The Risk Management module

The Risk Management module is the most multidisciplinary module of the CERG-C course. It includes several aspects of risk analysis. In particular, this module is focused on the best ways, according to literature, past experiences and lessons learnt, to make sound decisions in order to reduce damages and to mitigate the impact of hazards on societies. Significant time and effort is devoted to understand risk assessment and management tools and methods used in a range of disciplines. The Risk Management module brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts representing fields such as social science, geography, land-use planning, statistics, modeling, and economics.


Teaching Team

  • Scira Menoni (Vulnerability and Land Use) - MODULE CO-RESPONSIBLE
  • Chris Gregg (Early Warning Systems and Social Studies) - MODULE CO-RESPONSIBLE
  • Ali Asgary (Crisis and emergency management)
  • Marc Gordon (disaster risk reduction international policy)
  • Seda Kundak (Land use planning)
  • Sam Lagier (Presentation Skills)
  • Miguel Molina (Media Communications)
  • Giulia Pesaro (economic vulnerability)
  • Anna Scolobig (social perception)
  • Cees Van Westen (Multi-hazard risk assessment)



The goal of the Risk Management module is to provide participants with some fundamental tools they can use to assess risk and provide solutions to risk management questions in their respective countries. We show the complexity of managing risk by introducing participants to diverse and often dynamic factors that influence risk, but then we train participants in the application of specific techniques to assess and manage risk across a range of conditions.

Associated Field Trip

A one week long field trip to the Island of La Palma in the Canary Islands (Spain) allows students to work on risk management in the context of volcanic hazards. Go to the Volcanic Risk page for more information.


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