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Launch of UK MSc Disaster Management 2018

Nine students join the MSc Disaster Management programme in 2018.

The MSc Disaster Management UK course launched its newest intake of students in September 2018 with a one-week session on the Developing Policies and Plans unit. Joining the programme this year are nine students; four full time and five part time, bringing together a wealth of knowledge and experience from emergency management sectors around the world.


Developing Policies and Plans is one of two core units on the MSc programme and provides students with the core foundations of Disaster Management; understanding and managing risk, strategic operations, major incident management and planning for recovery. The week ended with a full day planning exercise where by students were required to create a disaster management plan for a fictitious country considering disaster risk reduction, response and recovery elements.


Students will continue their academic studies over the next one – two years choosing from a range of subject topics. For more information on the course programme please see the course page


If you are interested in joining the MSc Disaster Management programme in September 2019 please contact the Centre at budmc@bournemouth.ac.uk

Tourism Resilience Summit of the Americas

One year on from the devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria, Professor Lee Miles returns to the Caribbean.

The inaugural Tourism Resilience Summit of the Americas took place this year, one year on from the devastating impacts felt across the Caribbean as a result of Irma and Maria.


Professor Lee Miles returned to the Caribbean following visits in July 2017 and July 2018 to deliver a key note address on ‘The Challenge of Global Disruption: Pinpointing Single Points of Failure in Caribbean Disaster Management and Resilience’.

Having worked globally in pinpointing single points of failure for Tourism organisations, including a research project focused on in 2017 on Single Points of Failure in the British Virgin Islands and another addressing Hotel Resilience, Professor Miles was well placed to comment. Fellow speakers included the Tourism Minister for Jamaica Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Dr Talib Rifai, former UNWTO Secretary General and Dr Mario Hardy, Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Asia Travel Association.

BUDMC Team attends International Studies Association annual convention in San Francisco

Professor Lee Miles and

Dr Henry Bang accompanied a number of BUDMC PhD students to the 2018 ISA convention in San Francisco.

The five person strong team representing BUDMC attended ISA’s 59th Annual Convention held in San Francisco, California. Providing a unique opportunity to three current PhD students within the Disaster Management Centre to participate in an international conference alongside staff members from the Centre and attend working groups, attend key note lectures and network with international experts.


Professor Lee Miles delivered two presentation at the conference; the first titled ‘A Glass of Disaster Management with a Foreign Policy Entrepreneurship Twist? Entrepreneurial Resilience and Foreign Policy Dynamics in Ghana and the second

'The Scandinavian Foreign Policy Collective: Managing Greater Imperatives of Safety and Resilience.’ Both draw upon Professor Miles years of experience in working in Scandinavian and West African countries and on-going research project AfriCab; a project aimed at driving African capacity building in Disaster Management.

For more information on the research themes currently being explored by BUDMC academics please do not hesitate to contact Professor Miles

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


To keep up to date with DMC activities and media appearances please follow our twitter: BU_DMC

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