...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 Summary for Urban Policymakers

Using climate change science to shape urban policy, and the future of our cities

The Resilience Shift is part of a unique collaboration to co-create a Summary for Urban Policymakers (SUP) that will present the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments in targeted summaries that can help inform action at the city scale. These will be published as a four-volume series over the course of the 2022 calendar year culminating in a report to be released at COP 27.

Watch launch event from COP26

The IPCC is now in its 6th Assessment cycle (IPCC AR6) and is in the process of releasing a series of three reports from its Working Groups on Physical Science, Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, and Mitigation, followed by a Synthesis Report, over 2021-2022.

The SUP will convene IPCC report authors acting in an independent capacity with local government officials, national governments and business communities through a partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy's networks of cities, the Resilience First business network, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) in collaboration with GIZ and led by The Resilience Shift.

City officials, national government representatives and business leaders will also have the opportunity to engage with the AR6 SUP authors, operating in an independent capacity, to explore additional opportunities for collaboration and co-creation – filling gaps in the available city-scale science and advancing solutions at scale across multiple geographies, using the SUP series as the evidence base for action.

The initiative was announced at the Glasgow COP26 climate conference, where several of the world’s leading climate change scientists came together with city and business leaders, global NGOs and national governments to explain how the SUP initiative will develop a companion series, distilling international climate change science for the urban context, and to be authored by a group of these same scientists in collaboration with cities and businesses in every region around the globe.

The launch event at COP26 featured speakers, Seth Schultz, CEO Resilience Shift; Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair Working Group (WG) 1; Debra Roberts, Co-Chair WG II, Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) SUP; Hans Poertner, Co-Chai WG II; Aromar Revi, CLA AR6 WG II, CWT AR6 Synthesis Report; Jim Skea, Co-Chair WG III (tbc); William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, USA; Sharon Thorne, Chair of the Global Board of Directors, Deloitte; and, Vera Rodenhoff, Head of Division at the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Partner testimonials

Follow the SUP

Look out for the first volume in the series of Summary Reports to be published at the World Urban Forum 2022. It will summarise the first IPCC report on the Physical Science Basis of Climate Change, that was published by the IPCC report authors in August 2021.

For more information please contact: amanda.eichel@resilienceshift.org

Launch partners

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a leading urban knowledge institution in the global south. It is India’s first prospective interdisciplinary national university that focuses on its ongoing urban and development transformation. IIHS faculty work on the convergence of research, policy and practice at the intersection of sustainability science, climate science and new urban science.

IIHS has one of the largest concentrations of IPCC authors in a single South Asian institution, with leadership positions in chapters across three major reports over the AR5 and AR6 cycles, and two SR1.5 derivative reports - the Summary for Urban Policymakers and GCF supported Summary for Financial Decision Makers. IIHS faculty have been deeply involved in intergovernmental processes including the framing and negotiation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework and the Paris Climate agreement.

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) is the largest global alliance for city climate leadership, uniting a global coalition of over 11,000 cities and local governments and 100+ supporting partners. The cities and partners of GCoM share a long-term vision of supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and towards a resilient and low-emission society. GCoM serves cities and local governments by mobilizing and supporting ambitious, measurable, planned climate and energy action in their communities by working with city/regional networks, national governments, and other partners to achieve our vision. Led today by UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions Michael R. Bloomberg and European Commission Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, the coalition comprises cities across six continents and 142 countries, representing over one billion people or more than 13% of the global population.

Resilience First is a highly respected business-oriented membership organisation, created by London First and supported by blue-chip Champions and key stakeholders in a cross-section of industry sectors, to advance resilience best practice across urban business communities. Our mission is to build and strengthen business resilience so that our urban communities become more agile and adaptable to overcome future challenges. We are a Race to Resilience partner initiative.

The Resilience Shift was created by two highly respected global firms – Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Arup. As the global hub for resilience, its mission is to help ensure the safety and continuity of the critical infrastructure systems and services that make our lives possible. It is working globally to help define this and provide pathways from theory to practice, as a think tank, a grant-making body, and a convening network. It is one of the three managing partners behind the first ever Resilience Hub at COP26.