...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.

City Water Resilience Approach : Partnering for a resilient future

Global water crises—from flooding to drought—are one of the biggest threats facing the planet over the next decade. As the world’s urban population grows larger, resilient urban water management will be critical to ensuring safe, healthy and prosperous cities.

The City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA) helps cities build the capacity of urban water systems to endure, adapt and transform in the face of new challenges. The approach will inform how water programmes and projects are prioritised, planned, delivered and operated to improve outcomes to individuals.

The CWRA team is always looking for new partners who are interested in advancing this important theme—as donor, city champion, or subject matter expert. We recognise that the project of building water resilience in cities is an ambitious one and cannot be achieved alone, and we would be delighted to discuss how we might work together with your organisation.

In particular, we are looking for partners to work with us to introduce the CWRA to new cities, to build on our existing engagement with eight partner cities.

Learning from an expanded network of participants lets new partner cities leap-frog development by learning what has worked and what hasn’t in other cities. At the same time, we are working to continue to develop a suite of resources —the City Water Resilience Framework, OurWater and others—that can be applied to all cities now and in the future. While these are intended as open-source tools, inputs are always needed to help us continue to build and refine them.

This document summarises the development of the CWRA to date. If you are interested in partnering with us to apply the CWRA in your city or across multiple cities, please register your interest.

Publication date: 13 March, 2019
Authors: The CWRA project team includes Pilar Avello (SIWI), George Beane (Arup), Kieran Birtill (Arup), James Bristow (Arup), Alexa Bruce (Arup / The Resilience Shift), Louise Ellis (Arup / The Resilience Shift), Sophie Fisher (Arup), Mark Fletcher (Arup), Caroline Karmann (Arup), Richard Gine (SIWI), Alejandro Jiménez (SIWI), James Leten (SIWI), Kathryn Pharr (Venturi Innovation), Oriana Romano (OECD), Iñigo Ruiz-Apilánez (Arup / The Resilience Shift), Panchali Saikia (SIWI), Martin Shouler (Arup) and Paul Simkins (Arup).