Course Objective:

The objective of this course is to develop the student skills and knowledge on the disaster risk reduction process for the communities at the local level. The course will also provide knowledge to understand the importance of community participation in the disaster risk reduction and management process. The course covers aspects as diverse as stakeholder analysis, vulnerability and resource assessment, participatory approaches in Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR), risk reduction implementation, advocacy and challenges faced.


Learning Outcomes:

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

·       Apply the principles and concepts of community based approaches of disaster risk management

·       Identify the major issues and concerns of the community-at-risk

·       Apply tools and techniques of Disaster Risk Assessment

·       Evaluate the strategies and frameworks for community based disaster risk reduction


Prerequisite: None


Course Outline:


I.           Theory, Concepts and Approaches

1.   Fundamental Features, Elements and Processes

2.   Concepts and Approaches

3.   Regional and International perspectives

4.   Concepts of Social capital


II.         Participatory Approaches to Disaster Risk Assessment and DRR Planning

1.   Community Training

2.   Tools and Techniques for Participatory Approaches

3.   Community Risk Reduction Plan

4.   Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation


III.       Disaster Risk Assessment at the Community Level

1.   Community based Hazard and Natural Disaster Risk Assessment 

2.   Capacity and Vulnerability Assessment

3.   Analysis of Stakeholders and Resources

4.   Social Accountability and Commitment of CBDRR Practitioners


IV.       Community Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction

1.   Disaster Risk Reduction Measures

2.   Community Early Warning System

3.   Strengthening Livelihoods through Resilience

4.   Disaster Education and Community Awareness

5.   Ecosystem Approach for Community resilience


Laboratory Sessions (Field based practicum):

1.   Selection of Study Area (District / Tambon)

2.   Developing Framework for Hazard, risk and vulnerability assessment

3.   Assessing data needs (Primary and Secondary) and identification of stakeholders

4.   Preparation of checklists and short questionnaire for field survey

5.   Field visit, survey and data acquisition

6.   Analysis and report


Learning Resources:


Textbooks: No designated textbook, but class notes and handouts will be provided


Reference Books:

1.     Ben Wisner, Piers Blaikie, Terry Cannon and Ian Davis (2003), At Risk: Natural Hazards, People's Vulnerability and Disasters, Routledge, Taylor and Francis, USA.

2.     Gilbert F. White (1974), Natural Hazards: Local, National, Global, Oxford University Press, New York.

3.     Kamal Taori (2005), Disaster Management through Panchayati Raj, Concept Publishing Company, India.


Journals and Magazines:

1.     Disaster Management and Response, Emergency Nurses Association

2.     Disaster Prevention and Management, Emerald.

3.     Disaster, The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management, Blackwell

4.     Global Journal of Human Social Science, Global Journals Inc.

5.     International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Emerald.

6.     International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disaster, International Research Committee on Disasters International Sociological Association

7.     Journal of Contingency and Crisis Management, Wiley