Deakin University program

Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

This unit offers you an in-depth understanding of both Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM).

This program is part of the Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action degree offered by Deakin University

Equip yourself with key tools and analysis to deepen your understanding of disasters.

The unit looks at Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) approaches appropriate in Asia-Pacific and other world regions; examines the capacity of government and non-government systems to address the reduction of risks and disaster losses and cope with the development challenges that are brought about by disaster events; and analyses international DRR frameworks and partnerships.


5 courses

Delivered by expert academics

Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus. With world-class teaching and research, Deakin produces sought-after graduates poised to make a real difference in the world.

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Who will you learn with?

Daniel McAvoy is a Lecturer in Humanitarian Assistance. He has worked in humanitarian responses in Iraq, Kosovo, Indonesia and the Pacific for a range of organisations.

Learning outcomes

  • Analyse the nature of disaster risk and apply strategies for assessing risk, and articulate the relationship between climate change and disasters.
  • Critically assess the global policy frameworks, institutional structures and financing mechanisms relevant to disaster risk reduction and management.
  • Through undertaking research and analysis, critically evaluate and apply a range of programming approaches to disaster risk reduction, with a focus on community-based approaches and with particular attention to the needs of vulnerable groups.
  • Investigate the way in which national governments can prepare for disasters, including by establishing appropriate institutional structures, legal and policy frameworks and financing mechanisms, and by being prepared to interact with the international humanitarian system.
  • Reflect upon personal experience, academic and practitioner literature and course content to examine the nature of disaster risk, the usefulness and application of global DRR frameworks and practical strategies for reducing disaster risk, and make recommendations to enhance future practice.

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