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Disaster Risk Management

Disaster Risk Management involves the application of disaster risk reduction policies and strategies. The intention is to contribute to more resilience in communities and reduction of losses due to disasters.

This minor aims to develop your competence to conduct complex risk assessments recognizing people’s broad spectrum of risks and vulnerabilities. ‘Resilience’ is applied as a concept which brings together the fields of poverty reduction, disaster risk reduction, environmental care and climate change adaptation. You’ll learn how to design or adjust activities so that people and communities become safer and more disaster-resilient. This contributes to conditions enabling sustainable development.

You’ll work on real-life cases. You’ll learn in those multiple discipline cases how to manage a consultancy assignment related to Disaster Risk Management with real commissioners.

Added value:

In today’s world the number, complexity and impact of disasters are increasing. Disaster risk management (DRM) has become a cornerstone of international development. There is urgency to reduce disaster losses and a need to reduce the impact of disasters. You will learn how to contribute to this reduction, to more resilience and to better conditions enabling sustainable development.


You are 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.




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