Personal Security for Field Researchers

Three day training including first aid. This course will precede the 5th bi-annual conference of the International Humanitarian Studies Association taking place in the Hague, The Netherlands. Cost of the course is 735 Euros + VAT (Discount for IHSA members - 680 Euros + VAT)

Dates: August 24th - 26th 2018

Duration: 3 Days

Location: International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands

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When conducting field-based research or fieldwork, researchers often operate within complex and dynamic social and political contexts. Both the quality of research and the security of the researcher is a function of how well-planned the research is, taking into account the local context and the risk environment.

This three day training is designed to assist researchers in conducting their research in hazardous, remote or complex environments as safely and securely as possible. The focus of this training is on the individual researcher, yet takes into account issues involved in managing small teams and in liaising with HQ and partner organisations' security and risk management processes.

The Aim of this course

The aim of this course is to enhance the security and first aid skills of research staff. This training is for researchers and academics who are either travelling for research overseas themselves, or involved in the training and deployment of researchers and looking to improve their own risk management processes.

Key Learning Objectives for this course

  • The importance of, and best practice for, security in field research
  • Tips, Tools and Techniques to improve risk assessment and risk mitigation
  • How to avoid and manage incidents and crises
  • How to develop security awareness and personal security skills
  • How to reduce risk of becoming a victim of personal crime, including sexual aggression
  • The course includes 7 hours of practical first aid training, applicable to remote areas, as well as role-play and practical elements to develop, test and review skills in security and first aid.

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