SDC-52306 Institutions, Recovery and Resilience


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work4
Excursion (one day)8
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. G van der Haar
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. G van der Haar
dr. RJ Coates
ir. EPM Heijmans
MSc NF Meriggi
Examiner(s)dr. ir. G van der Haar

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

SDC-35306 Natural Hazards and Disasters or equivalent.

Continuation courses:

SDC-34306 Conflict, Development and Disaster; SDC-34806 Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction; SDC-31306 Property Rights, Natural Resources and Conflict; ESS-52306 Flood-proof planning and preparedness (taught in same period)


This course is part of the Minor Disaster and Recovery. The course addresses socio-institutional aspects of disaster response and recovery. The course is structured around two main questions: 1) what role do formal and informal institutions play in shaping societies' resilience to disasters? and 2) how can institution-building contribute to enhancing societies' resilience? The course introduces students to the kinds of institutions that play a role in how societies deal with disasters - social, economic and political, and formal as well as informal. It offers students tools to analyse how societies are impacted by crises, the role institutions and governance play in the response to crises and how institutional change takes shape in recovery processes. The interaction between natural and man-made disasters receives specific attention, given that natural hazards often have particularly devastating impacts on regions affected by violent conflict, state fragility or severe social exclusion.The course includes a group assignment in which the nature of a disaster situation is analysed and directions of a solution are proposed.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand and analyse the role of formal and informal institutions in disaster response and recovery;
- understand and analyse the impact of disasters on formal and informal institutions in society;
- critically reflect on the concept of societal resilience;
- recognize how social and technical dimensions of recovery and resilience interact;
- analyse, and develop proposals for, institution-building with a view to enhancing societal resilience to crises.


- classroom lectures with active participation of students;
- supervised tutorials and group work;
- one-day practical assignment/excursion.


- written exam;
- report on assignment.


Will be made available at start of course, through MyPortal.

Compulsory for: WUDIRBSc Minor Disaster and Recovery6MO