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Social Vulnerability Summer Academy

In 2005, the Munich Re Foundation entered into a partnership with the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) to support and initiate policy relevant research on social vulnerability. Together we have established a Chair on Social Vulnerability at UNU-EHS.

The Summer Academy combines academic research with practical exercises. Its main objectives are steep learning curves, illuminating insights and thinking in new terms.

Special attention is given to indigenous perceptions, participatory approaches and community-based coping practices to detect and reduce vulnerability. The goal is to develop a cutting-edge research and policy implementation agenda on social vulnerability, and to provide a platform for dialogue between scientists, established experts and UN representatives.

Read the article Summer study on social vulnerability written by Stephanie Andrei and Cosmin Corendea (both UNU-EHS) to get an insight into the Academy´s atmosphere and settings.

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