• Deakin University

Natural Disaster Recovery and Management

Explore socio-economic and business perspectives on natural disaster management to build resilience and quantify recovery.

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Natural Disaster Recovery and Management

  • 3 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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Discover the field of disaster management

With natural disasters and man-made crises increasing in frequency and severity, the field of disaster management is more important today than ever.

As well as emergency responders in the immediate aftermath of crises, there is a need for professionals who can design, monitor, and evaluate risk reduction, recovery, and resilience strategies.

On this three-week course from Deakin University, you’ll explore various aspects of disaster management. From risk assessment and reduction to relief and economic recovery, you’ll gain a comprehensive overview of socio-economic and business perspectives in the field.

Understand disaster risk reduction and cost-benefit analysis

After an introduction to the principles of disaster management, you’ll delve deeper into two crucial aspects: disaster risk reduction (DRR) and cost-benefit analysis (CBA).

Using real-world case studies from around the world, you’ll learn how CBA can be used as a method for assessing the viability and advisability of investing in disaster risk reduction (DRR).

Use economics to quantify disaster preparedness, impact, and recovery

In the third and final week of the course, you’ll begin applying economic frameworks to quantify disaster impact and recovery levels within a community.

You’ll be empowered to use your business and economic expertise to improve disaster response capabilities and enhance preparedness.

By the end of the course, you’ll be ready to make your own contribution to the crucial field of natural disaster management.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds MEHMET ULUBASOGLU: The world is facing unprecedented challenges with increasingly disastrous natural hazards. How can we build disaster-resilient communities? What elements contribute to effective disaster risk reduction? What factors accelerate recovery from disasters?

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 seconds On average, disasters happen almost daily. They claim more than 100 deaths, affect thousands of individuals, and cause more than $200 million in losses every day. It takes years for affected communities to recover. In some cases, they may not have even yet recovered before the next disaster strikes. Understanding the complexities of disaster management is more critical than ever. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or just starting in the profession, this course will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to make a real impact in disaster management. You will gain insights that transcend borders and shape your understanding of disaster management on a global scale.

Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds Consider this as your invitation to be part of the discussion, sharing your thoughts and experiences to enrich our collective understanding. In short, this is not just a course. It’s a journey towards shaping a safer, more resilient world. Join now to embark on this educational journey where global expertise meets the online classroom. Together, let’s make a difference.


  • Week 1

    Disaster management

    • Let’s get started

      Meet your teaching team and other learners, and find essential information about this course, including valuable tips and links to help you get the most out of your learning.

    • Impacts of disasters

      Natural disasters, their evolving patterns, and the diverse range of impacts they bring about.

    • What is disaster management?

      An overview of disaster management and its phases.

    • Weekly wrap

      Let’s wrap up week one and see what’s in for next week.

  • Week 2

    Disaster risk and cost benefit analysis

    • Disaster risk management

      Identifying, assessing, and mitigating potential hazards to minimise the impact of natural disasters.

    • Disaster risk reduction (DRR)

      Recognising the essential nature of disaster risk reduction (DRR).

    • Cost-benefit analysis (CBA)

      The importance of conducting a cost-benefit analysis before investing in DRR projects.

    • Weekly wrap

      Let’s wrap up week two and see what’s in for next week.

  • Week 3

    Disaster impact and economic recovery from disasters

    • The role of data in disaster management

      The importance of data, data structure and types.

    • Difference-in-Difference (DiD) method

      Leaning more about Difference-in-Difference (DiD) method with case studies.

    • Disaster relief programs and their effectiveness

      Learn about disaster aid and support programs and measuring their effectiveness.

    • Course wrap

      What we learnt and further learning with Deakin University.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the principles, concepts, and frameworks associated with disaster management
  • Assess disaster risk and perform a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures
  • Apply an economic framework to quantify disaster impact and economic recovery from disasters
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of disaster relief programs in Australian and Asian context through real-life case studies

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the important field of disaster management.

It will be particularly useful for decision-makers, policymakers, and researchers interacting with the Emergency or Disaster Management (EDM) sector, as well as for graduates seeking a career in the sector.

Who will you learn with?

Mehmet Ulubasoglu is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Deakin Business School. Mehmet is currently the Head of the Department of Economics.

Lan Anh Tong is a research fellow at Department of Economics and Center for Disaster Resilience and Recovery at Deakin University.

Hemant Pullabhotla is a Lecturer of Economics in the Department of Economics, Deakin Business School.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

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    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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