Resilience is the ability of a community to weather and quickly recover from natural disasters.  Community resilience is a combination of hazard mitigation, disaster preparedness, disaster response, and recovery.  As a disaster prone country, Icelandic society has developed institutions and policies that create resilience in the face of disaster.  As a small country, Iceland is an excellent real-world laboratory for studying societal preparation for and response to natural disasters.

The goal is to provide the participants with knowledge and understanding of how the interdependencies between different social, technical and natural worlds can minimize the disrupting consequences of natural hazards within communities.

The course is tailor-made for students who want to make crisis management, public governance and/or policy making as their profession whether they have background in technical -, or social sciences. Students from physical sciences are also welcomed to participate.

The course is given 5-27 June 2014. Please consult the course webpage for more details. If you have questions please contact us.

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profile-asthildurDr. Delta SilvaDr. John Osteraas of Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting