Untangling the complexities of resilience

Building resilience is complex. We like to tackle “wicked” problems with complex interactions, competing objectives, and tangled webs of causes and effect.


Our team collaborates with experts across research and industry to design and deliver research that can make a practical difference to the resilience of organisations and communities.

Our research philosophy

To solve complex problems we believe in working collaboratively in trans-disciplinary teams using robust methods and delivering high quality usable outputs.

Supporting research students

We are excited by new research.

We have a group of PhD students working alongside our team of vibrant researchers.

Our lead researchers supervise PhD students and work with them to develop their research focus and approach so that it fills a critical knowledge gap.

Measuring the economics of resilient infrastructure

This project, funded by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has created an integrated spatial decision support tool to quantify the economic impacts of infrastructure outages.  

The MERIT tool allows organisations to quantify the economic impact of infrastructure failure from both natural hazards and infrastructure-only events, and explore alternative mitigation, adaptation and recovery strategies. It gives a  high-resolution assessment across space and through time of the economic consequences of infrastructure failure, business response, and recovery options.

This project is a collaboration between GNS Science, Market Economics and Resilient Organisations.

Resilience to Nature's Challenge
Resilience to Nature's Challenge

Part of the government-funded National Science Challenges, this programme seeks to pursue a goal of transformative resilience, discovering and implementing new research-based solutions for our society, culture, infrastructure and governance to address factors that will enable New Zealand to thrive in the face of challenges from nature. 

Joanne Stevenson and John Vargo co-lead the Trajectories programme developing a prototype “Resilience Warrant of Fitness” system; an expandable suite of resilience indicators that measure “all of community” resilience via a multi-capital model.


QuakeCoRE is a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) focusing on earthquake resilience, funded by the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission. 

The ResOrgs team have been involved with QuakeCoRE since its inception in 2015. Erica Seville is a Principal Investigator with QuakeCoRe.

We are have undertaken projects including:

Tracy Hatton, Resilient Organisations

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