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UNU-EHS Intensive Summer Course 2015 (formerly known as: UNU-EHS PhD Block Course)

The UNU-EHS Intensive Summer Course "Advancing Disaster Risk Reduction to Enhance Sustainable Development in a Changing World" highlights 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 the 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 in the 2015 /Post-2015 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;

  • Disaster coordination and management within national and international organizations (such as the UN).

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, and basic experience in vulnerability, risk and/or disaster management.

2015 Call for Applications


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