The United Nations defines a disaster as a disruption of social and community function, involving so many losses and destructive impacts that affected communities and regions are unable to cope using their own resources. Global efforts to reduce the impacts of disasters over the last decade have failed to keep up with growing exposure of people and assets to natural and other hazards, which is generating new risks and a steady rise in disaster-related losses. To reverse this trend, UN member nations ratified the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015.
The Sendai Framework calls for a broader, more people-centred, preventative approach to disaster risk reduction, in which communities, government and private sectors, civil society organisations, academia, and research institutions work together to build resilience and develop collaborative disaster risk reduction practices.
This Professional Master’s degree provides an introduction to this rapidly evolving interdisciplinary field.
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Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience (MDRR) courses draw disaster risk and resilience content from social sciences, physical sciences, planning, geospatial, and engineering. Innovative teaching methods include role play disaster simulation exercises, field trips to major infrastructure assets/systems and disaster hotspots, leading guest lecturers from science, government and industry, and an internship programme.
MDRR students gain an understanding of:
- current disaster risk and resilience research and practice fields
- disaster risk drivers, risk communication, and disaster risk reduction strategies
- disaster resilience-building theory and practices.
Students must complete:
- DRRE 408 GIS for Disaster Risk and Resilience (unless prior work or experience in GIS is approved by the Director of Studies)
- DRRE 401 Introduction to Disaster Risk and Resilience
- DRRE 402 Natural Hazard Risk Assessment
- DRRE 403 Disaster Risk and Resilience Applications
- ERST 604 Advanced Urban, Regional and Resource Planning (Lincoln University)
- ERST 609 Advanced Risk and Resilience (Lincoln University)
- either a 60-point dissertation (DRRE 691 Professional Project in Disaster Risk and Resilience) or 60 points of further coursework from either UC or Lincoln University