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Hurricane Irma Impact

Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused widespread damage across the Caribbean Islands earlier this year including the UK Overseas Territories.

The Disaster Management Centre has worked with the Overseas Territories for many years, providing training on how to mitigate and respond to such disasters. Following landfall of Hurricane Irma, Lee Miles, Professor of Crisis and Disaster Management was interviewed by a range of national and international outlets on the subject including; BBC World Service, Good Morning Britain, CNN and BBC’s Radio 4’s Today Programme.

The Disaster Management Centre will be hosting a Crisis Hour to discuss Hurricane Irma in the current months. To join the discussion and be kept up to date with further Crisis Hour conversations please email budmc@bournemouth.ac.uk


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30 Years After the Lake Nyos Disaster: What prospects for rehabilitation and reintegration in the region?

Dr Henry Bang; Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at BUDMC has had his first book published;

30 Years After the Lake Nyos Disaster: What prospects for rehabilitation and reintegration in the region?

Based on empirical research about the Lake Nyos Disaster, within the book Dr Bang examines contemporary challenges surrounding natural hazards and disasters, vulnerability, resettlement, risk perception and relocation decisions in Cameroon.

Leading on from this publication Dr Bang is now conducting further research into Building Resilience in West Africa, alongside DMC team members; Professor Lee Miles, Richard Gordon and Michael Clark.  With a particular focus on Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria this work aims to integrate resistance factors into Disaster Management and Risk Assessments across the region.

Dr Bang’s book 30 Years After the Lake Nyos Disaster, is now available online from Amazon.


If you wish to discuss this research further, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Henry Bang.


Postgraduate Trip to Virgin Atlantic

As part of our postgraduate offering at Bournemouth University, the Disaster Management Centre delivers a Crisis and Disaster Management unit to Tourism, Events and Hospitality Masters students.

This unit is designed to develop students understanding of the needs and critical resources of the Tourism, Hospitality and Events sectors, to assist them in building an awareness of the issues associated with effective integration of these sectors with emergency management frameworks.


As part of this four-week long unit, students had the chance to attend The Base at Gatwick; Virgin Atlantic’s training facility and hear from their Head of Operations, Planning and Resilience. Spending a whole day at their facilities, students experienced cabin evacuation training and had the opportunity to understand how crises and incidents are handled by the emergency response teams both in Head Office and on the ground.


This visit helped showcase how disaster management functions in the ‘real world’ and highlighted the procedural and operational implications of companies when facing a disaster or crisis. The students then got to showcase some of the lessons learnt during this trip throughout our simulated travel and tourism exercise later that week