Resilience Shift round-table: The role of professional groups and institutions in building resilience

A round-table meeting for professional groups and institutions associated with development of the built environment was held in Cambridge, United Kingdom on 28–29 November 2019. The premise was to establish ways that professional institutions and associations can work together to accelerate change in how resilient infrastructure is delivered in practice.

Many ideas emerging from the discussion suggest a direction where the Resilience Shift becomes an organisation to convene and support other institutions. This does not mean that it always needs to be the lead organisation on the initiatives it supports.

“As for the infrastructure system as a whole, there is perhaps a need to take a systems approach to Resilience Shift, and understand how the combination of policy, industry and profession interventions might work synergistically together.” Participant reflection

There is clear agreement on the need for communication and collaboration within and between professional institutions and industry associations. This is not surprising given the intended purpose of the round-table, but the genuine desire to support this was reinforced.

There is an opportunity for industry institutions to advance resilience competency through education, qualification, and membership. Other industry associations could similarly advocate for and promote resilience competency throughout their membership. Evidence of related activity already underway was provided by the organisations represented at the round-table.

Highlights of this activity are captured in this report.


Publication date: 25 February, 2020
Authors: Guthrie, P., and MacAskill, K. (February 2020). Cambridge University and Resilience Shift, UK.