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Research in Africa

Dr Henry Bang has a long history of disaster management research in the Cameroon and together with Professor Lee Miles this activity has been expanded to include other African countries with longstanding relationships with BUDMC including; Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone. BUDMC research focuses on the need for a unique holistic approach to disaster management in Africa, taking into account the needs, challenges and opportunities faced by individual countries. The most recent research projects, since 2017, are AFRICAB and AFRIGATE.


AFRICAB is an innovative BUDMC led research project on “Single Points of Failure in African Disaster Management” (SPOFs) –a multi-year Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project in West Africa including Sierra Leone and Senegal. The main aim is to understand stakeholder needs in order to diagnose contemporary issues in African disaster management frameworks using SPOF methodologies.


The predecessor to AFRICAB, AGRIGATE, enabled disaster management research involving the full interaction, participation and support of the emergency/disaster management agencies in Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. The primary aim was to unlock the “gateways” to building resilience and promoting innovation in disaster management in West Africa. This was a successful project requiring an executive briefing of research findings at the BUDMC involving officials from the disaster management agencies of the participating countries.


These project aims to improve welfare and build resilience in African countries by enhancing resilience and reducing disruption that complicate economic, social and cultural recovery when disasters occur. Furthermore, the projects seek to assimilate, accommodate, reduce and overcome resistance factors that enhance the governance of disaster risks and enable disaster management frameworks to function more efficiently.

The BUDMC has published numerous papers and contributed to book chapters in the area of disaster management in Africa. These include:


  • Bang, H., Miles, L. and Gordon, R. (2019) Evaluating local vulnerability and organisational resilience to frequent flooding in Africa: the case of Northern Cameroon. Foresight, 21 (2), 266-284.
  • Bang, H., Balgah, R. and Fondo, S. (2019) Drivers for coping with flood hazards: Beyond the analysis of single cases. Jàmbá : Journal of Disaster Risk Studies.
  • Bang, H., Miles, L. and Gordon, R. (2018) Enhancing local livelihoods resilience and food security in the face of frequent flooding in Africa: A disaster management perspective. Journal of African Studies and Development, 10 (7), 85-100.
  • Bang, H., Miles, L. and Gordon, R. (2017) The Irony of Flood Risks in African Dryland Environments: Human Security in North Cameroon. World Journal of Engineering and Technology, 5, 109-121.
  • Miles, L., Gordon, R. and Bang, H. (2017) Blaming Active Volcanoes or Active Volcanic Blame? Volcanic Crisis Communication and Blame Management in the Cameroon. In: Fearnley,, C., Bird, D., Jolly, G., Haynes, K. and McGuire, B., eds. Observing the Volcano World, Volcanic Crisis Communication. Springer.
  • Bang, H. (2016) 30 Years After the Lake Nyos Disaster: What Prospects for Rehabilitation and Reintegration in the Region? Disaster Management, Social Vulnerability, Risk Perception and Relocation Decisions in Cameroon. US: Book Venture Publishing.
  • Bang, H. (2015) Disaster Management in Cameroon: The Lake Nyos Disaster Experience. In: Emerald Group, L., ed. New Perspectives in Global Environmental Disasters. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 57-78.
  • Bang, H. (2014) General overview of the disaster management framework in Cameroon. Disasters: the journal of disaster studies, policy and management, 38 (3), 562-586.
  • Bang, H.N. (2013) Governance of disaster risk reduction in Cameroon: The need to empower local government. Jamba: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, 5 (2).
  • Bang, H.N. and Few, R. (2012) Social risks and challenges in post-disaster resettlement: The case of Lake Nyos, Cameroon. Journal of Risk Research, 15 (9), 1141-1157.
  • Bang, H.N. (2012) Disaster management in Cameroon: The Lake Nyos disaster experience. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, 21 (4), 489-506.


The team has presented papers in numerous international conferences around the world.


For more information on the conference presentation and other BUDMC research activities please check the profiles of the team and/or contacts Dr Henry Bang or Professor Lee Miles.