City Resilience - Standard Development

Engagement activity

As you may know, BSI (with the support of BEIS) is carrying out stakeholder engagement work for the development of a city resilience guidance standard to allow city leaders and senior managers to appreciate its strategic value and take steps, appropriate to their local context, to build greater levels of resilience.

The scope is broad and the focus is strategic – this is not about community, business, infrastructure, energy or transport resilience in isolation, nor is the concern with individual risks and challenges such as flooding, terrorism, cyber-attacks or climate change. Rather, we are considering how city leaders and other stakeholders, across the public, private and voluntary sectors, can co-ordinate and collaborate to ‘join the dots’ between activities that have a bearing on a city’s resilience.

This work is not ‘competing’ for attention with city resilience frameworks from, for example, the Rockefeller Foundation or the UNISDR, or with individual and specific city frameworks, rather it will be a concise and complementary resource, aimed at those with executive and head-of-profession leadership roles in cities across the UK that seek to become more highly resilient.


Information and updates

From this site page, you will find links to the work that has been carried out to date:

  • the pre-proposal discussion report (“The Bones of a White Paper”);
  • information about the workshops
  • notes from the workshops
  • and news about further engagement activity (eg filmed webinar in early 2017 – news to follow shortly)

All links and downloadable documents can be found in the right hand column.



The workshops are/have been taking place between October 2016 and February 2017: the drafting of the standard commences in early 2017 and the output from the workshops will be incorporated into the standard.

A wider public consultation for the standard is expected towards the summer of 2017. There will be further launch activity end 2017/early 2018.

There is still one free stakeholder workshop due to take place (in Belfast), to share perspectives and experience and help shape the future of city resilience.