Recovery, renewal, resilience developing guidance for local resilience

In January 2021, researchers from the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute joined colleagues from Alliance Manchester Business School to launch the 'Recovery, renewal, resilience: Developing guidance for local resilience' project.

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The project takes a systems approach to Recovery and Renewal from COVID-19 to build Resilience and will develop a new framework which supports Resilience partners as they design Recovery Strategies that will reinstate local preparedness for future emergencies. The framework also supports those who design Renewal Initiatives that strive to deliver major transformations of local Resilience.

The framework is being developed through extensive partnership working with local governments and has led to an international standard (ISO 22393) on Recovery and Renewal for Resilience. Our framework, partnership working, and ISO 22393 aim to make a difference in the aftermath of COVID-19.

Since April 2020, researchers from both HCRI and AMBS have been working together on ‘the Manchester Briefing on COVID-19’, a fortnightly document that brings together international lessons which may prompt thinking on Recovery and Renewal from COVID-19.

The Manchester Briefing is distributed to over 50,000 through a network of partners and is core to our engagement with the Resilient Cities Network which disseminates it to its 4,000 cities.

This research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), as part of UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to COVID-19 (Project number: ES/V015346/1), by The University of Manchester, and partners.

Project objectives

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Concentrating on local government, the project develops a new framework to design and implement transactional Recovery Strategies that prepare for future emergencies and ambitious Renewal Initiatives that facilitate major transformation of local Resilience. The framework will:

  • Take a whole system approach to Recovery and Renewal (from community to national)
  • Explore how to manage the changes in people, places and processes that is needed
  • Address short-term, transactional Recovery as well as longer-term, transformational Renewal
  • Complement existing guidance and Resilience standards and lead to an international standard (ISO22393: Guidelines for planning Recovery and Renewal).

The team

  • Professor Duncan Shaw, Professor of Operations and Critical Systems, AMBS/HCRI
  • Róisín Jordan, Project Coordinator, UoM
  • David Powell, Principal Advisor in Recovery, Renewal, Resilience, HCRI
  • Dr Nat O’Grady, Lecturer in Human Geography and Disaster, HCRI
  • Professor Mandy Turner, Professor of Conflict, Peace and Humanitarian Affairs, HCRI
  • Dr Simos Chari, Senior Lecturer in Marketing Management & Strategy, AMBS
  • Dr Judy Scully, Senior Lecturer in Work and Organisation, Aston University
  • Dr Jenny Moreno, Assistant Professor, University of Concepcion, Chile
  • Dr Ayham Fattoum, Lecturer of Management Studies and Operational Disaster Management, HCRI
  • Dr Szymon Parzniewski, Research Associate in Recovery, Renewal, Resilience, UoM
  • Dr Ilma Chowdury, Lecturer in Marketing, AMBS
  • Dr Andrew McClelland, Research Associate in Recovery, Renewal, Resilience, UoM
  • Dr Alan Boyd, Research Fellow in Healthcare and Public Sector Management, AMBS
  • Dr Gemma Sou, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
  • Dr Magda Hassan, Assistant Professor in Marketing, AMBS
  • Dr Billy Tusker Haworth, Lecturer in Disaster Management, HCRI


Local resilience partners for recovery and renewal

  • Essex Resilience Forum, England
  • Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum, England
  • Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum, England
  • Greater Manchester Resilience Forum, England
  • Clydesdale Covid Co-ordination Group, Scotland: Organisations within this partnership include: Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill Resilience Group; Health Valleys, Lanark; Biggar Community Action Group.
  • City of Vancouver, Canada
  • Resilient Cities Network
  • Ramallah City, Palestine
  • Talcahuano, Chile
  • British Standards Institute
  • International Standards Organization
  • Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College
  • Emergency Planning Society
  • The International Association of Emergency Managers
  • Creative crisis leadership
  • Local Government Association

The Manchester Briefing distribution partners

  • Resilient Cities Network
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
  • Home Office
  • Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR)
  • The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR)
  • Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership (VCSEP)
  • Centre for Crisis Studies and Mitigation
  • National Academy of Public Administration
  • Business in The Community (BiTC)
  • The National Preparedness Commission
  • Resilience First

Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitment

The project has recently been recognised by UNDRR (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction), joining the global Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments initiative for disaster risk reduction. The framework provides specific encouragement to academic, scientific, and research entities in regards to their contribution to disaster risk reduction.


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