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Email: irdr-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 02031081101

Ext: 51101

Office location: Rm 38, 2nd floor, South Wing, UCL Main Quadrangle

IRDR Professional Development Short Courses

The Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction provides Continuing Professional Development short courses.

Risk and resilience in the Face of Disasters: Prepare and Protect Your Business

IRDR professional short course, 20th June 2017

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Summary: 

This one-day course will help your business or organisation to prepare for a major disruptive incident, e.g. a flood, structural damage, or terrorist attack.

Registration:

Register via the Lifelong Learning website here.

Course Overview:

Your business, wherever it is based, is facing a growing likelihood of interruption in services and activities due to an increase in natural and man-made disasters (such as floods and terrorist attacks). Do you understand the nature of these risks and how to make your business more resilient? How do you plan for emergencies? Do you know how to continue your service and protect your business reputation?

This course is based on the latest research and academic advances on understanding disaster risk, resilience and business continuity. It will enable you to prepare your business or organisation for a major disruptive incident and ensure its survival in the immediate aftermath of such incidents. You will learn from world leading researchers who are experienced in advising national and international organisations on how to be resilient.

You will have an opportunity in the course to learn from real case studies. You will also have an opportunity to analyse and plan for a real case that can inform your specific business needs. The workshop creates a perfect platform for networking and informal discussions.

The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) brings together a wealth of knowledge and expertise from across the university, and through research, teaching, public engagement and knowledge exchange, aims to improve the understanding of risk and overcome the barriers to increasing resilience to disasters. At IRDR Enterprise we’re motivated by our passion for bridging the gap between practice and academia.

The multidisciplinary nature of disaster risk affects a range of industry sectors in both private and public organisations. This short course addresses the global challenge and emerging international focus on risk and its multifaceted nature; cutting-edge solutions to reducing risk in disastrous situations; and how to increase resilience across the world.

Course Content Overview:

During this course we will cover:

- The changing nature of disaster risk and its interconnected impacts on businesses

- Practical meaning of business resilience and its position in disaster response

- How to prepare businesses for emergencies and post disaster recovery, including continuity and emergency planning

Overview of the course programme:

  • Introduction, the course layout
  • Lecture and discussion: Linking business resilience, disaster response and recovery
  • Lecture and discussion: Understanding multidimensional hazards, disasters and cascading risk
  • Lecture and discussion: Business oriented risk and crisis planning
  • Resilience and business continuity management
  • Case study presentation: How to enhance business resilience
  • Resilience Exercise: applying what you have learned to specific business needs of a case
  • Drinks reception and networking

This course is ideal for:

  • Small and medium business owners
  • Senior level executives
  • Senior level managers
  • Line managers
  • Operational team leaders
  • Local council professionals involved in developing and enforcing policies

Although the course takes place in London and will look at some issues directly affecting local businesses, the course will benefit businesses from further afield.

Entry requirements and prerequisites:

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however you must have practical experience in businesses and organisations that provide goods and services to people.

We strongly advise you come prepared to discuss issues or examples from within your own organisation so you can benefit from the Resilience Exercise.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Familiarise yourself with notions of risk and its multifaceted nature in the case of a disastrous situation after a natural or man made disaster
  • Identify risks to your business and how to reduce them
  • Discuss the principles of emergency planning and business continuity 
  • Produce a plan and approach for 'what to do' before and after a disaster for a real case study

How is this course structured and taught?

This one-day intensive course includes a combination of lectures and group discussions.

There will be a hands-on workshop allowing you to take part in an exercise on resilience in a practical scenario. Through active engagement you will learn skills that will inform your own approach in the workplace.

There will be an online environment in which you can access reading materials, recordings of the lectures and further resources.

