Professionals from a range of disciplines confront challenges related to disaster risk management and resilience, in poorer as much as wealthier regions. This minor prepares students from both the social and natural sciences for these challenges. It offers them the conceptual tools and professional, interdisciplinary, competencies to develop an effective and responsible engagement with processes of disaster risk, risk management, preparedness, and response.
This minor addresses social-institutional and technical-design dimensions of risk management and disaster-proof planning, and examines the interaction between them. It works with resilience as a central notion - indicating how disaster risk can be reduced or removed - but also debates the wide meanings of the term, from building the capacities of social, productive and ecological systems, to 'bouncing back' (or perhaps forward) after shocks. Education is case-based, integrating analysis and the design of solutions around specific examples.
After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:
- understand the history of disaster management and contrast different theories of disaster risk and risk reduction;
- operationalise the concepts of disaster, hazard, vulnerability and resilience, and relate these to their specific field of expertise;
- analyse, contrast and design disaster risk management strategies for resilient societies and environments;
- interpret the causes of a series of high-profile disasters worldwide, especially relating to storms, floods, droughts, and fires;
- engage in an interdisciplinary environment, and connect the social and technical dimensions of disaster risk and resilience, including social organisation and governance, land use/management, and climate;
- critically question how different social groups perceive disaster risk, and analyse why these differences affect responses and resilience efforts.
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BSc Minor Coordinator
- Dr. R.J. Coates
This minor aims to attract BSc students in International land and water management (BIL), Environmental Science (BES) and International Development Studies (BIN), and will also be interesting for those in Communication and Life Sciences (BCL), Forest and Nature Conservation (BBN), and other programmes in geography, climate, land use, and policy/politics. MSc students in cognate areas will also benefit. External students both Dutch and international are welcome.