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Global Resilience Research Network

The Global Resilience Research Network (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. Currently made up of over 33 partners representing 18 different countries, we have over 250 researchers & practitioners. To learn more about the network and how your organization can get involved please reach out to anyone on our team and read further below.

Founded by GRI in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Ernst-Mach-Institut (EMI), the 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.

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 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.

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A digital platform for interdisciplinary and international collaboration that enables sharing of knowledge and resources for developing resilience solutions and tools 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 and practitioners, as well as forums, a digital repository, funding opportunities, and more. Lynx-Net is also a resource to find a diverse array of resilience experts from around the globe.

The goal of the Annual GRRN Summit is to provide a forum where GRRN members can gather each year to learn from renowned thinkers and practitioners, showcase the results of their research and educational efforts, and generate new collaborative research ideas and project teams. The first Annual Summit was hosted by the Global Resilience Institute in Boston, Massachusetts in 2018 and the 2019 summit was hosted by Fraunhofer EMI in April 2019. Please save the date for our 3rd Annual Summit which is scheduled to take place in Melbourne, Australia in November 2020 and will be hosted by the RMIT University. For further information about this summit and to see highlights please visit:

Click here to learn more about our 2018-2019 Program Highlights & Second Annual Summit Overview published in May 2019.

Global Partnerships and Research

Mark Patterson
Chief Technology Officer

Angie Valencia
Associate Director of Operations & Chief of Staff

Liz Allen
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Jimena Rossell
Graduate Research Assistant

Global Resilience Research Network