Coping with Disasters

Course: CRD 19

Instructor: Uta Reichardt

Course Catalog Description

About the Course

The goal of my course is pretty much out there in the title: "Coping with Disasters" will give an introduction to the basic concepts in Disaster Risk Management and look at how disasters form in the first place - and what determines resilience and coping when hardship strikes. We will be working with case studies and group works and, in addition to literature, will use a combination of mixed media, such as podcasts, documentaries and art work. There will be a disaster film club and the odd field trip!


I´m a post-doc at the Institute for Sustainability Studies, University of Iceland, and explore the synergies that emerge from the dialogue between science and arts. I view sustainability development through the lens of disaster risk reduction and look at the role of Art and Design regarding preparedness, relief and recovery from disastrous events. I enjoy making people from different backgrounds meet and join their forces. Currently, I´m involved in Out of Sync, an exploration of novel performance event formats during and beyond the pandemic, and recently co-founded Disaster Studios, a platform that joins Design and Disaster Risk Management and emphasises evidence-based design solutions and creative ways for disaster risk reduction.

This will be my first course to teach at UW and I couldn´t be more excited!