The risk systemicity questionnaire: using causal risk mapping to support resilience building in cities

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


The resilience of cities has become a matter of concern around the world. EU interest in this topic has led to the EU Commission funding a number of projects in this area, one of which is the Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) project. This is a 3 year project involving 13 partners, including 4 academic institutions and 7 EU cities. The project aims to develop a number of new tools to support cities in becoming more resilient. One of these tools is the Risk Systemicity Questionnaire (RSQ). Traditional risk assessment tools only consider risks as independent events, however research has shown that when risks combine with one another the impact can be severe. Therefore, the RSQ focusses on risk scenarios which are complex networks of risk consequences. The development of the tool involved group workshops with representatives from 7 EU cities. Causal risk mapping was used to bring together the differing perspectives of the cities with respect to the risks that are of most concern to them, how these risks impact one another and their complex consequences. The resulting network of risks was then represented as a series of interacting risk scenarios in a tool created in Excel. Users of the tool are asked to consider whether these risk scenarios are of concern to their city and their responses lead to an evaluation of the highest risk areas. The tool has been implemented in 3 cities and in each case has been used as a prompt for facilitating a directed conversation regarding risk systemicity and thus highlighting risk areas that require most attention by the city.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017
EventOperational Research Society Conference - Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Sept 201714 Sept 2017


ConferenceOperational Research Society Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • risk systemicity questionnaire
  • causal risk mapping
  • resilience building
  • cities


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