The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, the Department of Homeland Security, and Northeastern University are involved in the Resilience Governance project. The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI)’s Governance Project will provide governance best practices that advance strengthening the resilience of interdependent lifeline infrastructure sectors for major metropolitan regions in the face of human-made and naturally occurring disasters. Beginning with an assessment of the Boston-metro region’s interdependent energy and transport sectors, this project will examine the choices available to and made by state and local governments, owners, and operators of lifeline infrastructure systems that impact the resilience of those systems. The project will extrapolate and articulate improved frameworks, across infrastructures, sectors and jurisdictions, for informing better regional institutional coordination as a key element of enhanced resilience.
This project seeks to identify an appropriate governance framework for advancing resilience that is more comprehensive and effective. The objective is to identify the extent to which the mitigation, response, and recovery plans by infrastructure owners and operators take into account their dependency on other infrastructure sectors, and to identify ways for closing the gaps in the knowledge, authorities, and capabilities that support resilience amongst interdependent infrastructure. To achieve this objective, the project will engage stakeholders via surveys, interviews and workshops. Modeling and visualization tools will be employed to study stakeholder networks and interactions under various scenarios. Analysis of the network and survey results will elucidate the strengths and weaknesses in network structure and identify opportunities for improving governance.