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Master’s Degree in Disaster Risk Management and Resilience Strategies and Tools

Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio Private Degree

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Why Pursue a Master’s Degree in Disaster Risk Management and Resilience Strategies and Tools?

This program has been designed to equip multidisciplinary professionals with the necessary knowledge to understand the processes, dynamics and relationships that exist between Development, Disaster Risk and Resilience. The program also aims at building capacities to manage strategies, programs, and projects, as well as sectoral, territorial, public, private and community risk management tools to reinforce and increase resilience.

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MODULE I Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change. Concepts and Context 

  • Unit 1: Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change 
  • Unit 2: Disaster Risk and Climate Change
  • Unit 3: Disaster Risk and Climate Change Systemic Management Approach 
  • Unit 4: Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Process and-Strategy Based Approach

MODULE II Prospective and Corrective Disaster Risk Management   

  • Unit 1: Knowledge Based Prospective and Corrective Risk Management. Context and Concepts
  • Unit 2: Risk Assessment for Prospective and Corrective Disaster Risk Management
  • Unit 3: Risk Reduction through Prospective Interventions
  • Unit 4: Risk Reduction through Corrective Interventions 

MODULE III Climate Variability and Climate Change

  • Unit 1: Climate System
  • Unit 2: Weather, Climate and Climate Change
  • Unit 3: Climate Change
  • Unit 4: Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability Analysis

MODULE IV ICT and GIS in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Information Systems, GIS, GPS, Databases and Telecommunications
  • Unit 2: Database Geolocalized Data Collection Tools
  • Unit 3:  QGIS and WMS/WFS Geoservices Desktop Tools
  • Unit 4: Mapping and Layers: Cartography, Cadaster, Census, and GIS Analysis to Create Threat, Vulnerability, and Risk Maps 

MODULE V Disaster Risk Finance Management and Climate Finance 

  • Unit 1: Disaster Risk Finance Management and Climate Finance. Context and Concepts
  • Unit 2: Disaster Risk Finance Protection in Public Investment
  • Unit 3: Disaster Risk Finance Protection in Private Investment
  • Unit 4: Climate Finance

MODULE VI Disaster Management and Recovery ​

  • Unit 1: Disaster Management and Development Oriented Recovery. Context and Concepts
  • Unit 2: Disaster Management and Recovery Planning
  • Unit 3: Information Management and Response/Recovery Assessments
  • Unit 4: Disaster Management and Development Oriented Recovery Strategies and Tools

MODULE VII Environmental and Disaster Risk Management Tools at Territorial Scales 

  • Unit 1: Territorial Level Analysis
  • Unit 2: Environmental and Disaster Risk Assessment Instruments
  • Unit 3: Disaster Risk Environmental Management Planning Instruments
  • Unit 4: Management and Monitoring Tools

MODULE VIII Public, Private and Community Investment Tools

  • Unit 1: Disaster Risk Management Territorial Scale Analysis
  • Unit 2: Environmental Management Tools at the Regional Level
  • Unit 3: Environmental Management Tools at the National Level
  • Unit 4: Environmental Management Tools at the Local Level

MODULE IX Disaster Risk Corrective Management

  • Unit 1: Conceptual Framework
  • Unit 2: Corrective Threat management  
  • Unit 3: Corrective Vulnerability Management
  • Unit 4: Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Interventions

MODULE X Master’s Final Project (MFP)


The program is subject to possible content updates and upgrades


Sandra Buitrago. Architect from the National University of Colombia; Specialized consultant on Disaster Risk Management with a Master's in Urban and Regional Studies, and an MBA in Finance. Experience in post - disaster recovery, climate change, and resilience, as well as in damage and losses economic estimation; experience in public policy - making, housing, and agricultural risk management. Technical advisor to national, sector and local government institutions through UNDP and the World Bank. Currently an independent consultant.


Diego Fernando Peña López. Geologist with specialty in Disaster Prevention, Response and Reduction with working experience in the public sector, more specifically in  territorial – level institutions such as the Metropolitan Area of Valle de Aburra, CORPOCALDAS (Caldas Regional Autonomous Corporation), CODECHOCO (Regional Autonomous Corporation for Sustainable Development in El Choco) Institute, IDIGER (Disaster Risk Management District Institute) from the Mayor's Office of Bogotá;  and the CDGRD (Disaster Risk Management Department Council of  Chocó and Córdoba. 

He has worked in extension graduate programs with the Bolivarian Pontifical University (UPB – Medellín), with the Popayan University Foundation Fundación (FUP), Manizales Catholic University, among others. He has also participated in several projects as an advisor and consultant on Disaster Risk and Environmental Management for public institutions at national level, such as the Ministry of Environment and the UNGRD - National Disaster Risk Management Unit thus acquiring signficant experience on these fields for over 10 years.  Another relevant experience was as the UNGRD Risk Knowledge Deputy Director. He is currently working as a facilitator in the Comprehensive Agricultural Disaster Management Strengthening Program, among other priority tasks. Finally, for the last three years, Diego Fernando Peña López has been working closely with the Disaster Risk Management District Institute (IDIGER) as Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Local plan design and implementation consultant for the  Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate change sub-directorate in Bogota City. 


