The United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) Intensive Summer Course (former: Block Course) highlights 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 the UNU-EHS key research questions, and covers the following major themes: 

  • Environmental, physical, social, and economical dimensions of vulnerability;
  • Processes and conditions that have an impact on vulnerability and determine vulnerability patterns (such as human mobility);
  • Measures and activities which enable shifting from vulnerability to resilience policy recommendations (such as the use of insurance and risk transfer);
  • International law and a rights based approach in the 2015 /Post-2015 discussions on DRR, development, and climate change;
  • Using methods, models, geospatial technologies and hands-on practical exercises for understanding early warning systems,  emergency response preparedness, DRR and CCA;
  • Disaster coordination and management within national and international organizations (such as the UN).

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, and basic experience in vulnerability, risk and/or disaster management. The Course is also offered on an annual basis in cooperation with the University of the Free State, South Africa, and the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

Block Courses Bonn: From Vulnerability to Resilience in Disaster Risk Management
Block Courses South Africa: Vulnerability and Disaster Risk Reduction
Summer Academy