Security in Urban Emergencies (Online)


This Security in Urban Emergencies course gives participants exposure to the necessary skills and knowledge to participate in the development of security strategies. This includes conducting context analyses, exploring how this informs the subsequent vulnerability and risk assessments, and using security frameworks to mitigate urban specific risks.


In an ever-urbanising world, aid agencies and relief work must too shift to being more effective and adaptable to working in urban areas, and those operating in the spaces must understand the unique challenges that urban environments present. Just as crises and responses in urban areas differ to those in rural areas, so too do the security issues and the types of violence associated to urban contexts. Humanitarian actors therefore face new challenges when assessing and minimising risk, and managing safety and security in urban environments. As such, they need to fully understand the urban context and be able to find and implement urban specific strategies to mitigate potential risks.


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop basic context analysis for a complex urban setting, using a good practice structure
  • Differentiate the risks faced by diverse humanitarians (particularly with regard to gender)
  • Identify security threats of special concern in an urban environment and use a security risk framework to manage them.


  • Context Analysis
  • Actor Mapping
  • Specific Urban Threats – including the differences between urban and rural violence
  • Gender and Security
  • Threat and Vulnerability
  • Assessing Risk
  • Developing Security Strategies
  • Security Plans


The total cost of the four week e-facilitated course is £242 per person.

Participants should have an interest in working in an urban emergency response and have some experience in the humanitarian and/or development sector. This course presupposes a working knowledge of basic humanitarian principles.


The duration of the facilitated on-line course is 4 consecutive weeks where all activities take place on-line. It is expected that you spend around three to five hours per week on participating in team activities and completing individual tasks. Most of the activities are asynchronous, meaning you can log in when convenient for you, whether that is during the working day, in the evening at home or while travelling. However, there will be some webinars where a time will be scheduled and participants will need to be available to participate in tasks; this will cater to different time zones and working schedules. The topics in this course are interwoven to build upon the learning from the course, which will enable participants to remember key learning points and practise taught skills.

The most important thing is that participants are fully committed to completing the course and sharing their own experiences with the other participants they will be working with. The maximum number of participants is 24.

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