UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction


IRDR Careers and Opportunities Forum 2014

Start: Mar 05, 2014 03:00 PM
End: Mar 05, 2014 07:00 PM

Location: UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre and North Cloisters

The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction will hold it's second Careers and Opportunities Forum and Reception on 5th March 2014

Undergraduates, postgraduates and anyone else interested in careers, courses, experiences, and volunteering in risk and disaster reduction are invited to attend.

15:00 - 16:00 Talks followed by Q&A from experts in the NGO, finance, insurance, and academic sectors in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre (map at end of this page)

16:00 - 19:00 Reception with exhibitor stalls, refreshments, and networking opportunities in the North Cloisters (map at end of page)

IRDR Careers and Opportunities Forum 2013

At this event, there will be stalls to browse, advertising career, education and other opportunities in risk and disaster reduction, and a networking opportunity with refreshments available. Stalls at this event include:

IRDR Postgraduate study

The IRDR offers the following postgraduate programmes:

Further information can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/rdr/teaching


The Earthquake and People Interaction Centre at UCL will advertise their MSc course in Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management and other opportunities for postgraduate study in EPICentre. Further information can be found at http://www.epicentreonline.com/courses

Geology for Global Development

Geology for Global Development is an NGO working to raise the profile of international development within the geosciences community. They have groups based at many universities, and are seeking more student volunteers. Further information can be found at http://www.gfgd.org/home

MSc Geophysical Hazards

The Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre will advertise opportunities to study on their MSc in Geophysical Havards

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers without borders are an international development organisation that removes barriers to development through engineering. Their programmes provide opportunities for young people to learn about technology's role in tackling poverty. Supported by the EWB-UK community, members can work on projects around the globe.

Silk Cities

Silk Cities is an exciting and collaborative new initiative. It is an independent contextual online platform which connects dispersed existing knowledge and ideas about the quality of the built environment in the Middle East and Central Asia. The initial thematic concerns are reconstruction and disaster risk reduction, urban design and planning, and addressing urban historical identity, as well as local initiatives. 

We aim to bridge the gap between generations and theory and practice, and to make an impact on the quality of the built environment through stimulating urban debates and ideas.

Silk Cities is an ongoing project. With the help of its community a number of events will be introduced.

Following the recent launch of the platform we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers with skills and creative ideas for the project development.

AIR Worldwide

Rescue Global


They do this through an effective combination of experienced pathfinder teams, dedicated air and command resources and the latest communication and reconnaissance technology.


Hitt Search

Hitt Search is a specialist London Insurance market Search & Recruitment consultancy whose core offering is founded on personal experience in the Lloyd’s / London market and an extensive network of contacts throughout Insurance & Reinsurance Broking & Underwriting, Risk Management, Statistical & Hazard Modelling, Operations and Corporate Finance.

More stalls will be confirmed soon.

The event will begin with presentations from Dr Joanna Faure Walker of the IRDR, Dickie Whitaker of the Financial Services Knowledge Transfer Network, and a representative from Global Rescue, in the NGO sector. They will talk about opportunities available in NGOs, industry, and academia, how to make the most of these opportunities, and how to maximise your potential of getting these opportunities. These presentations will be followed by a Q&A session, where you can ask questions about the types of opportunities they have introduced. 

Dickie Whitaker, FSKTN and Oasis

Dickie Whitaker

Dickie Whitaker is Director of the Financial Services Knowledge Transfer Network and the Lighthill Risk Network. He has held board positions in analytical, Broking and consulting services in London and New York with Guy Carpenter, one of the worlds largest reinsurance brokers. He left in 2010 to focus on activities with both the Lighthill Risk Network and Financial Services KTN.  Dickie has consulted on risk transfer mechanisms in several countries around the world and also for Insurance and Reinsurance companies in London.  In 2011 Dickie was one of the founders and Director of Oasis Loss Modelling Framework, a not for profit catastrophe modelling platform.

Joanna Faure Walker

Joanna Faure Walker

Joanna Faure Walker is a lecturer in risk and disaster reduction at the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), where she is the director of their Post Graduate Certificate Course and she lectures the courses: ‘Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction’ and ‘Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability’.  Her main research interests include the mechanics of continental extension and how this relates to seismic hazard. Joanna has experience of working in the hazard and risk field in both academia and industry. She read Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and then continued in academia as a NERC-funded PhD student in the Earth Sciences Department at UCL. Joanna then moved into the catastrophe modelling and insurance sector as an analyst for RMS (Risk Management Solutions); RMS produces numerical models that provide a statistical approach to quantifying risk. As an analyst, Joanna integrated scientific, insurance, and financial knowledge to provide risk analytics and portfolio management solutions for clients.  

Rescue Global

A representative from Rescue Global will speak about employment and volunteering opportunities in Rescue Global , in addition to opportunities more generally in the NGO sector.

Please contact rosanna.smith@ucl.ac.uk for further enquiries

This event is free to attend, but you must register beforehand

Locations: The talks and Q&A will take place in the Gustave Tuck lecture theatre, (2nd floor, red circle), and the reception, exhibitors, and networking will take place in the North Cloisters (blue circle)

IRDR Careers Event Location 2014