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: 18-22 June 2018

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Apply for the course by March 21 2018

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.'

Professor Mary Kaldor

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

Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Professor of International History, the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

Tom Keatinge

Director of the CFCS at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). 

Dr Stuart Gordon

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

Dr Sara Pantuliano

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