...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.

Using the City Water Resilience Approach – a step by step methodology

The safety and well-being of millions, if not billions, of people globally depends on the provision of safe, inclusive and resilient infrastructure systems.

In the face of increasing urbanisation, population growth and uncertainty around climate and other natural and man-made hazards, those working across urban water systems need to recognise the three inherent parts of their complex systems: the technical (the physical and cyber components), the ecological (both naturally occurring and designed-in nature-based components) and the social (those who depend upon the system, as well as those who own, operate and maintain them).

Furthermore, in cities, the interdependencies between different systems, different organisations, and public and private sectors are inescapable.

Within and between critical infrastructure sectors, there is a need to equip organisations and individuals across the entire value chain, with the tools and approaches they need to introduce resilience into their decision making.

People need to know what to do differently, and the City Water Resilience Approach fills that gap, taking city water stakeholders through the key stages from system mapping, resilience assessment to option identification and prioritisation, whilst recognising all of the complexities referred to above.

The rigour and collaboration that sit behind it significantly enhance its value in practice. The Resilience Shift believes that this approach has the potential to create genuine and lasting impact in cities globally, and is delighted to have supported this work.

Publication date: 3 October, 2019
Authors: George Beane (Arup), Katrin Bruebach (100 Resilient Cities), Louise Ellis (Arup / The Resilience Shift), Sophie Fisher (Arup), Richard Gine (SIWI), Alejandro Jiménez (SIWI), Iñigo Ruiz-Apilánez (Arup / The Resilience Shift), Panchali Saikia (SIWI), Martin Shouler (Arup) and Martine Sobey (100 Resilient Cities).