A two-year UKCR project has been developing standards for climate services and ways to value and monitor climate services. ‘Climate Services, Standards and Value‘, led by JBA Consulting and including specialists from Climate Sense and...
Wednesday 8 July 12.00-13.00
Speakers: Dr Kate Lonsdale, UK Climate Resilience Champion, and Tom Hughes, Senior Policy Advisor, National Infrastructure Commission
Abstract: Resilience is an intuitively attractive concept that is now frequently aspired to in a wide range of settings from the psychological well-being of individuals, the robustness of engineered structures, supply chain security and the response capacity of communities to flooding, to name but a few. Despite its popularity, the term has limitations. Academic literature has focused on definitions and theories of resilience and less on how it has been (or might be) applied, measured or evaluated. There is a lack of consensus over key concepts and a potential for vagueness that makes translation to practice problematic. The National Infrastructure Commission has recently completed a review of resilience of infrastructure systems in the UK. As well as recommendations to government, the review also provides a framework for resilient infrastructure, building on six key aspects of resilience: anticipate, resist, absorb, recover, adapt and transform.
As the UK Climate Resilience Programme we are interested in the use of the term in relation to climate change. Recent work suggests it may be more useful to see climate resilience not as something we need to define universally but as something that arises through interactions between the people, organisations, policies and structures in a given situation and over time. Given the frequent use of the term in current policy documents this is a timely opportunity for critical reflection on the concept of resilience and how it can be achieved in practice in the UK.
Kate Lonsdale (UK Climate Resilience Champion) will share the findings from a small scoping study undertaken for the UK Climate Resilience Programme with funding from University of Leeds on the term ‘climate resilience’ and how easy it is to put it into practice.
Tom Hughes will introduce the recent review of NIC on resilient infrastructure, specifically their framework for resilience, findings from their systems mapping study (with Arup) and how approaches can vary across sectors, as well as recommendations to government and infrastructure providers. Tom Hughes is a Senior Policy Adviser at the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), working on the Commission’s resilience study and a number of transport projects. Before joining the NIC, Tom worked at HM Treasury in a number of roles, most recently covering devolution and EU exit policy.
News & Events
Last updated November 2022
Here are the latest news articles and events from the UK Climate Resilience Programme.
Recommendations for the UK National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS) have been published by the UK Climate Resilience Programme. The report is the culmination of 18 months of work engaging with over 80 individuals from...
The SPF UK Climate Resilience Programme hosted its Showcase event at the University of Hull in collaboration with the Met Office and UKRI on 10-11 October 2022. The event brought together leading practitioners and researchers...
A damning report from MPs says the Government needs to do more to protect critical national infrastructure in the UK from being disrupted by extreme weather. The MPs – who appointed Suraje Dessai, Professor of...