UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction


IRDR Seminar and Christmas Party 17.00 to 21.00 Tuesday 5th December 2017

23 November 2017

Seminar at UCL Main Campus: Anatomy Building G04 Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre 17.00 to 18.00

Risks to national security: comparing apples and dragon fruit

Seminar and Christmas party image

A key challenge in assessing risks to national security is to improve information about risk scenarios and their effects on society. Then a coherent methodology can be developed for comparing and prioritising different types of risks. This includes, for example, understanding how best to assess emergencies that have an immediate effect and those that are slower to unfold but may cause just as much harm in the long term. The seminar will consider some of the key challenges of risk assessment and also of risk communication. It will open a discussion on ways in which we might begin to manage them. The UK Civil Contingencies Secretariat are responsible for producing a cross-Government assessment of the most significant risks facing the UK. This information is designed to inform a wide range of activity, from the creation of national security strategy to local emergency management.


Ms Emily Clarke,  Assistant Director, National Risks Team, Cabinet Office 

Emily Clarke is an Assistant Director in the Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS), which sits within the Cabinet Office’s National Security Secretariat. She started off working on issues related to the security and resilience of critical national infrastructure. She now heads up a  team that is responsible for coordinating the production of the classified National Risk Assessment and the public-facing National Risk Register. Emily has previously held posts in HM Treasury, where she was responsible for the effective implementation of international financial sanctions, and also elsewhere within Cabinet Office where she has worked on a number of government efficiency and reform programmes. Before joining the Civil Service, Emily worked as a researcher in a think tank having studied history and politics at Oxford and international peace and security at Kings College London.

IRDR Christmas Party 18.00 to 21.00  Tuesday 5th December 2017

Carpenters Arms, 68 - 70 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 4EY (Fitzrovia)

All IRDR Students, Staff and Members welcome! Free buffet and first drink.