2019 senior-level course on conflict and humanitarian response

An intensive course for humanitarian professionals taught by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Date and location: 7-12 July 2019, London

Closing date: 30 April 2019 

Apply for the course. See the agenda for more details.

The course provides an opportunity for mid-career and senior professionals to learn and reflect on critical issues in preparing for, responding to and transitioning out of humanitarian crises. The course is designed to foster peer-to-peer learning, and will feature lectures by distinguished academics and practitioners, with an opportunity for small group discussions and exercises.

The aim of the course is to enable participants to critically reflect on:

  • The changing humanitarian landscape and its implications for policy and practice.
  • Implications of current challenges for leadership in humanitarian action.
  • How the complex nature of conflict and state fragility affect preparations for, and responses to, humanitarian crises.
  • Political transition, the role of justice and security, and stabilisation approaches to complex crises.


Watch our course video for more information on the course's topics, objectives and speakers.

Feedback from previous years

'This has been an outstanding course with top quality speakers, top quality subjects, top quality fellow students. VERY IMPRESSIVE!'

'I genuinely appreciated the diversity of my colleagues both in region of work and in technical expertise. Thank you for all your work on this course and for this opportunity.'

'A real privilege to hear those guest speakers and to share the forum with fellow delegates from conflict-affected areas.'

Fees and what's included

Rates: £2,500 for institutional participants (employed by governmental, international or non-governmental organisation) and £2,000 for individual participants (currently self-employed, retired, or who will be paying their fees separate from an employer or sponsoring organisation). 

Fees cover course tuition, course materials, lunches, two networking dinners and six nights’ accommodation.

Professor Mary Kaldor

Professor Mary Kaldor

Professor of Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science. Author of ‘New and Old wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era’.

Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Professor of International History, the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

Dr Stuart Gordon

Dr Stuart Gordon

Assistant Professor, International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Christina Bennett

Christina Bennett is an international aid policy analyst with extensive experience working for the United Nations and several international policy institutes on humanitarian, conflict, and post-conflict peacebuilding policy.

Dr Sara Pantuliano

Acting Executive Director, ODI. Previously led UNDP Sudan’s Peace Building Unit and managed a high-profile post-conflict response in the Nuba Mountains.