The growing frequency and magnitude of extreme environmental events (such as floods, landslides and drought) have intensified research interest in such events — in particular, regarding the level of risk that they pose in different locations, the vulnerability of the affected communities, and local response capabilities. Safeguarding human security requires a new approach and a better understanding of the interrelated social, political, economic, technological and environmental factors that determine the impact of extreme events when they occur.
The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), in close collaboration with the University of Bonn, invites young scientists to apply for the 2012 PhD Block Course “From Vulnerability to Resilience in Disaster Risk Management”. This two-week course will be conducted from 16 – 27 April 2012 at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany. The main objectives of the course are to increase awareness regarding the complexity and importance of vulnerability and resilience in the field of disaster risk management, and to explore options for reducing vulnerability and risk by improved adaptive capacities.
The course is addressed to PhD candidates in the initial phase of their PhD studies. Applicants should have an interdisciplinary focus and be working on research or a dissertation related to vulnerability and resilience in the context of disaster risk management.
Note that expenses (travel, local transportation, hotel accommodation and daily subsistence) will not be covered by UNU-EHS.
The application deadline is 10 February 2012. For further information, see the “Call for applications” page on the UNU-EHS website.