University of Sussex Business School

Disasters, Environment and Development (005DS)

Disasters, Environment and Development

Module 005DS

Module details for 2022/23.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Environmental change and disaster risk present fundamental threats to sustainable development and the eradication of poverty. It has been argued that the negative impacts of environmental and climatic change and environmentally related disasters threaten to roll back decades of development gains. Building resilient and sustainable societies means addressing both climate and disaster risks, our understanding of the linkages between these issues and integrating these risks, as well as potential opportunities, into development planning and budgeting. The overall aim of this module is provide an exploration of the connections between disasters, the environment and development. In particular the module is split into three parts: a conceptual part that explores similarities and differences in concepts, frameworks and terminology used in these different areas; a problem part that looks at the issues of ‘Droughts, floods and food security’, ‘Complex disasters’, ‘Environmental migration’, ‘Trapped populations’ and ‘Resource wars’; and, a ‘solution’ part that looks at some of the possible avenues that may help address these problems including ‘Remittance bonds’, ‘Serious games’, ‘Blended knowledge’ and ‘Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience’.

Essay (1500 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 1 Mon 16:0034.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT2 Week 4 50.00%
ReportT2 Week 8 50.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours11111111111
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour11111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Anne-Meike Fechter

Assess convenor

Prof Dominic Kniveton

Convenor, Assess convenor

Mr Ben Facer

Assess convenor

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