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Disruptive Events: (Inter)national Disaster, resilience and Climate change

Our society is changing due to constant external events. In this ½ year multidisciplinary minor programme, you will acquire a broad overview of external events impacting nature and society, and discover how to monitor, respond and act. You will learn how to professionally deal with disruptive events in society, such as natural disasters and climate change. 

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Each year more people are on the move because of disasters and conflict. Due to climate change every year the number of disaster events is increasing, causing migration. The resulting migration flows have impact on society. Within and between cities, countries an increasing polarization is seen. You will familiarize and analyze the most common approaches and think about the resilience of societies, as well as the resilience of nature. How can both nature and society deal with and recover from disaster events?

To answer that question you need experience in analyzing complex challenges and providing sustainable solutions for international and national disaster contexts. This knowledge and experience is offered in different courses, through experiments, simulations, projects, field trips, lectures, workshops and literature.


 Provide students with a multidisciplinary background, methods and perspectives in order to design and manage integrated reliance strategies.

· Bridge specific competencies about resilience with the need of the real world complexity and practices.

· Provide students with tools for environmental monitoring and spatial analysis and showcase their relevance for organizations / governments.

· Learn students how to communicate with stakeholders involved in the environmental multidisciplinary problem, in order to achieve a common goal.

· Allow students to become the future professionals able to address the complexity of disaster resilience.

Aanvullende informatie

Location: Den Bosch (with some activities scheduled in Breda)

This minor programme is a collaboration between 4 academies of Avans University of Applied Sciences; Built Environment and Infrastructure, Governance and Security, Life Sciences and Environmental Technology* and Social Studies. The programme is hosted by the School of the Built Environment and Infrastructure. Therefore, the minor is formally part of the bachelor programme “Bouwkunde Den Bosch (BOU-H)”. You will need this information to apply (Studielink)

Minimum number of participants: 16

This programme is fully in English (unless only Dutch students participate)

An international study trip is part of the programme. The additional costs for this trip are approx. € 500 *

*Please contact us if this is financially not feasible for you.


· 120 ECTS points or equivalent (approximately 2 years of study) at the Bachelor level or higher (including propaedeutic diploma, exceptions will be reviewed by the minor coordinator)

· Students should be able to follow classes, present and submit their work in English and be able to work in an international group of students/researchers

· Basic knowledge about Geographical Information Systems

· Basic level (approximately one year) of a technical study (Environmental Sciences, Geosciences, Information Technology/Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering)

· A desire to learn more about the environment, biodiversity, ecology and geography and the social impact.

The target students to be involved in this program are mainly environmental science students, planners, architects, civil engineers, social scientists, communication experts, political scientists, engineers and geographers. However, the program does not exclude students with another specialisation.


To be announced in course manual.


This is a fulltime programme from August - February (Fall semester).