The growing frequency and magnitude of extreme environmental events (such as floods, landslides and drought) have intensified research interest in these events, in particular regarding the level of risk they pose in different locations, the vulnerability of communities and their response capabilities. The concept of human security focuses on threats that endanger the lives and livelihoods of individuals and communities. Safeguarding human security requires a new approach and a better understanding of many interrelated variables (such as social, political, economic, technological and environmental factors) that determine the impact of extreme events when they occur.
The overall goal of the Intensive Summer Course is to increase awareness regarding the complexity and importance of vulnerability and resilience in the field of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). The course is based on UNU-EHS key research questions, and covers the following major themes:
The time allotted for the Course is two weeks.
The Course is designed for academics and practitioners working in related fields who have already obtained (or are in the process of obtaining) a master’s degree. Commonly held master’s degrees are in geography, economics, social science, engineering, anthropology, environmental and/or natural science or related disciplines, along with basic experience in vulnerability, risk and/or disaster management.
PhD and/or Master Students in geography, economics, social science, engineering, anthropology, environmental and/or natural science or related disciplines
Interested Applicants must submit:
Only digital versions sent via email will be accepted. We do not accept applications sent via post. Completed application packets must be received by the date of deadline, 31 March 2016, 23:59 CET (Central European Time) for Bonn, Germany.
Any applications received with timestamps of 24:00 CET or later for the following day will be automatically excluded.
The UNU-EHS will select 20 applicants according to the qualifications and previous achievements. Notifications will be made by the end of April 2016.
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The main objectives of the course are to:
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