Intensive Summer Course: Advancing Disaster Risk Reduction to Enhance Sustainable Development in a Changing World

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Bonn
Germany
Organizer(s)
United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security

About

The growing frequency and magnitude of extreme environmental events (such as floods, landslides and drought) have intensified research interest in these events, in particular regarding the level of risk they pose in different locations, the vulnerability of communities and their response capabilities. The concept of human security focuses on threats that endanger the lives and livelihoods of individuals and communities. Safeguarding human security requires a new approach and a better understanding of many interrelated variables (such as social, political, economic, technological and environmental factors) that determine the impact of extreme events when they occur.

The overall goal of the Intensive Summer Course is to increase awareness regarding the complexity and importance of vulnerability and resilience in the field of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). The course is based on UNU-EHS key research questions, and covers the following major themes:

  • Environmental, physical, social, and economical dimensions of vulnerability;
  • Processes and conditions that have an impact on vulnerability and determine vulnerability patterns (such as human mobility);
  • Measures and activities which enable shifting from vulnerability to resilience policy recommendations (such as the use of insurance and risk transfer);
  • International law and a rights based approach to the 2016/Post-2016 discussions on DRR, development, and climate change;
  • Using methods, models, geospatial technologies and hands-on practical exercises for understanding early warning systems, emergency response preparedness, DRR and CCA;
  • Early Warning Systems and Geospatial Technologies in support of disaster management, emergency response preparedness, DRR and CCA;
  • Disaster coordination and management within national and international organizations (such as the United Nations).(including Simulation Exercise).

The time allotted for the Course is two weeks.

Target Audience

The Course is designed for academics and practitioners working in related fields who have already obtained (or are in the process of obtaining) a master’s degree. Commonly held master’s degrees are in geography, economics, social science, engineering, anthropology, environmental and/or natural science or related disciplines, along with basic experience in vulnerability, risk and/or disaster management.

Requirements

PhD and/or Master Students in geography, economics, social science, engineering, anthropology, environmental and/or natural science or related disciplines

  • Doctorate candidates – in the early stages of PhD research or about to begin PhD studies
  • Master’s candidates – in late stages of study

or

  • Experienced Practitioners working in fields related to vulnerability, risk and/or disaster management who hold a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Fluency in English (B1/2)
  • Basic computer user knowledge

Applications

Applications are now closed.

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