Resilience in Practice Model


Dr Julia Becker

Programme Co-Leader

Massey University


Dr Nick Cradock-Henry

Programme Co-Leader

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research



There is an urgent need to safeguard Aotearoa-New Zealand’s wellbeing and prosperity into the future. To do so, new knowledge is required to enhance capability and capacity for absorbing shocks, preparing for, coping with, adapting and potentially transforming in the face of natural hazards and other stressors; and turning knowledge about risks, shocks, trajectories and opportunities into practical solutions.

The Resilience in Practice Model (RPM) is a five-year research-to-action programme that brings together leading researchers, stakeholders and co-creation partners and a new generation of resilience scientists to advance the scientific understanding of resilience in New Zealand, apply conclusions towards solutions and deliver resilience outcomes for the nation. 



De-risking resilience

Mitigating natural hazards risks can bring institutional, professional, economic and political risks. The practical need to manage these can result in maintenance of the ‘status quo’ which effectively transfers often considerable risks from the state and private sector, to people, places, and future generations. This project will extend current international knowledge on the science-policy-practice interface and assist the potential of resilience science, tools, and policies from multiple areas across the challenge to have real-world impact.

Project lead: Prof Iain White (Waikato University)


Building Resilient Futures

The multifaceted dynamics of disaster risk and resilience present significant challenges to decision makers and practitioners tasked with readiness, response and recovery. The future is uncertain, however there are limited tools for grappling with that uncertainty, and few opportunities for exploring the range of possible outcomes for a given emergency situation. New tools, processes and guidance are needed to learn from past events as well as allow for closer and more robust consideration of the future, to enhance preparedness to a range of possible outcomes across the diverse populations of Aotearoa. This research aim applies a ‘futures’ lens to emergency management, focusing on communicating and preparing for future risk, and planning for recovery.

Project lead: Dr Julia Becker (Massey University)


Enhancing Resilience and Wellbeing

Social-ecological systems takes a holistic view of the relationship between society and the life-supporting ecosystems on which human wellbeing ultimately depends. Enhancing everyday well-being and resilience – socially, ecologically, and culturally – can increase our capacity to ‘bounce back’ from immediate shocks and realise the potential for change. Using a range of innovative methodologies to engage with diverse communities and contexts, this project will explore the relationships between social and ecological systems; the geographical, cultural, personal and professional identities bound up in these linked systems; and the perspectives and lived experiences of different communities to promote resilience across disaster life cycles.

Project lead: Dr Nick Cradock-Henry (Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research)

Charting risk governance trends  

How does a nation change its perception of natural hazard risks over long time periods?  What legacies do previous eras and approaches exert when trying to govern climate change? New research from Prof Iain White and Dr Judy Lawrence explores this theme. 



Tsunami preparedness in Orewa  

A team of Resilience Challenge researchers worked with Rotary in Orewa, the most exposed community to tsunami in the Auckland region, to support a citizen science initiative focused on tsunami risk. The initiative sought active participation from schools, families and the wider community. 


Opportunities for early warning systems  

Dr Marion Tan and Sara Harrison reviewed emerging technology and trends for early warning systems in a paper presented to the Information Systems and Crisis Response and Management 2020 International Conference. Marion and Sara summarise their research for us, and the promising research activities that flow from it.

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Perceptions of earthquake risk in Wellington  

Research from Lauren Vinnell, published in a special edition of the Australasian Journal of Trauma and Disaster Studies, explores the impact of the Kaikōura earthquake on Wellingtonians’ support for legislation to strengthen earthquake-prone buildings. 

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