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Global Resilience Research Network

As a global network of researchers and practitioners, the GRRN applies interdisciplinary knowledge to support resilience across scales. Our network focuses on ensuring that societies can better cope with sudden disruptions and responding to disasters occurring anywhere in the world with resources and support aimed at rebuilding more resilient communities and infrastructures. On all continents, the GRRN draws on the expertise of diverse resilience experts to conduct assessments, innovate solutions, and enhance local capacity for resilience.

The Global Resilience Research Network (GRRN) is committed to informing and advancing resilience solutions so that individuals, communities, systems and networks can thrive in the face of acute disturbances - both sudden and slow-moving.

Founded by the Global Resilience Institute (GRI) at Northeastern University in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Ernst-Mach-Institut, GRRN is a membership network of leading universities, institutes, non-profit organizations, and companies engaged in resilience research that informs the development of novel tools and applications.GRRN is made up of members from around the world that share similar interests in interdisciplinary and applied resilience research and derive mutual benefit from:
  • The network’s ability to identify relevant expertise across member institutions to support the creation of collaborative research teams.
  • The network’s support in developing research proposals that are interdisciplinary and have broad geographic scope that potential funders are most interested in supporting.
  • The communications and partnership outreach efforts of the network that elevate the profile of each member’s resilience-related research, events, news, and activities.

The Island Resilience Initiative (IRI) was formed in August 2018 as a network within the Global Resilience Research Network, linking together research centers, non-governmental organizations, institutes and universities in the Antilles and the Bahamas around a shared vision for informing and advancing the preparedness of island peoples and the transformative potential of their societies in the face of mega-storms, rising seas and long-standing structural challenges heightened by global warming and systemic change. Initially forged by researchers from the Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez for Nature and Humanity (Havana, Cuba), the University of the Bahamas, the University of Havana, the University of Puerto Rico, and Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute, IRI has grown to include the University of the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as partners beyond the Caribbean archipelago, including the Autonomous University of Yucatan and the University of Hawaii.

The Island Resilience Initiative creates a community that supports interdisciplinary resilience research across multiple national jurisdictions by facilitating knowledge sharing and capacity building among communities facing similar vulnerabilities and management challenges. Our goal is to build a regional alliance informed by traditional and local practices to develop strategies and new models of cooperation. In this context, IRI’s approach to resilience is not limited to disaster preparedness and reconstruction. We understand massive disruption and dislocation as an opportunity for structural and systemic change. As such, IRI takes a bottom-up, ‘system-of-systems’ approach that recognizes the interdependencies of the built and natural environment and capabilities within civil society. It is animated by a recognition that proposed solutions that focus exclusively on technological and engineering innovation will prove to be insufficient if they fail to address social structures, governance models and resource distribution systems.

A digital platform that enables virtual research collaboration and information sharing among GRRN members. This dedicated online portal is supported by the Global Resilience Institute. Members have access to a robust search tool to browse the profiles of fellow resilience researchers, as well as forums, a digital repository and more. Lynx-Net is a resource to find a diverse array of resilience experts from around the globe.

The Summit provides an opportunity for GRRN members to gather each year to:

  • Showcase the results of their research and educational efforts.
  • Propose collaborative research ideas that would be of potential interest to other GRRN members.
  • Engage directly with practitioners on identifying and prioritizing new research needs and validating applied research results.
  • For further information about this summit and see highlights please visit:
Global Partnerships and Research

Mark Patterson
Chief Technology Officer

Angie Valencia
Assistant Director for External Affairs

Liz Allen
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Jimena Rossell
Graduate Research Assistant

Global Resilience Research Network