Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Summer Academy on Social Vulnerability,which is being organized by the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) together with the Munich Re Foundation.
The 2012 Summer Academy, which will be held from 1–7 July in Munich, Germany, will explore the theme “From Social Vulnerability to Resilience: Measuring Progress toward Disaster Risk Reduction.” The aim is to bring together graduate (Ph.D.) students from around the world to engage with with scientists, international experts and academic professors, and thereby deepen analysis of climate change and social vulnerability, as well as ways to measure disaster risk management.
Applicants should have an interdisciplinary focus and be working on research or a dissertation related to measuring social vulnerability and resilience in the context of disaster risk management. Applications should be submitted to UNU-EHS no later than 31 January 2012.
The goal of the Summer Academy is to demonstrate the importance of providing evidence-based support for managing disaster risk. Over the past decade, the scientific research community has developed various ways to research and conceptualize social vulnerability to hazards and disasters. However, the development of indicators and benchmarks has lagged behind the theoretical and conceptual research in the field. In order to understand and monitor progress towards achieving the goal of disaster risk reduction and creating resilient communities, adequate and comparable measures on social vulnerability and disaster resilience are needed.
This year’s Summer Academy will address some of the methodological challenges in measuring social vulnerability and resilience. It will include tutorials on GIS technology and its use in hazard vulnerability assessments, as well as a series of content lectures and hands-on tutorials in interactive small groups.
For further information and application details, please see the UNU-EHS website.