Risk and Vulnerability Assessment
Volledige vakbeschrijvingHurricane Katrina, floods in Pakistan and Sri Lanka or the Fukushima crises are just some of the recent examples where natural hazards revealed societal vulnerability to extreme events. Identifying patterns and trends that increase risks and vulnerability is key for improving governance and sustainable development in the light of climate change and socio-economic transformation. What are key factors and indicators that allow characterizing vulnerability and risk to extreme events and climate change? How to assess and evaluate capacities of societies and communities to cope and adapt to changing environmental and socio- economic conditions in different world regions? And finally, how can assessment and monitoring systems inform governance processes of state and non-state actors and institutions at different scales?
Doelstellingen van dit vakThe course aims to advance the knowledge about risks and vulnerabilities of societies exposed to natural hazards and climate change. Students will learn on how to identify the determinants of risk and vulnerability as well as how to evaluate risk reduction strategies and climate change adaptation measures. In the light of climate change and global trends in urbanization and poverty new approaches in risk governance are essential. Risk governance as well as strategies for climate change adaptation need to be based on information about patterns and trends of vulnerability and risk. In this regard, course will deal with methods and tools on how to assess vulnerability and risk at various spatial scales to different hazards, such as floods and sea-level rise. The Vietnamese Mekong Delta, coastal areas in Sri Lanka and Indonesia are some of the case studies that are going to be used to examine risk patterns and methods to assess vulnerability. A key objective of the course is to show how such assessments are structured and conducted, how communities at risk are involved, and finally how these risk and vulnerability assessments are applied in governance processes. The students will also gain an insight into key international organizations involved in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, such as UN/ISDR and UNFCCC.
Aanbevolen literatuurAt risk: Natural hazards, people’ vulnerability and disaster. London, Routledge (Wisner, et al., 2004) Mapping vulnerability: Disasters, development and people. Routledge (Bankoff, et al., 2004) Measuring vulnerability to natural hazards: Towards disaster resilient societies. United Nations University Press (Birkmann, et al., 2006). Course reader
3 feb 2020
6 mrt 2020
Taal van de opleiding:Engels
Onderwijsmethode:Lecture(s), Training(s), PBL, Presentation(s), Assignment(s)
Evaluatiemethoden:Attendance, Participation, Presentation, Assignment, Written exam
Trefwoorden:Risk governance; Vulnerability and risk assessment; Climate change adaptation; Assessment methods