What is the Global Resilience Institute?

The Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University is leading a university-wide interdisciplinary effort to advance resilience-related initiatives that contribute to the security, sustainability, health and well-being of societies.  The research and educational mission of the Global Resilience Institute is to develop and deploy practical and innovative tools, applications, and skills to facilitate social and technical changes that strengthen the capacity of individuals, communities, systems and networks to adapt to an increasingly turbulent world.  Our objective is to help advance preparedness at multiple levels to effectively respond to slowly emerging disruptions and sudden disasters, both human-made and naturally-occurring.

The Global Resilience Institute accomplishes this by facilitating new interdisciplinary research collaborations; working in close partnership with industry, government, communities, and non-governmental organizations; and engaging in external outreach to inform and empower bottom-up efforts that contribute to individual and collective resilience.



Defining Resilience

Resilience is the ability to prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions. Resilience includes the ability to withstand and recover from deliberate attacks, accidents, or naturally occurring threats or incidents.

— U.S. Presidential Policy Directive 21 (2013)


 Why does the Global Resilience Institute matter?

Safeguarding societal well-being and prosperity in the face of growing threats and turbulence depends on our individual and collective efforts to enhance resilience. However, both experience and data suggest that we are not undertaking effective efforts to make this happen. This is due to five critical barriers:

  1. There is a very limited understanding of how to manage the risk of cascading failures associated with complex interdependent systems at multiple levels;
  2. There is a limited understanding for how to embed resilience into systems, networks, and infrastructure;
  3. There are pervasive economic disincentives for investing in resilience;
  4. There are inadequate governance frameworks and policy guidance to foster resilience; and
  5. There is a lack of adequate training and education to support the development and implementation of more comprehensive capabilities for advancing resilience.

Successfully leading efforts to concurrently surmount these five barriers requires multi- and interdisciplinary-research, close coordination and collaboration with public and private sector practitioners, and developing new experiential education programs that will help prepare our future public and private sector leaders.

The Global Resilience Institute is organizing and leading external partnerships with the world’s top universities and research centers who share a common commitment to undertaking resilience-related research and education, as well as with national laboratories, public agencies, foundations, corporations, and non-governmental organizations.

Get Involved

Northeastern University faculty interested in learning more about the GRI seed grant funding program, please click here.

Anyone who wants to learn more about GRI and how you can get involved can email us by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

  1. Coastal Resilience Conference-Old Dominion
    June 26 - June 28

  2. Wildfires: A Changing Landscape
    June 29 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

  3. NCS4 Conference & Expo in Orlando
    July 11 - July 13

Our Mission

The Global Resilience Institute is committed to informing and advancing societal resilience around the world. Individuals, communities, nations, and the systems they depend upon, can thrive only if they have the means to better withstand, recover from and adapt to the inevitable shocks and disruptive events of the 21st century. Our university-wide Institute is partnering with other leading academic research institutions, nonprofits and the public and private sectors to devise and apply practical, interdisciplinary innovations and solutions to resilience challenges.