LIDC Short Course Humanitarian Crises

LIDC Short Course: Humanitarian Crises

11 – 15 April 2016, London

The purpose of this intensive short course is to provide participants with a comprehensive background in theoretical and practical aspects of humanitarian crises.

Course content:

By the end of the course participants will understand the fundamental concepts relating to humanitarian crises.

The following topics will be covered:

  • History of humanitarianism
  • Politics and future trends
  • Ways of thinking about risk and security
  • Ethics and principles
  • Humanitarian economics and logistics
  • Education
  • Health and mental health
  • Livelihoods
  • Communication and media
  • Protection and gender-based violence
  • Transition to development

Course format:

The short course will consist of five days of instruction based in London and taught in English. Throughout the course, participants will be actively involved in discussions and will be expected to participate in a final day workshop based on a real-life scenario.

Teaching staff:

The course has been designed and will be led by humanitarian crises experts from LIDC member organisations: Birkbeck (BBK), London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), SOAS, and UCL Institute of Education (IOE) in collaboration with Save the Children and MSF.

Course instructors:

Karl Blanchet (LSHTM) Lecturer in Health Systems Research and co-founder of the Public Health in Humanitarian Crises Group.

Alex Colas (BBK) Reader in International Relations and Assistant Dean of the Department of Politics.

Chrisopher Cramer (SOAS) Professor of the Political Economy of Development.

Laura Hammond (SOAS) Reader and Head of Department of Development Studies.

Tim Markham (BBK) Reader in Journalism and Media.

Zoe Marriage (SOAS) Reader in Development Studies and Convenor for the Violence, Peace and Development Research Cluster.

Tejendra Pherali (UCL-IOE) Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development and Coordinator for Network for Research in Education, Conflict and Emergencies.

Bayard Roberts (LSHTM) Senior Lecturer in Health Systems and Policy and Director of ECOHOST -the Centre for Health and Social Change.

Bruna Seu (BBK) Reader in Psychosocial Studies.

David Styan (BBK) Lecturer in Politics.

MSF / Save the Children

Who should attend:

The short course is aimed at early career professionals and students who have some knowledge and understanding of humanitarian crises and who want a more in-depth understanding of theoretical and practical issues and problems that confront those working in this area. Field experience is not a requirement for participation, though we particularly welcome those who have worked in a humanitarian crisis context. Those that have no practical experience will be expected to have an understanding of key issues.


The course runs from Monday 11th to Friday 15th of April 2016. Participants will be expected to attend all sessions.


Classes will be held at the London International Development Centre (LIDC), 36-38 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD, United Kingdom.

Getting to LIDC

Entry requirements:

Participants will need to have a basic understanding of and the provision of services within a humanitarian crises context. A good level of spoken and written English will be required. As a guide this should be a good working level of English equivalent to IELTS 7 or higher. We will not validate your English prior to starting this course but be aware that with a lower level of English you will not be unable to understand the course content.


The course fee is £ 550 GBP.

The fee includes tuition, learning materials, and lunch during the course. Travel and accommodation is not included.

Fees must be paid in full no later than two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Assessment and credits:

The course is not formally accredited, but each participant will receive a certificate of completion signed by all institutions proving the tuition: LIDC, SOAS, Institute of Education (IOE), and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).


It is the responsibility of the participants to verify if they require a visa to enter the UK and to secure a visa if necessary. More information on UK visa requirements can be found on the website of the UK Border Agency.

Travel and accommodation:

Participants will be expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

To apply:

Applications are accepted online on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Fill out this form to register.

Contact us:

If you have any queries, please get in touch.