The current landscape of disaster resilience education in Europe

Perdikou Skevi, Jiri Horak, Roshani Sandika Palliyaguru, Lena Halounova, Andrew Lees, Boyko Ranguelov, Lombardi Marco

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    Natural disaster events are continuously increasing in number and severity in recent years. In 2010, 263 million people were affected by disasters – 110 million more than in 2004, the year of the Asian tsunami. There is a need for citizens as well as public administrators to be educated in disaster resilience issues for better prevention, mitigation, preparedness and recovery from such events. Education in disaster resilience is of great importance for administrators forming policies and planning disaster response, managing post disaster actions and performing risk and vulnerability assessments. This paper presents the results from a study aimed to explore, analyse, compare and describe disaster resilience related higher education programmes in Europe in order to establish the existing capacity among European Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) to address the threats posed by hazards of natural and human origin. Results showed that there has been growth in disaster resilience higher education programmes in recent years, particularly at masters level, but there remains great potential for many more.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of 4th International Conference on Building Resilience
    Place of PublicationSalford
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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