Course Objective:

Disaster governance and risk management particularly for natural hazards is an emerging concept in the disaster research that is closely related to risk and environmental governance. Disaster governance is nested within and influenced by overarching societal governance systems. Mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a governance process enabling the systematic integration of DRR concerns into all relevant development spheres. Well-coordinated and efficient disaster governance approaches contribute to long-term sustainability. The objective of this course is to provide students with a sound knowledge on major and emerging issues and viewpoints confronting recent trend on disaster governance, policy and risk management. The course will also develop the skills of students to analyze the critical issues and challenges on the risk governance and policy related to the natural hazards. 


Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the students will be able to:

·       Explain the concepts of disaster risk governance

·       Explain Policy issues at the National and subnational level pertaining to disaster risk management

·       Analyze rural and urban development concerns and its linkages with disaster risk

·       Do critical analysis for DRR mainstreaming challenges in regional and local context


Prerequisite: None

Course Outline:


I.               Concepts on Background

1.   Disaster Risk Management Concepts

2.   Disaster Management Phases

3.   Risk Governance for Natural Disasters

4.   Importance of Disaster Governance and Challenges


II.             Development and Disaster Risk Reduction

1.   Urban and Rural Development concepts

2.   Good Governance and DRR

3.   Local governance and Decentralization

4.   Framework for DRR Mainstreaming

5.   Regional and National Eco-DRR initiatives

6.   Environment, Development and DRR


III.           Disaster Governance and Policy, Planning

1.   Asian and South Asian DRR initiatives

2.   International and Regional Policy on DRR

3.   Economic impacts and Insurance for Natural Disasters

4.   Safe city initiatives and Urban planning

5.   Tools and techniques for Needs assessment for DRR and Resilience


IV.            Institutional Framework

1.   International and Regional institutions on Disaster Risk Management

2.   International and Regional roles and responsibilities

3.   Roles and responsibilities at national and local level

4.   Participatory Planning and role of community


Laboratory Session(s): None