Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the Global Resilience Institute (GRI) at Northeastern University. This Institute is a university-wide, interdisciplinary initiative committed to advancing the security, sustainability, health and well-being of communities and societies around the world.It serves as both a channel and a catalyst for experts in industry, academia, and government to collaborate on solving the world’s most pressing resilience challenges, from slowly emerging disruptions to sudden disasters, both human made and naturally occurring.The Institute offers a variety of ways for you to engage with us and our work, including as active partners in applied research and education that advances the development and deployment of tools, applications, and policies that bolster individual, community, and societal resilience. GRI also works with an expanding network of local and regional emergency managers and planners to support rapid recovery and adaptation in the aftermath of major disasters, and to help communities retain and share lessons from these catastrophic events.

Northeastern University is unique in making ‘resilience’ a core institutional focus, significantly investing in a comprehensive approach that involves every one of our colleges and prioritizing applied, resilience research across disciplines. Northeastern is committed to providing meaningful leadership by investing so significantly a broad effort to both harness existing research efforts and catalyze new applied research collaborations.

Building resilience within people and communities requires a collaborative effort that matches the complexity associated with systems and networks that are becoming increasingly interdependent. These shared dependencies fuel the risk of cascading failures that effect societies in often unexpected ways. GRI is uniquely suited to meet these complex challenges. As a global resilience research center integrating expertise in science, healthcare, engineering, public policy, and business, GRI forges the multisector connections and interdisciplinary collaborations that are vital to identifying and advancing meaningful solutions.

I encourage you to visit our research page and explore the work currently being funded by GRI. The 11 cross-college projects demonstrate the enthusiasm of Northeastern faculty members from across the university community to engage in the kind of interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration that is indispensable to meeting the urgent resilience challenges of our turbulent times.

Northeastern’s investment in this global imperative could not be more critical or timely. In the months and years to come, we must not only advance tools, applications, and policies to help meet the challenges of today’s world, but we must also help to educate the next generation of resilience leaders to meet the challenges of the future. I invite you to explore our website and to get involved.

We look forward to working with you.



Stephen E. Flynn, Ph.D.

Professor and Founding Director