Untangling the complexities of resilience

Building resilience is complex. Some might even call it a “wicked” problem with complex interactions, tangled webs of causes and effect and no definitive right answers. We take on these challenges.
Our team collaborates with experts across research and industry to design and deliver research that can make a practical difference to resilience building initiatives.

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.

Each year we invite people from all walks of life to apply to our PhD programme. This is an opportunity to work alongside our team of vibrant researchers.

Our lead researchers supervise successful applicants and work with them to develop their research focus and approach so that it fills a critical knowledge gap. We also work with students to apply for funding for their studies.

Examples of our work


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

Erica Seville leads the Flagship 5 research programme focusing on how we decide where to invest our limited resources to most effectively improve New Zealand’s resilience to earthquakes.  Together with Tracy Hatton and Saree Lawler, projects that explore decision making under deep uncertainty and the broad array of interventions available to increase resilience are currently in progress.

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 tool, called MERIT allows organisations to quantify the economic implications of vulnerabilities to infrastructure failure from both natural hazards and infrastructure-only events, and explore alternative infrastructure-related mitigation, adaptation and recovery strategies.

The tool enables 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 which is producing a prototype “Resilience Warrant of Fitness” system; an expandable suite of resilience indicators that measure “all of community” resilience via a multi-capital model.

How can we help?

Contact one of our resilience experts below or send us an email for a free no-obligation chat about your resilience research project and how we can help.

Tracy Hatton, Senior Research Consultant, Resilient Organisations Ltd

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