UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


IRDR Careers: Disaster Risk Reduction Consultancies

01 December 2022, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

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Join our panel of practitioners for a hands-on online workshop exploring how different consultancies work in the risk and disaster reduction and business continuity sectors.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL students






Sarah Jeal

This is the first in our career-focused IRDR Careers Workshops series, which are an essential complement to our academic programmes. This series aims to enable students to identify their career goals and get best prepared to achieve them. 

Consultants are highly experienced practitioners who can offer organisations their expertise on all aspects of disaster risk reduction and business continuity. They are often multidisciplinary and use this holistic approach to advise their clients. But what skills does it take to be a successful consultant? And what you can you expect if you choose this sector after graduating? 

This online session features a panel of speakers who are involved in different types and sizes of consultancy. We'll begin with introducing them and their areas of expertise, then look at some of the highs and lows of projects that they have been involved in, as well as the skills they look for in a consultant. You'll be able to ask plenty of questions and get a real feel for the industry.

Then we'll move on to a practical exercise where you will play the part of consultants, negotiating with a client who likes to push boundaries! How will you keep the project on track and manage their expectations? Your panel of experts will be on hand to give you advice.


  • Dr Carina Fearnley, Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies and head of the UCL Warning Research Centre
  • Myles Harris, IRDR PhD student
  • Elodie Huet, Cyber Security and Risk Consultant, IRDR Risk, Disaster and Resilience MSc 2013-14
  • Dr Chris Needham-Bennett, Managing Director of consultancy Needhams 1834 Ltd

Book your place

This free event is aimed at IRDR Master's students but other UCL students are welcome to attend. Please book your place using the link above.