Beatriz Rojas specialized in Local Environmental Management from the Pereira Technological University, as well as in Territorial Public Management from Javeriana University.  She has worked as a researcher in the area of Territorial Environmental Management and Disaster Risk Management. She has also worked internationally with different agencies from the United Nations System; also, as a consultant at the national governmental level with the Housing, Water and Disaster Risk Management sector -based perspective at the regional and local levels. Beatriz Rojas has more than 10 years of experience and is currently supporting Risk Management processes with a Regional Environmental Authority.


Gladys Puerto Castro is a chemical engineer from the National University of Colombia with a specialty education and environmental management, and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning. She first focused on environmental management, more specifically, on solid waste management and clean production. In the last 15 years, she has focused her professional experience in disaster risk management at local and national levels by developing technological risk policies and regulation tools. Gladys Puerto Castro is currently working as the disaster risk and contingency team leader at the environmental permits and licenses national authority. 


Lucy Bohórquez Ríos is a mining engineer from University of the Andes and specialized in Regional Urban Planning tools from the National University of Colombia. She gained professional experience at the Colombian Geological Service, formerly known as Ingeominas, from 1993 to 1996 in the area of ​​Mining and Geohazards, and in the Mining and Energy Planning Unit (UPME) from the Ministry of Mines and Energy. Afterwards, she worked in the technical department where she was trained and worked in the interinstitutional Disaster Risk at the Emergency Prevention and Response Directorate (DPAE) between 2003 and 2009. In this position, she contributed to the incorporation of risk management into the different of territorial environmental planning and interinstitutional coordination tools, as well as to the risk mitigation and rehabilitation of risks action plan follow-up, where she designed, monitored, supervised and audited risk management and social work projects in high mitigable and non-mitigable-risk communities. Shea has also been a consultant for the Ministry of Housing, City and Territory, for the development of risk-prevention – and - reduction-oriented  action plans applicable to Land Use Planning, as well as the development of strategies to incorporate threat, risk and vulnerability studies into Land Use Plans.

Lucy Bohórquez Ríos is currently working as Partner manager at he consultancy firm “Consultores en Ingeniería Geotécnica y medio ambiente con énfasis en las amenazas Geológicas” or Geotechnical Engineering and Environmental Consultants, with emphasis on geological threats. Lucy has more than 20 years of experience, in Civil Engineering projects; Geotechnics and Geological Engineering; sub-soil studies; monitoring and Instrumentation; specialized mitigation geotechnical construction projects; natural and anthropogenic risk assessments; and land use planning for both the public and private sectors.    


Jane Guerrero is an Ecologist from the Javeriana University of Bogotá-Colombia, with studies in Ecology, Biodiversity and Evolution from the University of Paris Sud France, and a Master's degree in development and comprehensive territorial planning from the Natural History Museum of Paris, UNESCO. She has experience in disaster risk project management and Climate Change in both he public and private sector, also as a lecturer. Jane Guerrero is the co - author of “Gestión ambiental territorial” (Territorial Environmental Planning). She is currently a member of the Risk Scenario Group at the Disaster Risk Management and Climate change District Institute in Bogota. 


Darwing Martínez. Computer systems Engineer specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and with 15 years of experience in different fields such as Disaster Risk Management, cadaster, urban planning, remote reception, (Satellite imagery and Aerial photography). “During the last 17 years, I have acquired experience in the computer system management processes, analysis, design and development, documentation and evaluation in various settings and specialties.

I have focused on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and CAD tools used in Physical Cadaster, Population and Housing Censuses and Risk Management. I have also  acquired extensive experience in GIS teaching tools for the creation, organization, maintenance / updating and publication of spatial / geographic databases with different technologies such as ArcView 3, ArcGIS 9, 10 and MicroStation Geographics and PowerMap; spatial databases such as PostGIS and free tools (open source) such as GVSIG, Quantum GIS; internet map publishers such as MapServer, GeoServer”.


Ana María Torres is an Economist, with a master’s degree in Economics, with experience in contingent risk management and in financial risk management in the event of natural hazard disasters. She has served as advisor to the Risk Sub-Directorate of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of the Republic of Colombia and as head of the Risk Analysis and Control Office of the District Finance Secretariat (Bogotá, Colombia). She currently works as a consultant for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Ana María Torres es Economista, con Maestría en Economía, con experiencia en gestión de riesgos contingentes y en gestión financiera del riesgo ante la ocurrencia de desastres por amenazas naturales. Se ha desempeñado como asesora de la Subdirección de Riesgo del Ministerio de Hacienda y Crédito Público de la República de Colombia y como jefe de la Oficina de Análisis y Control de Riesgo de la Secretaría de Hacienda Distrital (Bogotá, Colombia). Actualmente se desempeña como consultora del Banco Mundial y del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo.


Doris Suaza is a Geologist from the National University of Colombia, and a Specialist in Risk Assessment and Disaster Prevention from the University of the Andes. She has more than 20 years of experience in Disaster Risk Management, post-disaster recovery processes and incorporation of risk reduction in environmental and territorial planning tools, as well as in environmental project management and risk management.

In Colombia, she has served as an advisor to the Colombian Geological Service, the National Planning Department, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the National Disaster Risk Management Unit, the Adaptation Fund and the Bogotá Emergency Prevention and Attention Fund. She has been a consultant to the General Secretariat of the Andean Community regarding disaster prevention and response (PREDECAN) and to the United Nations Development Program - UNDP. Doris is currently a Disaster Risk Management consultant for the World Bank.

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