Climate change affects human beings acting in socio-ecological settings in which biophysical, socio-cultural, economic, institutional, political, and legal mechanisms operate. It is in this complex system that disasters emerge and by which peoples responses to disasters are shaped. Many phenomena associated with climate change are still poorly captured by research approaches so that future scenarios on the effects of climate change on land use and its related human dimensions are very unreliable and inconsistent. Human security within the context of climate change remains relatively underexplored, whereas the biophysical dimensions of climate change, both on a worldwide and regional scale, are more rapidly addressed by natural scientists. Thus, there is an urgent need to deal with the human security aspect of climate change through both adaptation and mitigation.
Experts for Climate Disaster and Risk Management
Climate change and human security is a new concept of integrated and interdisciplinary education, combining domains such as meteorology, geosciences, social, health and economic factors as well as institutions such as law and policies. The approach focuses on the integrated management of areas, resources, and societies affected by climate change. Students are trained in the development of strategies and concepts to reduce peoples’ vulnerability and increase their coping capacity and to successfully manage climate disaster and risk.
The Doctoral Research Programme “Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management” will educate students to understand the threats and risks associated with climate change, to get familiar with the design of early warning systems and to know means to improve the resilience and coping capacity of affected social-ecological systems. Students will be exposed to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to assessing threats and to work in multidisciplinary teams with affected groups in harnessing their inherent resilience to hazards.
Upon completion of their study, the students are expected to be able:
- To analyze the threats and risks to society or communities to the impact of climate change
- To synthesize knowledge regarding integrated management strategies to climate change effects, specifically to improve human security
- To prepare background document and policy notes that offer options to deal with climate change
- To assist communities in dealing with climate change by adaptation and mitigation
University of Lomé
The University of Lomé (UL) formerly known as University of Benin, was created in 1970. It is composed of five faculties, nine (9) schools and institutes and one (1) distance learning Centre. Its areas of training include health sciences, science and technology, agriculture, law, policy and administration, economics and management, science of man and society, literature, languages and arts and education.
University of Lomé has about 518 lecturers and scientists, including 47 professors and 138 associate professors. The DRP on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management is under the faculty of Art and Human Sciences.