By attending this course, you will:

  • Have access to the latest knowledge and research in this area, allowing your business to be at the forefront of business resilience planning
  • Have access to leading experts from UCL departments such as UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction and UCL School of Management
  • Have an opportunity to discuss your experience in a peer environment, benefiting from the opinions of experts in the field
  • Be engaged in an interactive training and discussion of issues rather than being “told” what they are, so you can more readily apply knowledge to your own situation
  • Have the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals
  • Benefit from the global, big picture thinking of the IRDR and understand the issues within a global context
  • You will receive a UCL Certificate of Participation

Course Team:

Prof. David Alexander, Professor at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

David

David is an internationally recognised academic focussed on natural hazards, earthquake disasters, culture and disasters, and emergency planning and management. He is Vice-President of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. His teaching mainly concerns holistic aspects of disaster risk reduction and practical matters in emergency planning and management. He has held advisory roles to organisations in different sectors and has taught courses on how to formulate and apply emergency plans, both generally and in the context of different contingencies and sectors, including business continuity, medical emergency response and industrial disaster management. His book publications include "Confronting Catastrophe", "Principles of Emergency Planning and Management", "Recovery from Disaster" (with Ian Davis) and "How to Write an Emergency Plan".

Dr Farnaz Arefian, Enterprise Manager, UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Farnaz

Farnaz is an expert in disaster management and risk reduction (DRR), urban design and strategic management. She has a background in private sector consultancy and management for delivering large-scale urban development and architectural projects, including participatory post disaster reconstruction. She has first-hand experience in post disaster reconstruction in the city of Bam, Iran, after the disastrous earthquake in 2003. Her PhD research dealt with organisational design and management for post disaster reconstruction programmes. Her current research interests concern disaster risk reduction; urban reconstruction; urban resilience; strategic management and organisational configuration for urban development programmes; and contextual urban challenges in the Middle East and Central Asian cities.

Jane Elizabeth Burns, Principal Teaching Fellow, UCL Department of Management Science & Innovation

Jane

Jane is expert in in communicating around business crisis and critics of dependency for the continuation of businesses. Jane has a wide practical experience in industry including IT and Retail, both international and domestic. She is a member of the UCL School of Management. Her specialism also includes planning and delivery of large scale organisational change programmes through the application of systemic approach and engaging technical, social and behavioural aspects of a business.

Shanshan Zhou, Practitioner and visiting PhD Researcher, UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Shanshan

Shanshan’s PhD research is in Change and Complexity Management. Her professional and educational background is journalism and business management, Her research interest is organizational learning from disasters, high resilient organization and business continuity. Her current research is a case study of a multi-utility company that was affected by the 2012 earthquakes in northern Italy. Her international professional experience in China, India, Italy, UK in marketing, business development and journalism, and IT start-up, enables her to connect theory and practice and makes her research relevant to business practices.

Dr Robert Wicks, Lecturer, UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics and UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Robert

Robert specialises in complex and interconnected systems and the impacts of natural hazards on high-technology infrastructure. Robert is a space physicist and expert on the conditions in outer space and the impact of the variability of the Sun on the Earth. Robert researches the newly identified hazard of space weather, which can affect telecommunications, satellite operations, electricity provision, and aviation amongst other important sectors, and has experience working both in UK academia and in the USA at NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre.

The maximum class size will be 22. First come first served. For more information contact Course Director Dr Farnaz Arefian, f.arefian@ucl.ac.uk.

Fee:

The standard price is £500. Concessions are available as follows:

- Students - 10% discount (you must bring proof of your student status at the start of the course). On booking USE VOUCHER CODE: rr-student.

- 5 or more people (group booking): 10% discount will be automatically applied.

Location:

Chadwick G07, Chadwick Building, UCL, Gower Street

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps/chadwick-building

Registration:

Registration will close at the end of the day on 30th May 2017.

Reducing Disaster Risk During Reconstruction and Retrofit: Develop Future-Proof Projects

IRDR professional short course, TBC 2017

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Summary: 

This one-day course is for organisations and individuals involved in international and domestic disaster reconstruction and retrofit (such as earthquakes, floods and landslides) and aims to assist them in devising and implementing disaster reconstruction and retrofitting programmes that will better withstand a subsequent disaster.

Registration:

Register via the Lifelong Learning website here.

Course Overview:

Is your organisation ready to not only effectively assist affected people and businesses to survive in a post disaster situation, but to future-proof them against that disaster risk?

