...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.

Resilience4Ports: Gateways to a resilient future

In a complex and uncertain world, resilience is essential to the business continuity of ports and the critical infrastructure systems that ports connect. Society needs resilient, low carbon gateways to prosper.

In September 2020, the Resilience Shift launched Resilience4Ports, a collaborative initiative to enhance the resilience of ports. After an extensive scoping exercise, engaging the entire ports value-chain, we are launching the Resilience4Ports phase one report, identifying the trends and transformations affecting the resilience of ports.

Ports are resilience gateways. They serve as critical linkages between global economies, handling nearly 90% of internationally traded goods. Ports also provide value-added services to goods that they handle and act as bases for an array of marine and terrestrial activities. This agglomeration effect means they often act a hub for research and development, for piloting new technologies and for innovation more broadly. As such, their reliability and performance are essential to the flourishing of the economy, and society at large.

In the UK, recent port congestion resulting from Covid-19 and Brexit related stresses, has had far reaching effects beyond the port: from empty bookshops to shutdown car manufacturing. As the world becomes more connected and complex, we will see more stories like this – unless we act now. Ports are facing multiple transformations: towards low carbon, smart logistics hubs that act in harmony with the environment, delivering increased value for communities.

This report describes our case for port resilience – including the key action areas where cross-industry collaboration is required.

Publication date: 10 March, 2021
Authors: Oliver Davey, Mark Button, Amy Leitch