BSc minor Disaster and Recovery (WUDIR)

Every year, a number of major climate-related disasters captures the global headlines, while an even greater number has serious impacts at local or regional scales.

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Professionals from a range of disciplines confront challenges related to disaster response and recovery, in the developing world as well as closer to home. This minor intends to prepare  students from both the social and the egineering sciences for these challenges. It offers them the conceptual tools and professional competencies to develop an effective and responsible engagement with  processes of disaster and recovery.

Disasters have multiple and often far-reaching effects on  the built environment, and agricultural production systems as well as on socio-economic institutions. Especially where the capacity to recover is limited, livelihoods and social stability tend to suffer lasting consequences. Disaster governance seeks  to mitigate the damage caused by hazards and reduce future disaster risk , but are technical solutions also socially acceptable, and do they equally benefit all citizens?

This minor addresses the social-institutional and the technical-design dimensions of recovery and disaster-proof planning and examines the interaction between these different dimensions. It works with resilience as a central notion, referring to the capacity of social,  productive and ecological systems to bounce back after shocks. Education is case-based, integrating analysis and the design of solutions around specific cases.  

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:

  • understand, on a basic level, the origins and impacts of disasters;
    - analyse the interrelation between social and technical dimensions of recovery;
  • understand the concept of resilience and operationalize it to their specific field of expertise;
  • analyse and design solutions for resilience and recovery in their field of expertise;- engage in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • engage in an interdisciplinary environment.

Target group

This minor is aims to attract WU-students of the BSc programmes:
BIN International Development Studies
BIL International Land and Water Management
BMW Environmental Sciences

It might also be interestings for other BSc students in Development Studies and Geography, Development studies and Ecology, Environmental sciences, Dutch and international.

For Students not from Wageningen University who need to increase their courses from 24 to 30 ECTS we recommend you take the Period 4 course CPT-24306 Risk Communication. Wageningen University students can with approval of their examining board also exchange one course on the minor for this course or another, consistent with the planning of your degree programme."

Overlapping courses or content with

BIN-C International Development Studies Major C , contact the minor coordinator for advice.




Second semester (period 4, 5 and 6)

Programme or thematic

Thematic minor