UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


UCL IRDR Careers and Opportunities Fair

26 February 2020, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

People talking at the careers event

Find out about a range of careers and other opportunities in risk and disaster reduction, and meet potential employers.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Rosanna Smith – Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Gustave Tuck LT and South Cloisters
005: Wilkins Main Building
Gower Street
United Kingdom

Talks and Q&A: 5–6pm, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre

This section will include speakers from the commercial, public, academic, and NGO sectors whose organisations have roles and interests in the area of risk and disaster reduction. They will all introduce details of the risk and disaster related opportunities and roles available in their sector, the specific opportunities in their company, and offer advice on how to be the best candidate for these opportunities. The speakers will all be available to answer questions from the audience. 

David Munroe, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office

David graduated from Durham University after undertaking a degree in Earth Sciences. This was then followed by a Masters in Hazard and Risk within the Institute of Hazards, Risk and Resilience also at Durham University. After working as an Environmental Engineer for 2 years he switched in to the resilience sector and was lucky enough to get an entry level job as an Emergency Planner at the City of Edinburgh Council. Here he stayed working on a large array of risks affecting the city for almost 4 years. David then moved on to London Fire Brigade, also as an Emergency Planner, and was involved in responding and recovering from the Croydon Tram Crash, Westminster and London Bridges and Parsons Green Terror Attacks as well as the Grenfell Tower Fire. In May 2018 David then took the opportunity to move over to the Civil Contingencies Secretariat within the Cabinet Office, where today he works within the Readiness and Response Team providing the frontline horizon scanning function and coordination of response to emergencies affecting the UK and UK interests abroad across government.

Arnaud Casteran, Senior Risk Analyst, Capital and Resilience Solutions, RMS

Arnauld graduated from the UCL IRDR MSc in Risk and Disaster Science in 2017. Since graduating, he has worked as a Risk Analyst at RMS, the world’s leading catastrophe risk modelling company. Arnaud will tell us what it’s like to work in this role for RMS and the career opportunities in RMS. He will also tell us how he got this role and offer tips for applicants looking to embark on similar career paths.

Rob Trigwell, International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Rob Trigwell has a humanitarian relief background, having worked with NGOs and the UN across the Middle East, East Africa and Asia. Rob currently works within the Global Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team, where he co-coordinates the Analytical, Knowledge and Output (AKO) quality Unit, a recently established research unit part of the Global DTM team based in London. The role of the unit is to enhance engagement with academic institutions to expand DTMs knowledge, enhance its analytical capacities and harness the use of its wealth of data. The Unit is currently working on themes linked with: urban displacement, economic and environmental induced displacement, disease outbreaks in health contexts, the humanitarian development nexus, returns, trafficking and the use of AI.

Katie Bisaro, UCL Careers

Katie will give an overview of the careers support that UCL students and recent graduates can get from the UCL careers service in the areas of risk, disasters, and humanitarian crises.

Exhibitor stalls: 6–8pm, UCL South Cloisters

This event will include exhibitors from commercial organisations, international NGOs, the public sector, and academia. They will present and discuss job opportunities in their organisations, as well as volunteering and internship opportunities, and postgraduate study.



Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS), Cabinet Office

The Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS) exists to improve the UK's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disruptive challenges. It does so by focusing on risk, from identification through planning and capability building to response and crisis management. It is part of the Cabinet Office, sitting at the centre of government and coordinating and supporting the work of all government departments and agencies.

CCS works to improve the resilience of the UK's Critical National Infrastructure and to support departments and local authorities in preparing for and mitigating against risks that could affect their sectors or communities. It also enhances the government's crisis response capabilities, including the management of COBR.

CCS reports to Cabinet Office Ministers but also directly to No.10 on a wider range of civil emergencies, including when the Prime Minister is in the chair of COBR. CCS also owns the Emergency Planning College based in York, which is the UK’s premier resilience training facility for domestic and International partners..

CCS recruits a wide range of generalists and specialists in order to effectively carry out its role. Recent joiners have included academics in the fields of behavioural analysis and natural disaster management, engineers, and humanitarian specialists, as well as a wide range of policy experts from across the Civil Service. If you are interested in finding out more about opportunities to work in CCS, please look out for posts advertised on Civil Service Jobs (https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi) or contact CCSPACT@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk for current vacancies.

UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction Postgraduate programmes

The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction offers MSc, MRes, PGDip, PGCert and PhD programmes in:

  • Risk and Disaster Reduction
  • Risk Disaster and Resilience
  • Risk and Disaster Science
  • Space Risk and Disaster Reduction

Details of these programmes can be found on our graduate study webpages

Further information on all of our courses will be available at our recruitment stall, along with the chance to ask questions of our academic staff and current students

International Organisation for Migration - IOM

Established in 1951, the United Nations (UN) International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is a leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and displacement and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. Further details on the IOM website.

AIR Worldwide

AIR Worldwide (AIR) provides risk modeling solutions that make individuals, businesses, and society more resilient to extreme events. In 1987, AIR Worldwide founded the catastrophe modeling industry and today models the risk from natural catastrophes, terrorism, pandemics, casualty catastrophes, and cyber attacks, globally. Insurance, reinsurance, financial, corporate, and government clients rely on AIR’s advanced science, software, and consulting services for catastrophe risk management, insurance-linked securities, site-specific engineering analyses, and agricultural risk management. AIR Worldwide, a Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK) business, is headquartered in Boston with additional offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.air-worldwide.com.


The World's Leading Catastrophe Risk Modeling Company
From earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods to terrorism and infectious diseases, RMS helps financial institutions and public agencies understand, quantify, and manage risk.

JBA Risk Management

Established in 2011, JBA Risk Management is a global leader in flood risk management. Their flood maps, catastrophe models and analytics are used by some of the world’s largest insurers, reinsurers, financial institutions, property companies and governments. They are experts in translating complex, scientific data into useful information, using sophisticated hydraulic approaches and models to provide cutting-edge flood risk intelligence. Find out more here

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We help vulnerable people in the UK and abroad prepare for, withstand and recover from emergencies in their own communities.  The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is the largest  humanitarian organization globally, recognized through the Geneva Conventions as auxiliary to public authorities.

IMC Worldwide

Societies develop by connecting people with each other, with services and with resources in increasingly productive and sustainable ways. Our mission is to enable the most disadvantaged populations to make these connections so that they can advance, for the benefit of all of us. We do this by helping low- and middle-income countries develop the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ infrastructure that people need to connect. This can range from creating ‘hard’ infrastructure such as transport networks that link impoverished farmers to markets or communities to health facilities, through to developing ‘soft’ infrastructure such as the institutions, systems and skills required to deliver public services to the disadvantaged or to support inclusive economic growth; ensuring resilience through institutional strengthening, improved asset management and community-led resilience approaches.

Further exhibitor details will be added here as soon as they become available.