Can your organisation successfully deliver the Sendai Framework, highlighted in the UN World conference on disaster risk reduction held in Sendai in March 2015? (View the framework: Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction’).

This short course is based on the latest research and academic advances on understanding disaster risk reduction, recovery and development from a unique multidisciplinary perspective, covering areas such as project management and the built environment.

It will enable you to prepare your organisation to successfully plan and deliver complex, forward-looking reconstruction and retrofit after a major disruptive incident.

You will be taught by world leading researchers who have first-hand practical experience in the field. You will learn from a variety of real case studies of post disaster reconstruction and retrofitting in different contexts. Each case study offers a different professional perspective on reconstruction and retrofitting of the built environment, including organisational aspects and management systems, engineering and urban planning. You will also have an opportunity for networking and informal discussions.

The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) brings together a wealth of knowledge and expertise from across the university, and through research, teaching, public engagement and knowledge exchange, aims to improve the understanding of risk and overcome the barriers to increasing resilience to disasters. At IRDR Enterprise we’re motivated by our passion for bridging the gap between practice and academia.

The multidisciplinary nature of disaster risk affects a range of industry sectors in both private and public organisations. This short course addresses the global challenge and emerging international focus on risk and its multifaceted nature, and cutting-edge solutions to reducing risk in disastrous situations across the world.

Course Content Overview:

During this course we will cover:

  • The links between development, post disaster recovery and reconstruction and their relevance to disaster risk reduction (DRR)
  • Understanding the multidimensional nature of post disaster recovery and the role of reconstruction and stakeholder engagement towards reducing future disaster risks
  • How to integrate different tools for DRR into reconstruction and recovery projects and programmes

Overview of the course programme:

  • Introduction, the course layout
  • Linking recovery and development: practical implications for disaster risk reduction
  • Unpacking multidimensional recovery and positioning reconstruction and retrofitting projects and programmes
  • Reconstruction policies and involvement of stakeholders
  • Case study presentations and discussion
  • Open discussion
  • A scenario-based exercise on incorporating DRR strategy and measures into reconstruction programmes
  • Drinks reception and networking

Target audience:

This course is ideal for programme managers and built environment professionals who are involved in formulating, implementing or evaluating post disaster recovery, reconstruction and retrofitting programmes in: 

  • International development agencies
  • Humanitarian organisations
  • NGOs
  • Local councils
  • Private sector companies
  • International funding agencies
  • Individual built environment consultants and professionals, e.g. engineers, urban planners and architects

Entry requirements and prerequisites:

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however you must have practical or research experience in urban, rural or regional post-disaster recovery or work in a related organisation.

How is this course structured and taught?

This one-day intensive course includes a combination of lectures, case study discussions and group activities. 

There will be an online environment in which you can access reading materials, recordings of the lectures and further resources.

By attending this course, you will:

  • Benefit from the very latest thinking and research in this area and be able to apply this knowledge in a practical way that benefits your organisation
  • Be in an interactive learning environment where you’ll be able to discuss your own organisations’ approach and challenges in a peer environment, benefiting from the opinions of experts in the field
  • Have access to leading experts from UCL departments such as UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, UCL Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) and the Bartlett Development Planning Unit
  • Have the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals
  • Benefit from the global, big picture thinking of the IRDR and UCL and understand the issues within a global context
  • You will receive a UCL Certificate of Participation

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise the notion of disaster risk reduction (DRR), developmental post disaster recovery and built environment reconstruction and how they are linked, including PAR (Pressure and Release) model
  • Clarify the multidimensional nature of recovery, recovery policy and the engagement of reconstruction stakeholders in an aftermath
  • Discuss practical tools and approaches from different professional and disciplinary perspectives for achieving disaster risk reduction in reconstruction and retrofitting programmes and projects
  • Produce a plan for developing and integrating DRR strategy and tools for ‘what to do’ after a disaster for a case study

Course Team:

Prof. David Alexander, Professor at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

David


David is an internationally recognised academic focussed on natural hazards, earthquake disasters, culture and disasters, and emergency planning and management. He is Vice-President of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. His teaching mainly concerns holistic aspects of disaster risk reduction and practical matters in emergency planning and management. He has held advisory roles to organisations in different sectors and has taught courses on how to formulate and apply emergency plans, both generally and in the context of different contingencies and sectors, including business continuity, medical emergency response and industrial disaster management. His book publications include "Confronting Catastrophe", "Principles of Emergency Planning and Management", "Recovery from Disaster" (with Ian Davis) and "How to Write an Emergency Plan".

