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2014/2015  KAN-CCBLV3006U  Sustainable Development, Disasters and the Private Sector

English Title
Sustainable Development, Disasters and the Private Sector

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn, Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 40
Max. participants 80
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Andrew Crabtree - MSC
  • Andrew Crabtree - MSC
Course Administrator: Tove Pedersen (tpe.ikl@cbs.dk)
Main academic disciplines
  • International Political Economy
  • Political Science
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 09-04-2014
Learning objectives
The course’s development of personal competences:
In addition to improving their intellectual skills, students will have the possibility to make presentations and be involved in group work.

At the end of the course, and based on a thorough knowledge of the reading, the students should be able to account for, and critically reflect upon, the most important concepts in relation to Disaster Risk Reduction, sustainability and development. They should be able to analyze the leading issues relating to themes and the private sector. Students should be able to connect themes relating to global, regional, national and local levels
Sustainable Development, Disasters and the Private Sector:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 3 pages
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure
Short presentation, questions and discussion
Course content and structure
The post-2015 United Nations development agenda will see sustainable development placed at its core particularly climate change and environmental degradation.  Consequently a corresponding increase in attention will be given to `natural´ disasters and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). This course will concern DDR and the private sector. It will provide an overarching view of the post-2015 Agenda, including the Hyogo Framework, an introduction to DRR theory and a critical discussion of disasters and the private sector in developing countries looking at the effects of disasters on the private and informal sectors and a wide variety of roles the private sector can play in DRR.  It will draw on case studies n diverse developing countries as well as in relation to humanitarian aid.
Teaching methods
Student workload
course attendance and reading 250 hours
Further Information
Changes in course schedule may occur
Friday 09.50-11.30, week 36-41, 43-51
Expected literature
1. Introduction: Disasters and Sustainable Development I

 What is a disaster, where are they and what can we expect? Collins, Andrew E., (2009) Disasters and Development, Routledge, Oxon Chapters 1-4 inclusive.

Strongly recommended further reading
Wisner, B and Gaillard, J.C. (2009) An Introduction to Neglected Disasters, Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, Vol. 2 Nr.3

B. Wisner, P. Blaikie, T. Cannon, and I. Davis (2004). At Risk – Natural hazards, people's vulnerability and disasters. Wiltshire: Routledge
Cannon, T (2008) Vulnerability, “innocent” disasters and the imperative of cultural understanding. Disaster Prevention and Management Vol. 3 No. 17 pp 350-357

2. Disasters and Sustainable Development II
Collins, Andrew E., (2009) Disasters and Development, Routledge, Oxon Chapters 5-Conclusion inclusive

3.Disasters and climate change
IPCC (2012): Summary for Policymakers. In: Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation [Field, C.B., V. Barros, T.F. Stocker, D. Qin, D.J. Dokken, K.L. Ebi, M.D. Mastrandrea, K.J. Mach, G.-K. Plattner, S.K. Allen, M. Tignor, and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. A Special Report of Working Groups I and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, and New York, NY, USA, pp. 3-21.

Hyogo Biaginia, B and Millera A (2013) Engaging the private sector in adaptation to climate change in developing countries: importance, status, and challenges, Climate and Development, Vol. 5, No. 3, 242–252

Strongly recommended further reading: Pelling, M. (2011) Adaption to Climate Change: From resilience to transformation, Routlage, London and New York

4. Disasters, Livelihoods and the `Informal Sector´

Wisner, B. (2004) Assessment of Capability and Vulnerability in Bankoff, G., Hilhorst, D,. Frerks G. Mapping Vulnerability: Disasters, Development and People Earthscan, London McSweeney K and Coomes, O.T., (2011)

Climate-related disaster opens a window of opportunity for rural poor in northeastern Honduras. Proceedings of the National Acadamy of Sciences of the United States of America Chhotray V and Few R. (2012) Post-disaster recovery and ongoing vulnerability: Ten years after the super-cyclone of 1999 in Orissa, India. Global Environmental Change Vo. 22. Issue 3 August Pages 695-702

5. Vulnerability of the Private Sector

Zhang, Y.,. Lindell, M.K. and Prater C.S (2009) Vulnerability of community businesses to environmental disasters Disasters, Volume 33, Issue 1, January 2009, Pages: 38–57 Haraguchi, M and Lall U., (2013) Flood Risks and Impacts Future Research Questions and Implication to Private Investment Decision-Making for Supply Chain Networks UNISDR Geneva, Switzerland De Mel, S.,

McKenzie, D. Woodruff C (2012) Enterprise Recovery Following Natural Disasters, The Economic Journal, Volume 122, Issue 559, pages 64–91, March

6.Public Private Partnerships

Roeth H. (2009) The Development of a Public Private Partnership Framework and Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia, UN Sarmiento J, Hoberman G, Ilcheva, M, Asgari, A, Majano, A.M., Poggione S and Duran L. R. (2013) Private Sector and Disaster Risk Reduction: The Cases of Bogota, Miami, Kingston, San Jose, Santiago and Vancouver Geneva, Switzerland

