Project information

The RBOC (Resilience Beyond Observed Capabilities) Network Plus will create new knowledge, new capabilities and new opportunities for collaboration to help the UK prepare for security threats in the coming decades. The starting point is a scenario of a catastrophic attack on digital and energy networks in the year 2051. RBOC N+ will convene some of the UK's leading experts in engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, health sciences, social and behavioural sciences, arts and humanities, and cross-disciplinary topics such as AI, security studies and urban planning, together with government and industry, to refine, deepen and test this scenario and to use it to create immersive simulations   

The RBOC Network Plus is funded by EPSRC and DST (EPSRC EP/X009947/1)

Our Objectives


In responding to the scenario, the RBOC Network+ will investigate what capabilities, techniques and vulnerabilities could be exploited by adversaries to mount high-impact attacks against the UK, and what capabilities (technological, organisational, legal and behavioural) could be used by public authorities (central government, local authorities, first responders) to prepare for and respond to such attacks.


To develop, accelerate and apply these capabilities to prepare for, respond to, recover, and mitigate threats, the N+ will lead and facilitate the production of original research using novel combinations of disciplines and methods, and build new relationships between researchers and policy makers and practitioners in government and industry. It will also develop a ‘safe-space’ simulator for modelling the scenario with outputs providing insight to policy and practice implications, impacts and research gaps.


RBOC’s research and networks will initiate and facilitate the creation of new understanding and capabilities for government and industry to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the impacts of major attacks from hostile actors.

Meet our Management Team

Professor David McIlhatton

Director of RBOC Network+ - Coventry University

Professor Emma Barrett

Co-Director - University of Manchester

Professor Mark Levine

Co-Director - Lancaster University

Professor Joan Condell

Co-Director - Ulster University

Professor Duncan Shaw

Co-Director - University of Manchester

Professor Martin Innes

Co-Director - Cardiff University

Dr Nuno Pinto

Co-Director - University of Manchester

Professor Elena Gaura

Director of Future Leaders Forum - Coventry University

Professor Rachel Monaghan

Early Career Researcher Lead - Coventry University

Professor Andrew Glazzard

Co-Director - Coventry University

Project Partners

Project Partners

The RBOC Newtork+ is supported by Ten Project Partners that cover a diverse range of skills, disciplines and sectors. These include:

BAE Systems |Ordnance Survey |Whitespace |Cambridge Consultants |PA Consulting |Improbable Defence |International Leadership Association |Greater Manchester Combined Authority | Lancashire County Council | Sprite Plus | EnergyREV


Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board is an integral part of the strategic direction and success of the RBOC Network+ 

The Community Advisory Board is designed to provide strategic guidance to the RBOC Network+ Director and the wider Management Team with activities related to:

  • Ensuring that the RBOC Network+ makes a significant contribution to enhancing the relationship between academia, policy and practice in areas of future resilience
  • Providing strategic direction and guidance on the topics that are commissioned through the Flexible Research Funding
  • Enhancing and Promoting the RBOC Network+  


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