Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Methods

Due to the global Covid-19 situation, this course will not be offered in 2021.

This course takes place in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka or Nepal), and includes one week of theory lectures and two weeks of field work/visit. In 2022 the course takes place in India.

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Assessing vulnerabilities and risks is a crucial task in any serious attempt to substantially reduce disaster losses. Without an understanding of the relevant risks, it is impossible to effectively prepare for or reduce them.

This intensive course focuses on the entire vulnerability and risk assessment process, from different methods for analysing risk to evaluating their results. The concept of vulnerability is vital in this context, as it allows us to understand why some individuals or systems are at more risk than others, thus widening our scope of possibilities for risk reduction.

The students of this course will go on a three week field trip in India, Sri Lanka or Nepal. This gives the student a chance to work in a developing country with the risk assessment methods they learn during the first week of the course.

Deadline for applications: 1 December 2020
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