7. Resilience and the Private Sector

Cannon, T. and Müller-Mahn, D,. (2010) Vulnerability, resilience and development Discourses in context of climate change. Natural Hazards (online)

Gerulis-Darcy M (2013) Implications of the Global Political Economy on Vulnerability to Disaster: The Case of Long-Term Structural Adjustment Policies in Nicaragua, UNISDR Geneva, Switzerland

Chen, J. Hsuan T, Chen, Y, Vertinsky, I, Yumagulova L, and Park C. (2013) Public–Private Partnerships for Resilient Communities, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management Volume 21 Number 3 September

8. Tourism: Small Island Developing States and Coasts

Kelman, Ilan, 2013. No Change from Climate Change: Vulnerability and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Geographical Journal, (In Press).

Bernard, K and Cook s (2013) Tourism Investment Choices and Flood Risk: illustrative case study on Denarau Island Resort in Fiji, UNISDR Geneva, Switzerland

Wright N (2013) Small Island Developing States, disaster risk management, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and tourism UNISDR Geneva, Switzerland

Jyotiraj Patra (2013) Coasts, Ports and Communities : The Emerging Dynamics of Investment-Risk Interactions in Odisha, India UNISDR Geneva, Switzerland

9. Drought, Famines and the private Sector

Sen, A. (1981) Ingredients of Famine Analysis: Availability and Entitlements The Quarterly Journal of Economics 96 (3): 433-464

Gubbles, P. (2013) Changing the Development Paradigm: Key to Managing Drought Risk in areas of Chronic Food Insecurity in Africa Hill, H. and Pittman, J. 2012. Agriculture and Disaster Risk Reduction. Draft contributing paper submitted to the UNISDR’s GAR 13. Unpublished manuscript. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon, Canada.

10. Health

Johannessen, A. Rosemarin, A Gerger Swartling Å, Han, G, Vulturius G and Stenström T.A. Linking Investment Decisions with Disaster Risk Reduction in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): The Role of the Public and Private Sectors, Potentials for Partnership and Social Learning UNISDR Global Assessment Report 13 Paper

11. Insurance

Akter, S. Brouwer R. van Beukering P.J.H. French, L, Silver E, Choudhury S. Aziz, S.S. (2011) Exploring the feasibility of private micro flood insurance provision in Bangladesh Disasters. Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 287–307, April

Warner, K. Ranger, N, Surminski, S. Arnold, M, Bayer JL, Michel-Kerjan, E, Kovacs, P. Herweijer C. (2013) Adaption to Climate Change: Linking Disaster Risk Reduction and Insurance. UNISDR, Geneva

12. Technology and Humanitarian Action

UN-APCICT/ESCAP (2009) ICT for Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia and the Pacific: An Overview of Trends, Practices and Lessons Case Studies 1. The Bangladesh Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme and ICTs -

Shanta R. Halder and Tasdiq Ahmed 2. Integrated Information and Communication System for Emergency Management in Bangladesh Manzul Kumar Hazarika, Dwijendra Kumar Das and Lal Samarakoon IRFC (2013) Summery of Technology and Humanitarian Action World Disasters Report www.irfc.org

13. Logistics and the Private Sector

Holguín-Veras, J., Jaller, M., Van Wassenhove, L.N., Perez N., Wachtendorf T., (2012) On the unique features of post-disaster humanitarian logistics, Journal of Online Operations, Vol. 30 Issues 7-8 November Pages 494-506 Drebek T.E., (1992) Variations in Disaster Evacuation Behavior: Public Responses Versus Private Sector Executive Decision-Making Processes Disasters Vol. 16, Issue 2 pages 104–118, June

14. Rethinking our conceptions?

A historical approach to disasters in the Philippines Bankoff, Greg. (2002) Cultures of Disasters , 2002, p152-178 and Conclusion: Hazard as a frequent life experience in Cultures and Disasters, Taylor and Francis, Abingdon GFDRR (2010) Typhoons Ondoy and Peping: Post-Disaster Needs Assessment, ASDB

15. Hyogo and Beyond

Pelling. M. and Dill, K. (2010) Disaster Politics: tipping points for change in the adaption of sociopolitical regimes, Progress in Human Geography 34:12

Pelling, M and Manuel-Navarrete D (2011) From Resilience to Transformation: the Adaptive Cycle in Two Mexican Urban Centres Ecology and Society 16 (2): 11

Suggested web sites: 1. EMDAT has all up to date data on disasters: http://www.emdat.be/ 2. UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR): http://www.unisdr.org/ and prevention web: http:/​/​www.preventionweb.net 3. Responding to climate change: http://www.rtcc.org/ 4. International Federation Red Cross Red Crescent www.irfc.org
Last updated on 09-04-2014