Early Career Professional

Disaster Governance and Resilience in Asia

This programme will be postponed until further notice.
Thank you very much for your kind support to the LKY School Executive Education.

 With the increasing frequency of climate and environmentally-related disasters in Asia, this team-taught course is an opportunity for participants to understand the complexities of disaster governance at various scales, from neighborhoods to international scales. It looks at the emerging networks and coordination challenges to address compounded impacts of climate change, urbanization, environmental degradation and natural hazards.

The four-day course brings together an eclectic group of researchers and development specialists from fields such as: urban planning, environmental history, political economy of natural resource management, and development economics. Based on extensive fieldwork in ASEAN countries and beyond, the speakers share up-to-date findings on the impact of urbanization in Asia on disaster resilience.

The Executive Programme on Disaster Governance and Resilience in Asia will be team-taught, in order to bring multiple perspectives and experiences to each topic, including sharing findings from recent research. Mornings will include two sessions addressing major debates and emerging challenges. Afternoon sessions will involve short group discussions around thought provoking themes. This is a highly interactive training where participants from all sectors are expected to share their views and experiences.

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore 469C Bukit Timah Road Singapore 259772

Mon 26 September 2016 to Thu 29 September 2016

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Fri 26 August 2016

At the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the impact of the mega trends on disaster governance in Asia such as urbanization, rise of social media, aging.
  • Identify factors leading to a lack of resilience in cities and communities, and its relationship with disaster governance.
  • Discuss the emerging challenges at various scale of disaster governance and between types of disasters (e.g. earthquakes, flooding, tsunami)

The Executive Programme on Disaster Governance and Resilience in Asia is structured around four key questions:

1) The Problematic: What are the key challenges of disaster governance and building resilient cities?

2) The Causes and Implications: what are the factors leading to a lack of resilience and poor disaster governance, and what are the longer term implications for disaster governance?

3) Policy Options: What are the policy options and ways forward at various scales of governance, from local to global?

4) Implementation: Who to involve in disaster governance and how to achieve effective disaster governance and resilience.

Examples will be taken from Japan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, China, Maldives, Thailand, among others.


The Executive Programme is designed for members of crisis response teams, government/private sector/international organisations agencies involved in deployments (in Singapore and around Asia) and NGOs, including religious networks involved in relief work.


Executive Education Department
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772

Tel:(65) 6516 3100 / (65) 6516 1032
Fax: (65) 6872 9291

Application Deadline:26 Aug 2016


Dr. Caroline Brassard

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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Mike Douglass

Professor, PhD (Urban Planning), University of California, Los Angeles

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