...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.

Making the connections between water and energy

The highlights of the Cape Town: Day Zero event are captured, while we encourage you to test your resilience to black skies. And we look forward to joining the water community as it gathers in Stockholm.

The Resilience Shift’s work on water resilience is underpinned by our efforts, along with others, to apply the resilience lens to water sector policy and practice. Kicked off last year with a joint letter to the UN, ‘Building a resilient future through water’, that conversation has continued throughout 2018 and into 2019.

At the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)’s World Water Week taking place in the last week of August, this collaborative influence activity continues in a High Level Dialogue session chaired by our friends, SIWI’s Maggie White, and Resilience Shift Ambassador Fred Boltz, who we congratulate on his appointment leading the Global Center for Adaptation’s Water activity. We’ll be there in Stockholm with our many collaborators, hosting and participating in numerous events and workshops. We hope to meet with many from the water community there so do come along to say hello.

The Resilience Shift portfolio of work on water resilience includes work to develop a common understanding of what resilience is, and that has been informed by our partners’ research and fieldwork capturing the experiences of cities worldwide to inform the City Water Resilience Approach and the OurWater tool. We have also distilled learning from the Cape Town Drought Response Learning Initiative into a learning resource to be piloted this autumn. To initiate this partnership we hosted an event in London with a screening, followed by panel discussion and Q&A.

As well as thinking about how to do water resilience better using our pioneering end to end multi-stakeholder approach, we’ve also been looking at what the water sector is doing currently in terms of best and pioneering practice. Industry interviews provided a wide range of proven action taken by organisations, public and private, to enhance resilience. This learning is published as a resilience primer for the potable water sector and aims to incentive others through this clear evidence of benefit and effectiveness. Tracy Hatton and Resilient Organisations collaborated on this with us and Tracy is interviewed here about the development of this primer and the insight they gained while conducting the research.

Water is inextricably linked with the energy sector, with much of the water system dependent on power to operate.

The all sector global resilience exercise EARTH EX starts on 21 August 2019, and you can register now to prepare your organisation and your family for a ‘black sky’ event. Black sky events take place relatively frequently around the globe, locally, at a city level, nationally and sometimes multi-nationally. Causes of failure vary, as with all infrastructure resilience, but the potential impact of a major power outage and the consequent cascading failures are not to be underestimated.

The Resilience Shift has found this methodology to be very valuable to help different sectors learn how to be more resilient to such hazards and to build a common understanding of interdependencies. Our two workshops using this in early 2019 resulted in a report on the use of multi-stakeholder scenarios to build resilience. Now you can play the exercise directly. This trailor from the team at EARTH EX explains all.

Another in our suite of resilience primers has explored what the electric utilities sector is doing currently in terms of best and pioneering practice and with the aim of understanding what can incentivise a change in practice. In collaboration with Wood, this resilience primer is now available to download here.

Finally, Jo da Silva, Acting Director of the Resilience Shift, was interviewed along with other experts for an essay written by the Economist Intelligence Unit and supported by UNOPS.

The essay concludes, “The need to build resilient and sustainable infrastructure is urgent.”

“Climate change is already disrupting life on the planet, something that is unlikely to change even if the world manages to achieve its climate goals. In the face of increasing risks to communities and their environments, resilient infrastructure will play a key role in shoring up energy and water systems and ensuring that communities can survive shocks and recover from them more quickly. In doing so, infrastructure is not just a means of delivering services; it is a critical enabler and guardian of sustainable development.”


Things we like this month:

Open Data Institute has published its #ODIFridays lunchtime lecture on Apple Podcasts. https://hubs.ly/H0jSTqf0

The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank says that “Projects funded through the Infrastructure Bank save municipalities more than they cost, and therefore allow communities to make investments at no additional cost to taxpayers.”  See this example.

A recent report from  the UK’s ITRC and Risk Cambridge  says “cascading failures” across telecoms, water supply, waste-water and rail infrastructure would be created by a #power disruption caused by a cyberattack on substation infrastructure – via @smartenergytv

And congratulations to Áine Ní Bhreasail awarded Royal Academy of Engineering Young Engineer of the Year. She is a core part of the Resilience Shift team, working on tools and approaches and our education research. https://lnkd.in/gxs4-W3

More congratulations to Dr Juliet Mian, our Technical Director, and to Professor Dr Jim Hall, who were appointed as the first two Resilience Fellows of the 4TU.DeSIRE program and the 4TU.RE Center’s aim to establish and foster an international network of top-level academic scholars, engineers, practitioners and decision-makers to serve as ambassadors of the RE paradigm and grow into a network of Resilience Fellows.

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