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Disaster Risk Management

This minor aims to develop students’ competence to conduct complex risk assessments recognizing people’s broad spectrum of risks and vulnerabilities including underlying causes. ‘Resilience’ is applied as a concept which brings together the fields of poverty reduction, disaster risk reduction, environmental care, and climate change adaptation, and offers opportunities to ‘work across silos’ meaning integrating various disciplines by sharing different analytical frameworks and methods. Students work on real-life cases, and learn how to manage a consultancy assignment related to Disaster Risk Management with real commissioners.

This includes the competence to build knowledge and skills specifically related to an assignment (e.g. technical aspects specific for an assignment).


The student is able:
• To conduct complex risk assessments using mixed methods including GIS and ICT applications
• To apply various integrated approaches to address crucial issues to build community resilience
• To articulate governance challenges and opportunities, and suggest operational recommendations to address challenges and seize opportunities while reducing risks
• To express awareness of how to deal with multiple views, interests and agendas of different stakeholders, recognizing power dynamics in defining risk problems and solutions
• To design, present and discuss multi-level, multi-actor interventions and (financial) strategies to reduce risks
• To work as consultant/advisor on a real-life assignment in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction

Aanvullende informatie

In case of a low number of applications for the minor, the minor may not be offered. After closing the registration period, you will be informed as soon as possible (no later than 7 June 2019).




Combination of written exams, portfolio and oral exams as mentioned for the five (5) concerned study units in the Education and Examination Regulation (EER) 2019-20, study programme International Development Management

Rating scale: Numeral 0 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass).


Literature will be made available through Moodle Rooms.


Approximate student workload hours in total = 840

Indicative student workload hours per type of activity:
160 hours - attending lectures
210 hours - studying literature
240 hours - team work
150 hours - individual assignments
40 hours - coaching
40 hours - fieldwork/workshops