Shelter and Settlements in Disasters

A blended learning course - six weeks online and two weeks in Copenhagen.

The number and complexity of disasters is growing significantly. Governments and international organizations, therefore, make great effort to increase their technical, financial and organizational preparedness for addressing disasters in a predictable, timely and efficiently manner. Reducing risk and vulnerabilities as well as adapting to climate change is part of these efforts.

While the needs for disaster response are on the increase, they also vary considerable from place to place. The international humanitarian system established in 2005 the new “Cluster System” with a view to make the response system more effective and timely. Within this system, international organizations, hand in hand with national authorities and NGOs, plan and coordinate today’s response operations. Meeting shelter and settlements needs in disasters has become a high priority, not only for the lead organizations IFRC and UNHCR, but for all agencies and NGOs. Therefore, there is an increasing demand for qualified shelter and settlements practitioners that are equipped to meet the challenges from relief to reconstruction and recovery.

This flexible course combines part-time online learning with two weeks of full-time studies at the University of Copenhagen’s city campus in central Copenhagen.

The course will enable students to work with these shelter mandated international and national organizations in both natural disasters and complex emergencies (conflicts). They will acquire knowledge, tools and critical analytical skill to address shelter in disasters from relief to recovery.

Students will study various types of shelter solutions and how they are applied in both natural disasters and in conflict situations. They will learn how effectively to plan and coordinate shelter needs assessments, develop strategies and implement plans with international organizations, national authorities, the displaced and the affected population.

Application deadline is 1 April 2021 - APPLY ONLINE NOW!