As towns and cities grow and develop they are inevitably exposed to shocks and stresses from natural hazards. Resilient communities, towns and cities are better placed to cope with such shocks: the impacts are reduced and they recover faster. This course is about providing development and humanitarian professionals working in urban neighbourhoods to more effectively adapt, transform or negate the potential impact of natural hazards through the practice of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience.

How does the practice of DRR and resilience translate to complex, vibrant urban environments? What can we learn from the latest research and understanding of good practice? How do global frameworks relate to realities on the ground? And what can practitioners from the humanitarian and development sectors actually do? This four-week course aims to answer these questions, thereby providing participants with practical, tangible ways to reduce disaster risk and contribute to more resilient towns and cities.


This course is designed for both humanitarian and development practitioners. It will be of interest to those currently working in towns and cities, as well as those who want to develop their skills in this area, including staff from local and national government, NGOs, the UN, urban planners and designers, architects and other related fields. Classes will be held in English. Sessions will draw upon participants’ past experiences working in towns and cities.


To better equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to apply DRR and resilience thinking in complex urban settings.


Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Build on existing knowledge about what makes urban contexts unique, and apply this knowledge to DRR and resilience approaches
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of urban resilience and disaster risk reduction, including where the concepts come from and how they apply to towns and cities;
  • Bring an urban perspective to the identification of hazards and risks in urban contexts, and develop an understanding of urban governance and coordination for disaster management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the opportunities that urban contexts bring to disaster preparedness, risk reduction and integrated development for resilience
  • Demonstrate how these concepts can be applied before and after an urban crisis.


  • Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience
  • Urban Governance, Risk Management and Coordination
  • Urban Opportunities and Resources
  • Building resilience before and after a disaster

RedR UK is committed to making our courses accessible to any organisation, regardless of size. We offer course scholarships for eligible participants who meet specific criteria. For more information on RedR Scholarships and how to apply, please click here.

Any questions? Check out our FAQs here and our T&Cs here.

If you have any questions about this course or require further information, please contact training@redr.org.uk.

In case of any complaints, please email complaints@redr.org.uk

RedR UK is committed to making sure everyone’s needs are met, including people of different genders, ages and disabilities. If you have any specific access requirements or learning needs RedR are committed to try and make reasonable adjustments to support your needs, please email training@redr.org.uk or phone 0207 840 6000 at any stage of the booking process to talk directly to RedR about your needs.

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