...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.

Seizing the Urban Opportunity – report launched

COVID-19 and the climate crisis pose significant threats for cities, but they also present an opportunity for them to become more resilient and equitable. National governments must seize this urban opportunity to transform cities for shared prosperity for all.

We were delighted to join our friends at the Coalition for Urban Transitions for the global flagship event and launch of their new report ‘Seizing the Urban Opportunity’. Read the report here.

The event aimed to build momentum for enhanced climate ambition by national governments and other actors ahead of COP26 in Glasgow. National governments today face a triple challenge: recovering successfully from the pandemic, addressing threats posed by climate change and advancing their longer-term development goals. Cities, as economic engines and population hubs, are vital to solving this triple challenge. Urban areas produce 80% of global GDP, and as of 2020, they were home to an estimated 56% of the world’s populace. But COVID-19 exposed our vulnerability to a wide range of shocks, with cities being particularly hard hit. The urban poor, especially, have suffered enormously from the pandemic, climate change and growing inequality.

The new report, Seizing the Urban Opportunity, supported by The Resilience Shift, demonstrates through the lens of six of the world’s largest economies – China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa – how national governments have a central role to play in unlocking the enormous potential of cities. The report, which will fuel much of the discussion, shows how putting cities front and centre in both COVID-19 recovery and longer-term climate action can create jobs, advance key development priorities, and accelerate the shift to net zero

Speakers at the launch included:

  • Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, COP President Designate Video address
  • Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Video address
  • Professor Lord Stern, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute, LSE and Senior Ambassador, Coalition for Urban Transitions
  • Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation and Senior Ambassador, Coalition for Urban Transitions
  • Dr Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute and Co-chair of the Urban Leadership Council, Coalition for Urban Transitions
  • Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities, Co-chair of the Urban Leadership Council, Coalition for Urban Transitions
  • Obed Bapela, Deputy Minister, Department for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Republic of South Africa
  • Wanjira Mathai, Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, WRI
  • Sowmya Parthasarathy, Director, Integrated City Planning, ARUP, representing The Resilience Shift
  • Ani Dasgupta, Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Cities, Global Co-director, Coalition for Urban Transitions
  • Andrea Fernández, Director of Climate Planning, Finance & Partnerships, C40 Cities (Moderator)

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