September 19 | Seminar: Fieldwork and duty of care for universities

Event information

  • Type: Seminar
  • Date: September 19 (Tuesday) 2017
  • Time: 13.00 - 17.00
  • Location: Paleiskerk, Paleisstraat 8, 2514 JA The Hague
  • Enrolment: Follow the link below
  • Contact: Thea Hilhorst (

The seminar on security issues for fieldworkers will bring together managers and supervisors from different universities. They will discuss the meaning of duty of care and best practices in the development of policy and training for safe and secure research.

In recent years, attention for issues of safety and security of research has grown and universities have started to develop policies and services for this. The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) has been active in this development, producing, amongst other things a manual with guidelines for safe research in remote, hazardous or conflict-affected settings.

Hard copies of the handbook on security guidelines will be freely available during the seminar.


13.30     Doors open, tea and coffee
14.00     Introduction - Universities & Security Abroad
              Thea Hilhorst (Professor of humanitarian aid and reconstruction in disaster and conflict, ISS)
14.45     Duty of Care for Universities, Legal Aspects
              Peter Mauser and Annette de Jong (lawyers at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn)
15.30     Break
16.00     Security Framework for Universities
              Ebe Brons (director Centre for Safety and Development)
16.15     Practical cases and self assessments
16.45     Feedback and closing remarks
17.00     Reception