Seminar: safety and security for university staff and students in remote, complex and hazardous regions

Duty of care without imposing unnecessary restrictions

Traffic accidents, muggings, hotel fires, kidnappings, terrorism and natural disasters.

Research and study abroad, visits to partner institutions, conference visits and so forth are vital to our universities but clearly all such activity carries a certain level of risk and the more remote or complex the region visited, the higher the risk is likely to be.

Calamities that befall staff and students not only affect the individuals concerned but they can have an impact on the entire institution.

Excellent preparation can reduce any risk to a minimum, thus enabling universities to meet their duty of care obligations as an employer and an educator, without imposing unnecessary restrictions on travel.

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) is an international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science. It brings together students and teachers from the Global South and the Global North in a European environment.

ISS is located in The Hague but is part of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Established in 1952 as the International Institute of Social Studies by Dutch universities and the Netherlands Ministry of Education and Science, it engages in research, teaching and engagement with society at large in the field of development studies and international cooperation.


On May 23, 2019,  the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam will organise a seminar on ‘Safety and security abroad for Universities’ in cooperation with the Centre for Safety and Development (CSD).

This seminar will take the discussion a step beyond the introductory seminar on the topic that we organised in 2016. Speakers from Denmark and the UK will tell us how their institutions prepare and support their staff and students and some well-known researchers with experience in complex regions will share their experiences with us.

The seminar will provide a forum for the sharing of best practices.

Speakers will include: Daniel Thomas Mosbaek Jensen (University of Copenhagen), Marlies Glasius (University of Amsterdam), Tim Catherall and Mustafa Roberts (IDS in the UK), Thea Hilhorst (ISS).

Who should attend? Rectors, researchers who operate in complex and/or hazardous environments, HR managers, security advisors and any other colleagues who are responsible for or who work with employees and/or students who travel abroad on university business or for study purposes.

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In early 2004, the Centre for Safety and Development Foundation (CSD) was established. Our mission:

We believe that professionals who are working for a better world deserve the very best safety and security preparation. It enables them to help others and to return home safely.

Since then, the CSD has developed into a leading institute that trains 1,300 people every year and helps dozens of organisations with advice and policy.

Our work assists more than 200 organisations across the world, NGOs, universities, and international organisations. We enable their employees to travel and work safely and securely.



Please find below the programme for the seminar.

13.30 | Coffee, tea and light snacks available

14.00 | Word of welcome

14.10 | Doing research in countries with an authoritarian regime (Marlies Glasius, Professor in International Relations, University of Amsterdam, NL)

14.30 | Safety and security  for Universities. The Danish situation (Daniel Thomas Mosbaek Jensen, Mobility consultant, University of Copenhagen, DK)

14.50 | Safety and security for Universities. The British situation (Tim Catherall, Director of Finance and     Operations     and Mustafa Roberts, Contracts and Compliance manager, IDS, UK)

15.10 | Where do we stand on safety and security for Universities in NL? Results and analysis of survey (Thea Hilhorst, Professor of Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction, ISS/EUR. NL) and some observations on possible next steps (Ebe Brons, Director, Centre for Safety, NL)

15.45 | Speakers’ panel: Q and A

16.10 | Sharing experiences. Group exercise.

16.45 | Feedback and closing remarks

17.00 | Drinks

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019

Venue: ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, 2518 AX The Hague

Time: 13.30 – 17.00 with drinks afterwards

Language: English

Costs: The seminar is free of charge

There is a limited number of places available. You can guarantee your place by registering now.

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