The Resilience Resource Library gathers the latest thinking and analysis related to resilience policy, science, strategy, management, implementation, and the range of threats faced by communities around the world in order to help inform and educate students, practitioners, and policymakers. This collection is not exhaustive and is being continually expanded to include information on developing global and domestic security challenges and the latest research on the political, economic and scientific landscape in which 21st century challenges and solutions develop and evolve.

Additions, suggestions, or questions can be sent to globalresilienceinstitute@northeastern.edu.

Organization of Library

Although natural and man-made disruptions often cascade across multiple infrastructure sectors – and these sectors are inherently interdependent – for ease of navigation this library is divided into 15 of the most critical sectors dealt with by resilience researchers, practitioners and policymakers on a daily basis. Based on the material’s scope, some items may be categorized under multiple sectors. Within each sector, the collection is organized by publication date.

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Latest Additions to library


Mar. 2017

Undermining Disaster: Engineering and Epistemological Bias in the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

Sulfikar Amir (Nanyang Technological University), Kohta Juraku (Tokyo Denki University)

Pages: 18

This article explores the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, and the inaccurate assessments made by the engineers prompted by epistemological biases. Initially, the engineers and public believed the situation was not as severe as it appeared, while in reality the situation went beyond what was expected by any of the engineers. “This article specifically probes the concept of robust engineering and the way it is used to overstate the ability of nuclear power systems to withstand external shocks.”


Mar. 2017

Toward Economic Flood Loss Characterization via Hazard Simulation

Jeffrey Czajkowski, Luciana K Cunha, Erwann Michel-Kerjan, and James A. Smith

Pages: 12

Floods are one of the primary causes of human and economic losses around the world. This paper aims to improve flood risk management by better predicting the possible consequences, with a broadly applicable model. The authors present a hydrological model to simulate streamflow for all sizes of bodies of water in order to predict flood magnitude and resultant economic losses.


Feb. 2017

Establishing an IDF Cyber Command

Meir Elran and Gabi Siboni

Pages: 3

This document examines the Israeli government’s decision to establish a military cyber command. It provides insight as to why the structure was reorganized to be more unified instead of split among other commands. It also analyzes the organizational structure of the cyber command, what specific role or actions it might be responsible for, and where that role falls among other cyber agencies.


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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.