United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Reducing disaster risk during reconstruction and retrofit: Develop future-proof projects

Organizer(s) University College London


This one-day course is for organisations and individuals involved in international and domestic disaster reconstruction and retrofit (such as structural damage, floods and landslides). It will help the participant to devise and implement disaster reconstruction and retrofitting programmes that will better withstand a subsequent disaster.

Is your organisation ready to effectively assist people and businesses to survive in a post-disaster situation, and 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?

This course will help the participant to do both of the above.

The multidisciplinary nature of disaster risk affects a range of industry sectors in both private and public organisations. 

The course addresses the global challenge and emerging international focus on risk and its multifaceted nature. It also explores cutting-edge solutions to reducing risk in disastrous situations.

This course is based on the latest research and academic advances in understanding disaster risk reduction, recovery and development from a unique multidisciplinary perspective. The participant will learn from world-leading researchers with first-hand practical experience in the field.

The course will cover areas such as project management and the built environment. It will help the participant enable his or her organisation to successfully plan and deliver complex, forward-looking reconstruction and retrofit after a major disruptive incident. The participant will explore 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.

Course structure

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

The participant will also have access to an online environment where you can find reading materials, recordings of the lectures and further resources. The participant will receive a UCL certificate of participation on completing the course.

The provisional programme is as follows:

  • introduction and course format;
  • 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

This will be followed by a drinks reception and networking.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course the participant should be able to:

  • understand the notion of disaster risk reduction (DRR), developmental post-disaster recovery and built environment reconstruction and how they're 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.


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The standard price is £500.

Concessions are available as follows:

  • For students there is a10% discount (you must bring proof of your student status at the start of the course). On booking USE VOUCHER CODE: risk-student.
  • For groups of 5 or more people there a 10% discount will be automatically applied.

​Course team

  • Prof David Alexander, Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction, UCL IRDR
  • Dr Farnaz Arefian, Enterprise Manager, UCL IRDR and Director of Silk Cities
  • Dr Robert Wicks, Lecturer, UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics and UCL IRDR
  • Dr Cassidy Johnson, Senior Lecturer, UCL Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU)
  • Dr Carmine Galasso, Lecturer, UCL Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE)
  • Bayes Ahmed, Lecturer, Department of Disaster Science and Management, University of Dhaka

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