...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.

Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

The Resilience Shift is a founding partner of The International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI), which, with the support of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Arcadis, has developed an innovation framework for the promotion of resilient and sustainable infrastructure from around the world. This framework is outlined in this report, which highlights projects and cities that serve as examples of innovative solutions for climate adaptation, mitigation and development strategies.

The projects and programmes, referred to as ICSI Innovation Champions have been selected, evaluated and ranked using a set of key criteria and values informed by ASCE’s future trends and forecasting analyses and input from a global expert panel. These values determine that an ICSI Innovation Champion must have a multi-functional and holistic approach to innovative solutions. Project have been chosen therefore that address both sustainability and resilience through their innovation.

For example, a mitigation project that is focused on resilience should also include sustainability values. It’s not just about protecting communities, but about addressing the current and future needs of communities in a holistic way that creates more value and enables communities to thrive. The projects showcased in this report serve as inspiring examples of how to approach this transformative change.

The ICSI Innovation Action Track aims to support projects that enhance innovation in both sustainability and resilience practices and solutions. This paper summarizes key findings of this work, allowing stakeholders across the infrastructure lifecycle to access and learn from real-world approaches to embedding sustainability and resilience in infrastructure. The projects highlighted in this report can facilitate others to build towards quality, fast-paced, and replicable innovations that will help to accomplish the UN Sustainable Development goals and address the growing demand for climate-resilient infrastructure.

For inquiries about additional details or how to get involved with these studies, contact the contributing authors, Jerry Buckwalter at gbuckwalter@asce.org or Edgar Westerhof at edgar.westerhof@arcadis.com, or contact info@sustainability-coalition.org.

Publication date: 22 March, 2022
Authors: Lead author: Andrew O’Connell, Administrator, ASCE Foundation Innovation Action Track leads and contributing authors: Jerry Buckwalter, Chief Innovation Officer, ASCE; Edgar Westerhof, Director for Flood Risk and Resilience North America, Arcadis