Water Resilience Approach which includes a diagnostic framework tool for cities to use, and the outputs of collaborative research including a literature review and city characterisation reports for Amman, Cape Town, Kingston-upon-Hull, Manchester, Mexico City, Miami, Rotterdam and Thessaloniki.

Subscribe to our blog to get news alerts for this and other outputs from the Resilience Shift. February will also see our third workshop on tools and approaches, after which we will share what we have learnt and use it to inform our decision-making about next steps.

Here are some of the things that have caught our eye this month:

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