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The Resilience Shift is working with the University of Melbourne to develop common understandings of critical infrastructure policy. 

Differing interpretations of government versus market interventions, or voluntary versus mandatory standards, can challenge conversations between investors, technicians, asset managers and policy makers.

This project will clarify the suite of policy instruments commonly used in infrastructure policy and specify policy challenges unique to critical infrastructure resilience.  The final report will provide important context for all government and private sector interventions supporting critical infrastructure resilience. 

Dr Svenja Keele from the University of Melbourne is leading the project.

Her research seeks new ways to govern complex environmental problems like climate change, urban resilience and energy transitions. She is interested in how states, markets and expertise interact to shape policy and create new frontiers for innovation. Dr Keele has a professional background in environmental consulting and public policy.

The Resilience Shift is also working with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) to examine the influence of the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Regulation in Victoria Australia on infrastructure owner and operators.  The research explores:

  • How the regulation is perceived by infrastructure owners, operators and policy makers
  • How the legislation is affecting organisational practices and why are these effects being realised
  • The capacity for infrastructure owners and operators to respond to the legislation
  • Comparative interpretations and experiences across the value chain and infrastructure types

Outcomes from the research will provide unique insights into the advantages and challenges of regulative policy approaches to achieve critical infrastructure resilience.

Dr Nader Naderpajouh from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)  is leading the project. As an educator, researcher, and consultant, his expertise spans the areas of resilience, systems theory, organisational studies, institutional theory, innovation sciences, and infrastructure management. He has received several awards for his publications, projects, and academic works and he is the RMIT Europe Fellow in 2019. 

The Resilience Shift appoints grantees through a number of different routes and direct awards are used where they are considered more efficient for smaller-scale funding.

See the project page for more information.

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