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PhD block course "Vulnerability and Disaster Risk Reduction"

UNU-EHS in close collaboration with the  University of the Free State Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (UFS-DiMTEC) invites MSc students and practitioners to apply and participate in the PhD block course "Vulnerability and Disaster Risk Reduction".

The overall goal of the course is to increase the awareness regarding the complexity and importance of vulnerability and resilience in the field of disaster risk management.

Course syllabus

Date & venue

28 January - 5 February 2013

Provincial Disaster Management Centre in Cape Town, South Africa

Please note:

Inquiries regarding the course fees should be addressed to Ms. Alice Ncube at the University of Free State (ncubea@ufs.ac.za or + 27 51 401 2721/9701).

UNU-EHS or UFS-DiMTEC WILL NOT cover any travel, local transport or accommodation costs of students accepted. Accepted participants will have to organize their own accommodation while attending the short course.


How to apply

Please fill the application form and send it together with your CV to

Deadline: 14 January 2013

Application form


Vilma Hossini