We are pleased to announce that Juliet Mian will be speaking at the 2019 Lloyd's Register Foundation International Conference.
Dr Juliet Mian is Technical Director of the Resilience Shift, the global initiative to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure, supported by Lloyd's Register Foundation and hosted by Arup with a diverse range of grantees.
She brings to the panel for Learning from the Past her experience of learning from the past in terms of infrastructure resilience successes and failures, with recent Resilience Shift projects looking at the lessons from the Cape Town water crisis, the Christchurch earthquakes, and the learning from participants in multi-stakeholder hazard simulations.
As an experienced Civil Engineer of over 20 years’ experience working on major projects for Network Rail, Highways England, HS2, the National Infrastructure Commission and many others both in the UK and overseas, Juliet has an in-depth understanding of infrastructure and specialises in the resilience of infrastructure systems.
She believes that one of the simplest reasons for needing to design for resilience is the uncertainty we face. “As engineers planning, designing, operating, maintaining infrastructure, we don’t know everything about the environment that it will have to function in for the next 50 or even 120 years.” - Juliet in "Quality Matters a Lot to Me" on the Resilience Shift website.
Juliet leads the Resilience Shift's programme of activities that aims to contribute to the enhancement of critical infrastructure resilience so that it improves the safety and wellbeing of those it protects, connects and provides for. As well as steering the technical direction of this global change initiative, she is a leading thinker and author on resilience, for a number of publications and journals, including contributing a chapter focused on Climate and Natural Hazard Resilience to the World Bank's comprehensive Urban Rail Development Handbook.
As a civil engineer by training, Juliet’s PhD was in earthquake hazard and risk. In designing facilities that would continue to function under earthquake loading, she was also curious about the wider context of her projects, for example whether local housing, roads and infrastructure were adequate, and whether other hazards were treated consistently. This is how Juliet found herself specialising in infrastructure risk and resilience.
Her main interests lie in helping organisations develop bespoke solutions to achieve greater resilience of their infrastructure networks to both known and unknown hazards, through both preventing failure, and responding and adapting when failure does occur.
Juliet is a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a Chartered Engineer.