Teaching and Outreach

The Joint Centre for Disaster Research hosts a teaching programme in Emergency Management in association with GNS Science as detailed below. Our staff are also involved in delivering other outreach programmes such as the annual Summer Institute, lecture series and involvement with conferences in New Zealand and around the world.
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MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) 

JCDR has launched its first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) based Emergency Management taster course. This course is one of the inaugural MOOCs offered by the Massey University in collaboration with the Open2Study Australia. It will take you on a journey through contemporary risk-based emergency management. From the origins of risk management in the ancient world, to new hazards and risk management approaches of the industrial era, command and control models introduced in the Cold War era, to more contemporary “all-hazards” to current “risk management” approaches.

Enrol at https://www.open2study.com/courses/emergency-management

Emergency Management Summer Institute 2017

More information about the Summer Institute can be read in the pamphlet.  Summer Institute 2017 Pamphlet (205 KB)

13th - 17th March 2017
Massey University Campus
New Zealand

The Summer Institute will also be part of the Massey University course 130.706 Emergency Management in Practice (30 credits). If you are enrolled in the Massey course you will automatically be enrolled for the Summer Institute, at no additional cost. However, you do not need to be enrolled in the course to attend the Summer Institute.  For more information, check out Massey University’s Emergency Management teaching programme.

Emergency management planning
Day 1 – Monday 13 March 2017

This course will explore the range of emergency management planning processes and discuss issues that need to be addressed at a CDEM Group, community and organisational level. It will introduce the fundamental emergency management concepts and how these are applied in New Zealand and examine a number of recent events, such as 2004 North Island floods, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 2010 and 2011 Canterbury Earthquake and other examples.

Developing effective all-hazard warning systems
Day 2 - Tuesday 14 March 2017

This course will examine issues around improving the public’s response to warning systems for weather, flooding, tsunami and other hazards. It will explore international examples of effective end-to-end warning systems and discuss research into the effectiveness of these systems. It will discuss existing training approaches among emergency response agencies and ways to improve these by developing and implementing new technologies and training methods. The course will also address the role of communities in developing and maintaining effective systems.

The role of public education, community engagement in building resilient communities
Day 3 – Wednesday 15 March 2017

Drawing on recent research in New Zealand, Australia and internationally, this course will provide an evidence-based framework for understanding the role of public education (including schools), community engagement and public participation in building resilient communities. Case studies will examine both New Zealand and overseas examples of public education and community engagement initiatives and discuss monitoring and evaluation strategies.

Classroom in the Coach
Day 4 – Thursday 16 March 2017

During this day we will undertake a field excursion to explore many aspects of emergency management planning, land-use planning and options for mitigation in the Wellington and Hutt Valley. We will visit tsunami hazard zones, discuss tsunami warnings, explore the Wellington Fault, look at land-use planning for earthquakes, tsunami, landslides and flooding, examine community-based preparedness activities and visit the Wellington and Hutt Valley Emergency Operations Centres.

Disaster Response, evacuation planning and welfare  
Day 5 – Friday 17 March 2017

This course will explore the range of issues around evacuation planning and welfare provision. It will examine evacuee behaviour (warning and evacuation compliance, route choice, visual clues) and the elements of effective evacuation planning (design requirements, the evacuation process, public information). Welfare issues are examined through a series of case studies, looking at evacuation and recovery centres (design, registration issues, and psycho-social support) and the provision of support for longer-term community recovery


Professor David Johnston
Joint Centre for Disaster Research
GNS Science/Massey University
Email: d.m.johnston@massey.ac.nz
Phone: +64 4 570-1444

Disaster Risk and Emergency Management National Expedition and internship

Travel through some of the planet's most spectacular scenery, immerse yourself in Kiwi culture, and see parts of New Zealand open only to locals, all while earning university credit over your summer break. The National Expedition and Internship will take you across the North and South Islands and place you in an internship where you’ll work on real-world problems relevant to your degree. Our six-week study abroad programme is worth 6-8 US semester credits, 15 ECTS or 30 CATS (15 Massey credits). The key components of this programme, which is unlike any other in New Zealand, are a two-week national expedition starting in May or June followed by a four-week internship.

The Disaster Risk and Emergency Management National Expedition and Internship is for emergency management, homeland security, public safety, engineering, urban and regional planning, public policy, sociology, geography, and health sciences majors.

Disaster Risk and Emergency Management National Expedition

Date: June 26 to July 8, 2017 

Disaster Risk and Emergency Management internship

Date: July 10 to August 4, 2017

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