Dr Farnaz Arefian, Enterprise Manager, UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Farnaz

Farnaz is an expert in disaster management and risk reduction (DRR), urban design and strategic management. She has a background in private sector consultancy and management for delivering large-scale urban development and architectural projects, including participatory post disaster reconstruction. She has first-hand experience in post disaster reconstruction in the city of Bam, Iran, after the disastrous earthquake in 2003. Her PhD research dealt with organisational design and management for post disaster reconstruction programmes. Her current research interests concern disaster risk reduction; urban reconstruction; urban resilience; strategic management and organisational configuration for urban development programmes; and contextual urban challenges in the Middle East and Central Asian cities.

Dr Cassidy Johnson, Senior Lecturer, UCL Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU)

Cassidy

Cassidy has a background in urban studies and minimum cost housing, with a focus on low and middle-income countries. Her interests are concerned with how communities and governments can prepare urban areas to be resilient to and respond to disasters, and the implications of forced evictions in cities. She has done research on post-disaster temporary housing - particularly looking at disaster recovery in Turkey and on urban rehabilitation and Roman communities in Istanbul. She has also worked with Natural Resources Canada on the use of solar energy in cities. Cassidy is a founding member of Information and Research for Reconstruction Network (i-Rec) and coordinator of CIB Task Group 63, Disasters and the Built Environment.

Dr Carmine Galasso, Lecturer, UCL Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) and UCL IRDR

Carmine

Carmine is a member of the EPICentre research group. His research focuses on the development and use of probabilistic and statistical tools for modelling and managing risk caused by extreme loads on the built environment, with emphasis on developing new tools for hazard-consistent seismic input assessment, engineering applications of earthquake early warning systems, structural reliability and flood risk assessment. Prior to joining UCL, he worked as a Lecturer in Structural Engineering & Catastrophe Risk Modelling in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University, UK, as a Catastrophe Risk Modeller in the Catastrophe Risk Engineering group of Applied Insurance Research (AIR) Worldwide, San Francisco, USA, and as an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, USA.

Dr Robert Wicks, Lecturer, UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics and UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Robert

Robert specialises in complex and interconnected systems and the impacts of natural hazards on high-technology infrastructure. Robert is a space physicist and expert on the conditions in outer space and the impact of the variability of the Sun on the Earth. Robert researches the newly identified hazard of space weather, which can affect telecommunications, satellite operations, electricity provision, and aviation amongst other important sectors, and has experience working both in UK academia and in the USA at NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre.

Bayes Ahmed, Lecturer, Department of Disaster Science and Management, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, PhD Researcher, UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Bayes

Bayes has a background in urban planning with professional experience working in Bangladesh and Ecuador. His PhD research investigates the issues involved in socio-economic and socio-cultural vulnerability among the people living with landslide risks in the case of Bangladesh. He has also worked with earthquake vulnerable people in Ecuador, and projects on achieving community resilience to cyclone disasters in coastal regions of Bangladesh. He prepared master plans for different municipalities in Bangladesh and produced traffic accident guidelines for Dhaka city. 

The maximum class size will be 22. First come first served. For more information contact Course Director Dr Farnaz Arefian, f.arefian@ucl.ac.uk.

Fee:

The standard price is £500. Concessions are available as follows:

- Students - 10% discount (you must bring proof of your student status at the start of the course). On booking USE VOUCHER CODE: rr-student.

- 5 or more people (group booking): 10% discount will be automatically applied.

Location:

Chadwick G07, Chadwick Building, UCL, Gower Street

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps/chadwick-building

Registration:

Registration date TBC.