Building Resilience and Adaptive Governance
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Crises and disasters cannot always be avoided. As such, building resilience and promoting adaptive governance are key issues in international discourse on how to respond to increasing frequencies and magnitudes of geophysical risks, geopolitical catastrophes, ICT hazards and severe meteorological events among other extreme phenomena (Chorafas et al. 2001; Adams, 1995). In this course, we learn from crises and develop cross-cutting strategies for more resilient and adaptive systems (infrastructural, social, ecological, etc) across multiple sectors, globally.
The course aims to develop an interdisciplinary perspective of resilience and adaptive governance in the light of social-ecological, geopolitical, environmental and technological transformation. The course will be informed by research undertaken in the fields of disaster risk reduction, development research, climate change adaptation, DR recovery, reconstructionand, earth system governance. The first part of the course will deal with the different conceptual and theoretical approaches to disaster risk governance. The second part will examine practical case studies on how resilience building can be examined from the household (micro-perspective) to the national, regional and global (macro-perspective) levels. Special emphasis will be given to the evaluation and identification of learning processes and changes before, during and after disasters. In this regard, students will also examine different risk financing instruments as well as explore different roles and mandates by relevant stakeholder at different governance levels.
- L.F. Krebs
- D.M. Mbuvi