The Panel identifies specific training and guidance needs for members who work or intend to work in the humanitarian and international development sector. Topics include:
The Panel also maintains contact with relevant charities and UK Government agencies.
We invite expressions of interest in Panel membership each September, contacting all members except Student Members.
Members of the Panel are expected to fully participate in supporting and driving the Panel's activities forward.
There are many ways that you can contribute to the activities of the group, and you will be expected to do some work outside the meetings, for example drafting or reviewing guidance and keeping up to date on the latest developments around the topics the Panel is involved with.
The Panel meet four times a year. A maximum of one meeting will be in person at Institution HQ, whilst all other meetings are held online. Online access to meetings is always available.
Contact the panel if you have questions about their work.
Explore our range of online training, recorded lectures and up and coming events.
This framework, developed by the Institution’s Humanitarian and International Development Panel, is designed to illustrate the types of skills that structural engineers will require to be successful in the development sector.
This article describes the climate-positive design for the campus of the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture.
This EEFIT Field Mission report details the effects of the Mw6.9 earthquake which struck the Aegean coasts of Greece and Turkey on 30 October 2020.
This article provides a realistic overview of the practical and ethical considerations when seeking to work in the sector.
This evolving series of FAQs provides guidance on considerations when acting in the humanitarian and international development sector.
An introduction to the goals and how structural engineers can use them to tackle the climate crisis and create a better world.
This case study examines assessing and improving the wind resistance of bamboo emergency shelters in the Rohingya refugee camps.
This resource features two case studies. They describe how engineers engaged with the local community following the earthquake of 2015.
Shelter plays an essential role in post-disaster situations both in saving lives and in promoting early recovery by helping to restore dignity, support livelihoods and re-establish communities. To be effective shelter must be of adequate quality, yet there is no commonly accepted definition of what this means. This shortfall is compounded by the lack of expertise or institutional knowledge within individual organisations, high staff turnover and the large number of new actors that enter the sector for the first time in post-disaster situations. To some extent this has been overcome by the introduction of standards and indicators in recent post-disaster responses combined with recent initiatives to reform co-ordination structures. However inconsistencies in terminology, approach and interpretation prevail and quality is often compromised due to post-disaster timescales and budgetary constraints. This paper proposes that quality should be considered from the shelter occupant’s perspective, and whilst this will vary in different scenarios, it can be defined by 12 standard characteristics under two key headings - habitability and durability - which provide a framework for designing and subsequently monitoring and evaluating shelter programmes. Jo da Silva, MA, CEng, MICE, MIStructE Associate Director, Arup
This two-day, online course introduces seismic design of civil engineering structures. It builds on the basics of structural dynamics and engineering seismology. The course focusses on seismic loading and design codes, conceptual seismic design principles and analysis for seismic loading, and design and detailing of structural members.
This advanced one-day, online course delivers key advice using worked examples on the seismic design of structures to Eurocode 8, as well as the application of the Eurocode. Emphasis is placed on reinforced concrete buildings although the concepts are widely applicable.
This one-day, online course delivers key advice and guidance on the seismic design of structures to Eurocode 8, as well as the application of the Eurocode. Emphasis is placed on reinforced concrete buildings although the concepts are widely applicable.
A talk from Yasmeen Lari on her architectural career and social justice.
EEFIT returned to Nepal following the devastating Mw 7.8 earthquake which struck Gorkha, Nepal on 25 April 2015. This talk discusses the recovery, reconstruction and “build back better” approach, analysing both the physical reconstruction and the institutional framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
On April 25 2022 the Institution’s Humanitarian and International Development (HID) Panel hosted “Journey to Success” in collaboration with IABSE (British Group): a panel discussion and mentoring event for early-years professionals interested in working in the development sector.
In this personal perspective, Tom Newby argues that high-income countries have a moral responsibility to decarbonise faster, and urges structural engineers to advocate for changes in the way infrastructure is designed and built in order to work towards this goal.
This article, based on the winning entry to the IStructE Excellence in Structural Engineering Education Award 2021, discusses innovative approaches implemented at Stellenbosch University, South Africa to develop technical competency in structural engineering and associated fields.
The development of a vernacular-improved affordable, sustainable, and seismically-resilient bamboo housing technology for Latin America and beyond.