Lecture 1 Notes: Introduction to Course
Relationship between the environment and war
Two types of war: modern, classic wars, complex humanitarian emergencies
a. Issues around the environment can:
i. Be a Cause
ii. Have a Direct Impact on t
Lecture 4 Notes: Risk Assessment
What is Risk?
a. The probability of an adverse event occurring?
II. What is Risk Perception?
a. How people view that probability and the way their view differs from the
b. Began in the 1940s with Gilb
Lecture 3 Notes: Spatial Data
The Fire of London
a. London in the Elizabethan era, ca. 1580
i. The quintessential medieval London
ii. Built of wood, densely built up in walled area
iii. Very little sanitation or access to fresh water or water for
Lecture 2 Notes: Epidemiological Framework
a. Disease at the confluence of host, agent and environment
a. Epidemics at the confluence of social, eco-system, and global
Lecture 6 Notes: Politics of Public Policy
Why study disasters from the perspective of political science?
Theory of path dependency in public policy: once you start on a path, it
is difficult to diverge from it. My thesis advisor focused on this area,
Lecture 5 Notes: Natural Hazards
Natural Hazards Center at University of Colorado:
a. Information Clearinghouse on social, political, economic impacts of
b. Hazlit (searchable database)
c. Newsletter Natural Hazards Observer
Lecture 9 Notes: Organizational Bases
Work focuses on decision-making at individual and group level.
a. Provide a tasting menu for Organizing for High Reliability
b. Determine how we create resilience in organizations through
Lecture 10 Notes: Mandates
1. Mandate: Our charge as scholars and professionals is to reverse the trend
of inequity in vulnerability. Each in our own way must generate solutions.
2. Inspiration: We wanted to teach a course with a group of inter
Lecture 8 Notes: Professionalism
a. Policy Sciences Definition:
i. The work of professionals is to apply special knowledge and
skills RESPONSIBLY in resolving societal problems in the
b. Challenges as Opportunities:
Lecture 7 Notes: Resiliency
a. Turner painting of London Parliament burning.
i. Envisions it as a great aesthetic moment.
ii. Remember what this meant: destroyed much of the houses of
Westminster, prompted the building of