6 October 2021

PhD fellowship in Disaster Risk Management


We are offering a PhD fellowship in Disaster Risk Management commencing 15 February 2022 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Our group and research
The PhD position will be part of the Global Health Section and the Copenhagen Centre for Disaster Research (COPE) at the Department of Public Health.

Project description
The PhD scholar will work on a collaborative research project funded by International Research Fund, Denmark (DFF) on urban resettlements and disaster risk in India.

In an ever changing global and urbanizing world and with high numbers of people living in slums/informal settlements, there has been a call by many governments to resettle urban slums. Many of these places are constantly affected by extreme weather events and disasters such as urban floods. However, relocation and resettlement processes post-disasters been proven unsuccessful in many places in the past as post-disaster resettlements have shown that resettled communities continue to be affected by flooding and other disasters. In this context, this project will investigate how resettlement of urban slums might create new disaster risks and have impacts on various aspects of life such as livelihoods, education, social networks etc. This project will contribute with new knowledge on how disaster risk is created in urban resettlement and push the field of disaster studies in a new direction theoretically highlighting the contours of disaster risk creation. The PhD student will engage with some of the following questions- How do established social and institutional resettlement processes contribute to creation of new risk or exacerbate existing risk to disasters? What factors influence decision making of resettlement in urban areas? What forms of citizen participation emerge in these decision-making processes? What are the different social interfaces that emerge between the state and the community in the process of resettlement?

This project is built around a synergistic partnership between University of Copenhagen, Roskilde University in Denmark and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India.

Principal supervisor is Associate Prof. Emmanuel Raju, Global Health Section and Director of COPE. Email: eraju@sund.ku.dk