Contestable funding



In 2017 the Resilience Challenge conducted an open contestable process, inviting proposals for research that would contribute measurable and significant progress towards the Resilience Challenge mission and was aligned to one or more of the existing Challenge programmes. Ideas were encouraged in education and outreach and building active consortia of end-users and researchers, as well as underpinning natural hazards resilience research.


The following are our eight successful contestable funding projects.


 Rural programme

Resilience in Transient Rural Communities

This project is examining and documenting the response and recovery to Kaikōura-Hurunui earthquake from a community perspective, in order to identify community structures that can help foster greater resilience.

Project lead: Prof David Simmons

Host: Lincoln University

 Rural programme

Rural Value Chains

This project sees several methodologies combine to analyse disruptions in complex networks of interdependent rural value chains and how these networks will react in a natural hazard.

Project lead: Dr Carel Bezuidenhout

Host: Scion

 Urban programme

Resilience in Auckland’s South East Asian Communities

This project is working to understand how particular Southeast Asian communities (Cambodian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Philippine, Thai and Vietnamese) identify, conceptualise and prepare for natural hazards in Auckland.

Project lead: Dr Jesse Grayman

Host: The University of Auckland

Mātauranga Māori programme

Tsunami Risk Reduction Activities for Kura Kaupapa Māori

This project is piloting a culturally appropriate educational outreach activity programme for primary school children enrolled at a kura kaupapa Māori.

Project lead: Lucy Carter

Host: Massey University

Edge programme

Managed Retreat

This project is investigating the legal and social implications of changing existing land use in hazard areas.

Project lead: Emily Grace

Host: GNS Science

Infrastructure programme

Electricity Distribution Resilience Framework

This project is developing novel electricity resilience framework, distinct from existing reliability analysis, along with a realistic micro-grid restoration solution, enabled through communication lifelines, following a significant Alpine Fault (AF) earthquake impacting the West Coast of the South Island. The solution would deliver limited electricity for 6-8 weeks using local energy resources. 

Project lead: Assoc Prof Nirmal Nair

Host: The University of Auckland

Economics programme

Flow-on Impacts

This project is developing a transferable method for identifying resilience-enhancing characteristics of local economies and ‘hot spots’ (critical industry sectors and inter-regional links) that amplify the flow-on impacts from natural hazards through the economy.

Project lead: Dr Morag Ayers

Host: Market Economics

Culture programme


This project is assessing the role and contribution of technology in fostering genuine participation and citizen science in strengthening resilience to natural hazards in New Zealand.

Project lead: Dr Loïc Le Dē

Host: Auckland University of Technology