...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.

Building Resilience through Water: Water Security Journal

The Resilience Shift is delighted to announce the launch of a Water Security Journal Special Issue: Building Resilience through Water  that offers a solutions-focused exploration of how to navigate our changing climate and uncertain future.

Find out more about the project in this feature.


To thrive under climate change, humanity faces two urgent imperatives: sustaining an earth system with a suitable environment; and adapting human systems to change, thereby building resilience to incremental stresses and to rapid onset disasters. Fresh water is vital to achieving both. Water is a defining element of human and natural systems, underpinning their diversity, distribution, and productivity. Shifting patterns of water in space and time will define key pathways for adaptation to climate change. This Special Issue examines the thesis that the challenges inherent in managing water offers a window into the broader, complex challenge of designing and managing for the resilience of human systems. We consider what is necessary for water resilience and how human system resilience may be charted and navigated through water. A conceptual framework articulates this central thesis, examining the nature of water resilience and its relation to water-dependent human systems. A portfolio of applied research further explores this proposition, including modeling, metrics and applications to water systems, infrastructure, cities, energy systems and to the water cycle at regional and planetary scale. Human dimensions of adapting to global change and building resilience are explored in a related essay.

Publication date: 15 April, 2020
Authors: Brian Richter, Fred Boltz