Security for fieldworkersCourses for beginning PhD candidates

Course information

ECTS: 1.5
Number of session: 2
Hours per session: 8
Course fee:

  • free for PhD candidates of the Graduate School
  • €630 for non-members
  • consult our enrolment policy for more information


Telephone: +31 (0)10 4082607 (Graduate School).

Session 1
October 3 (Wednesday) 2018
Location will be announced soon

Session 2
October 4 (Thursday) 2018
Location will be announced soon


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

This course is designed to assist researchers in conducting their research in hazardous, remote or complex  environments as safely and securely as possible, both for those working within their home country, or as foreigners.

Learning objectives

  • Prepare to travel to and work in the field in an insecure environment for the purposes of conducting research;
  • Understand the security risk management framework and be able to apply this to personal and team security to reduce risk;
  • Conduct a basic risk assessment and be able to identify security threats and their likelihood and impact;
  • Be able to understand and apply personal risk assessment and risk reduction measures in a dynamic environment;
  • Understand the link between personal security and security and integrity of research;
  • Have an enhanced understanding of key preparations before, during and after travel;
  • Identify the most prevalent threats to researchers and have an awareness of appropriate strategies as to how to best reduce exposure and minimise impact;
  • Be aware of, and able to minimise personal and team vulnerabilities to threats;
  • Understand what support to expect from the university and how to access this. 

About the instructor

Lucy is a senior trainer with Clarity International. Clarity is the leading provider of personal security training to the UK Relief and Development sector and in the last 9  years has trained over 6,000 staff members from agencies including Save the Children, World Vision, Care UK , Christian Aid, GOAL, Concern and CAFOD, as well as researchers from think tanks such as ODI.