Online course in Science, Engineering & Maths

Researching Risk, Disasters and Emergencies

Learning how to research disasters and related fields so you can understand how to help people during moments of crisis.

Researching Risk, Disasters and Emergencies

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
This course is part of the program Researching Perspectives and Practice, which is one of the building blocks that leads to degrees in MSc Emergency Management and Resilience and MSc Disaster Management and Resilience. Find out more.

Understand how to research risk, disasters and emergencies

How can we help other people before and or during disasters? How we can improve water and sanitary facilities in refugee camps? How can drones and virtual reality technologies help with emergency response exercises? Get answers to these questions and more with this course that explains the vital research processes necessary for responses to emergencies and disasters.

You will have the opportunity to learn how to design, prepare and carry out research into these and other areas. You will examine the approaches to summarising and writing up your research.

What topics will you cover?

  • The wider research process
  • How to identify a meaningful title
  • Writing an effective literature review
  • Choosing the best data collection methods
  • Research ethics issues

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced
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What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore what research is and why it is important
  • Explore the research process
  • Develop and derive a suitable research question
  • Explore how to utilise library resources for research
  • Compare effective research strategies
  • Summarise and effectively review literature

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in carrying out research into risk, emergency, crisis, disaster and resilience disciplines.

Who will you learn with?

Yung-Fang Chen

Yung-Fang Chen

I am senior lecturer in disaster management at Coventry University. I am interested in pedagogy for emergency and crisis response training/exercises and risk communication.

Who developed the course?

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

Advance your career with a degree

What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
Join and complete the program
Get academic credit for an online degree from Coventry University

Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Researching Perspectives and Practice, which is one of the building blocks that leads to degrees in MSc Emergency Management and Resilience and MSc Disaster Management and Resilience.