Practising Reflection: Reflective Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Practising Reflection: Reflective Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a short course for continuing professional development (CPD). Practising Reflection will give you the knowledge and skills to introduce reflection and associated reflective practices into your organisation’s response to environmental and non-environmental disasters. The United Nation’s (UN’s) international convention on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2005 urged the international community to change its focus from reactive to proactive disaster response. This niche course plays a key role in progressing this agenda by introducing ‘reflective response’ one that is based on critical reflective practices and systems thinking as fulcrum of developing organisational resilience to disasters.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course students will be able to:
  • Explain orally the importance of using ‘reflective practices’ in disaster risk reduction (DRR)
  • Analyse case studies using the knowledge and tools of reflective practices
  • Understand the linkage between critical reflective practices and systems thinking to improve organisational resilience
  • Ability to apply some tools/methods of reflective practices at work places.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Two-day taught course.

What would be doing?

In day one the session will introduce the following:

a) What is a ‘reflective practice/s’? How this can be understood in light of the reactive and proactive disaster responses?

b) What is DRR and how reflective practices can contribute to this multi-disciplinary concept and practice?

c) What is the connection between reflective practices and organisational resilience?

d) How reflective practices can be achieved? What are the methodologies and methods/tools to achieve reflective practices at an organisational level?

e) How reflective practices can be adopted and applied in development practises?

In day two participants will work in groups. The first group activity will include analysing a real case study through the lens of ‘reflective practices’. The second activity will encourage participants to discuss the reflective practices and methods that their organisations employ and how these practices can be improved having now been informed by the tools of reflective practices, as discussed in the morning session.

At the end of the course, students can purchase a Handbook. However, this is optional.

Is there any assessment for this course?

There is no compulsory assessment for this course.

However, students have the option to write a non-assessed reflective essay of no more than 2000 words (excluding references) within two weeks of the completion date of the course. Through assessment of the reflective essay, the course tutors will be able to provide personalised feedback to each student to enable them to develop their personal academic writing skills.

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for managers and practitioners involved in emergency services, armed forces and DRR in the United Nations, local, national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations involved in human security, disaster, development and humanitarian sectors. You are required to have a first degree or relevant work experience.

Is there an attendance certificate for this course?


What is the course fee?


When will the course be delivered and where?

Venue and date are flexible for this course. Please contact the Distance Learning Team at or Dr Nibedita S Ray-Bennett

Who are the course tutors?

Dr Nibedita S Ray-Bennett (Course Director)

Dr Tony Masys

Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita

How can I find out more about the application for this course?

Please contact the Distance Learning Team at or Dr Nibedita S Ray-Bennett

Participants who have attended this course have said:

“The course is very practical and inspires interest in utilizing reflective practices at organizational setting to help management decisions and learning processes […]” (Mr Ashlesh Baichoo, UNHCR, Mauritius).
‘Lectures were […] ‘eye opening’. Showed methods and ways to reduce the impact of disasters and how to improve resilience in the wider community” (Ms Miranda Seegor, Independent Consultant, Trinidad and Tobago).
“Between understanding the concept of reflective practice and applying it to a ‘known’ subject I found that I was able to discover a different view of thinking. I particularly enjoyed understanding and practicing the Causal Loop Diagrams and understanding their place and potential usage of them in the future” (Mr Paul Canfield, Armed Response Unit and Emergency Response Team, Bermuda).
“I just wanted to say thank you for the course and how much I enjoyed it. It was great to be able to explore DRR in greater detail” (Mr Francis Long, reading MSc/MA Risk Analysis at Kings College, London).
“The course provided an excellent introduction to the theory of reflective practice, whilst also including practical guidance and tools for promoting reflective practice within the workplace” (Mr Bede Wilson, Disaster Manager, Queensland, Australia)

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One of our students in Salta, Argentina

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