This content was originally published on The Resilience Shift website. The Resilience Shift, a 5-year programme supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation and hosted by Arup, transitioned at the end of 2021 to become Resilience Rising. You can read more about The Resilience Shift’s journey and the transition to Resilience Rising here.

Research opportunity for the logistics sector (with a focus on retail and food supply chains)

As part of our work to explore the dependence of global supply chains on critical infrastructure resilience, we are holding industry workshops to help us understand the challenges and opportunities for change.

The Resilience Shift has partnered with the team at Arup Logistics who initially conducted research into the UK supply chain landscape during 2018. This report, jointly authored with Jonathan Han (University of Manchester) will be published shortly.

The Resilience Shift aims to build on this research by investigating these inter-dependencies at a global scale and in particular exploring the relationship between the resilience of the critical infrastructure, and the dependency on it of our global supply chains.

We are seeking input and further collaboration from those working in the logistics sector or whose businesses are dependent on global supply chains. We are particularly interested in the views of retail and food logistics providers and customers, freight forwarders and transport operators, as well as supporting organisations/associations and specialist research institutions in this sector.


To contribute to this work:


An online survey is available to enable all those with experience and opinions to share them to contribute to our research. Please share this link with interested colleagues world-wide.


You can also register an interest in attending one of our worldwide workshops, with an initial pilot on 6 February in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Workshops are planned for:

  • Manchester, UK – 6 February 2019 (3-5.30 pm). More.
  • New York, USA – 27 February 2019. More.
  • Johannesburg, South Africa – 13 March 2019. More.
  • Brisbane, Australia – 20 March 2019. More.
  • San Francisco, USA – 21 March 2019. More.
  • Madrid, Spain – 26 March 2019. More.
  • Hong Kong, Greater China – 11 April 2019. More.

This work is the next stage from our initial scoping research into ports and logistics at the Resilience Shift round-table event on ports that took place in November 2018. The event summary report and conclusions are published here.

To find out more or get in touch with the team, please see our Global Supply Chains project page or email

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