BSc Minor Disaster and Recovery (WUDIR) / BSc


Every year, a number of major climate-related disasters captures the global headlines, while an even greater number has serious impacts at local or regional scales. Professionals from a range of disciplines confront challenges related to disaster response and recovery, in the developing world as well as closer to home. This minor intends to prepare students from both the social and the egineering sciences for these challenges. It offers them the conceptual tools and professional competencies to develop an effective and responsible engagement with processes of disaster and recovery.
Disasters have multiple and often far-reaching effects on the built environment, and agricultural production systems as well as on socio-economic institutions. Especially where the capacity to recover is limited, livelihoods and social stability tend to suffer lasting consequences. Disaster governance seeks to mitigate the damage caused by hazards and reduce future disaster risk , but are technical solutions also socially acceptable, and do they equally benefit all citizens?This minor addresses the social-institutional and the technical-design dimensions of recovery and disaster-proof planning and examines the interaction between these different dimensions. It works with resilience as a central notion, referring to the capacity of social, productive and ecological systems to bounce back after shocks. Education is case-based, integrating analysis and the design of solutions around specific cases. This BSc minor is a thematic minor.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:
- understand, on a basic level, the origins and impacts of disasters;
- analyse the interrelation between social and technical dimensions of recovery;
- understand the concept of resilience and operationalize it to their specific field of expertise;
- analyse and design solutions for resilience and recovery in their field of expertise;- engage in an interdisciplinary environment.
- engage in an interdisciplinary environment.

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BSc Minor Coordinator

Dr. Robert Coates
Phone: 0317-(4)88295

Target Group

This minor aims to attract WU-students of the BSc programmes International Development Studies (BIN), International land and water management (BIL), and BMW, amongst others. It might also be interestings for other BSc students in Development Studies and Geography, Development studies and Ecology, Environmental sciences, Dutch and international.