UNU-EHS is composed of the following academic sections:
Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability & Adaptation Section – EMSVA
EMSVA undertakes empirical research on environmentally induced migration and social vulnerability. The section also addresses climate change adaptation including a range of activities such as disaster risk reduction and insurance-related approaches to help vulnerable countries and communities.
Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning Section – VARMAP
VARMAP develops frameworks, models and tools to assess vulnerability and risk linked to natural hazards using quantitative and qualitative measures. Additionally, the section explores options to reduce vulnerability and risk and to strengthen adaptive governance, e.g., through urban adaptation strategies in the context of extreme climate-related events and gradual changes.
Environmental Vulnerability & Ecosystem Services Section - EVES
EVES explores environmental deterioration processes such as water and
land degradation. Particularly, the section looks at remedial measures,
resources availability and robustness of ecosystem services, all within the
context of socioecological systems affected by environmental hazards.
Enhancing Graduate Educational Capacities for Human Security Section – EGECHS
EGECHS investigates the teaching – research nexus to enhance the graduate education and research training of the Institute. The section develops open educational resources on vulnerability and risk for sharing with educators, students and self-learners to use, reuse and adapt them in teaching, learning and research.