...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.

The role of public policy in critical infrastructure resilience

As part of its work on incentivising resilience, the Resilience Shift aims to answer questions on what we think is important in terms of moving the needle for the resilience of critical infrastructure, what we should do, why is it important and how do we put it into practice?

This report is concerned with the role that public policy instruments, like regulation and standards, can play in embedding resilience in critical infrastructure systems. It provides clarity in the use of key terms including ‘public policy’ and ‘policy instruments’ and highlights early innovations in critical infrastructure resilience policy.

The report has been prepared by Dr Svenja Keele, with the assistance of Professor Lars Coenen, City of Melbourne Chair in Resilient Cities, at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne.

The Resilience Shift is delighted to have supported the authors in producing this report. It is an invaluable read for those involved in the planning, design, delivery, operation and maintenance of infrastructure systems, to build understanding of the workings, importance and impact of public policy in improving the resilience of critical infrastructure.

Publication date: 9 April, 2019
Authors: Dr Svenja Keele, Professor Lars Coenen