Infrastructure Systems Institute


Engineering resilience in infrastructure systems

Organising engineered systems to mitigate impact and speed the recovery of disruptions, using appropriate methods, techniques, and perspectives.

Current projects

Tomorrow’s Cities Urban Disaster Risk Hub

Vietnam flooding

Tomorrow’s Cities is the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Urban Disaster Risk Hub – a five-year global interdisciplinary research hub. Our aim is to catalyse a transition from crisis management to multi-hazard risk-informed planning and decision-making, for cities in low-and-middle income countries.

Visit the Tomorrow's Cities website for more information on the project.


Irrigation system

The Multi-hazard and Resilient-informed system for Enhanced Local and Regional Disaster risk management (MEDiate) project will contribute to enhanced assessment of disaster risks and to improved disaster risk management and governance.

More information on MEDiate is available on the MEDiate LinkedIn group.

Innovative Assessment Tools for multi-hazard disaster-resilient infrastructure in tomorrow’s cities of the Global South 

The Global South Map

The need for practice-oriented disaster resilience engineering assessment tools is an increasingly critical global issue as the climate changes, human populations grow across expanding urban landscapes, and physical infrastructure becomes ever more interconnected. While a plethora of disaster resilience frameworks have been proposed in the literature, most (if not all) (1) fail to explicitly assess resilience from a dynamic, forward-looking perspective; (2) adopt a single-hazard (siloed) approach to disaster resilience assessment; and (3) focus on the challenge of achieving disaster resilience in the context of developed countries only. This project, funded by UCL Global Engagement Funds, which is a collaboration between UCL and IIT Bombay, will lay the foundations of a robust research collaboration that aims to address these limitations of the state of the art in disaster resilience research for years to come.   


India disaster Management training

A clear absence of appropriately trained professionals in the field of disaster resilience engineering has been identified in India. DREEM (Disaster Resilience Engineering Education, for a ProMising Future) - which is a collaboration between UCL and IIT Bombay - addresses this crucial gap, by developing a course for engineering professionals, faculty, and students on state-of-the-art transdisciplinary tools to design disaster-resilient infrastructure. 



FutureDams project

FutureDAMS research brings together innovative climate and hydrological science, engineering, economic, political-science and social analytical methods to understand and improve the planning and governance of water-energy-food environment (WEFE) systems.
The decision-making framework and integrated assessment toolset, facilitates accessible, transparent and robust system planning, supported by an interdisciplinary knowledge base of cutting edge research. 
The research has been co-developed with partners across Africa, Asia and the Middle-East.

Visit the FutureDams website for more information on the project.


Past projects

Stepping Up

ABM for innovation at the water, energy and food nexus

Current systems of water, energy and food provision are unsustainable and the decisions made in each sector, though often arising independently, have implications for sustainability in each of the others. Stepping Up undertook research to understand the processes, implications and challenges of scaling up nexus-innovations to achieve transformational change at different scales.

More information on STEPPING UP.


Complex systems methods for engineering resilience.

Identifying, developing and disseminating new methods to improve the resilience and sustainable long-term performance of complex engineered systems.

More information on ENCORE.