The longer a transport system remains disrupted during and after a shock, the more severe economic losses will be for community/region. Climate changes taking place, in the form of more natural disasters occurring, have the ability of severely disrupting transport services and/or damaging the infrastructure thus limiting mobility or bringing it to a standstill in time of dire need.Thus an efficient transportation system can play an important role towards making the community resilient.Transportation networks also serve as the primary conduit for rescue, recovery, and reconstruction in disasters.

This two and a half-day workshop provides a unique opportunity to learn from the practical experience of a consultant in the field of Transport and Disaster Risk Management (T-DRM). The course stresses the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach in T-DRM. It also points out the relevance of multi-stakeholders’ engagement for successful mobility planning, design and management.

The workshop comprises of the following topics:

  • Creating plans to mitigate impacts on transport from disaster events
  • Contingency planning to manage cascading effects derived from mobility issues
  • Adapting infrastructure to manage projected future risks
  • Transport and the Built Environment; responsive infrastructure, physical and virtual resources
  • Transport, Disaster Risk Management and national development

After participating in this workshop, the attendees should have a comprehensive understanding of the key issues for mobility and transportation that may arise when a disaster occurs (earthquake, tsunami, flood, hurricanes etc).  Three main tasks will be addressed:

  • Governance in a Post-Disaster Scenario
  • Responsive Transport Infrastructure Management
  • Built Environment, Urban Planning and Mobility projects

All attendees are requested to bring a local “study-case brief” to identify relevant information for developing key know-how and build a strategy within a comparative assessment scenario. Case studies will reflect diversity in agency size, public transit mode, and natural disasters and climatic events.

Workshop Programme

Wednesday 14th June 2017

  • Transport, Mobility and daily life; synergies and disruptions, historical issues and opportunities from technological improvements
  • “The Cascading Effects” on Disasters and the Interdependency of People, Transport Infrastructure and daily activities
  • Building Resilience from a responsive Transport Infrastructure.
  • Law Enforcement and Governance; How to deal with concerns related to food provision, healthcare, and disrupted services


Thursday 16th June, 2016

  • Case-Study review and analysis: Adapting infrastructure to manage projected future risks. Under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) there are two main strategies for facing the challenges derived from climate change; Mitigation and Adaptation, the later implies a longer term action plan oriented to promote a lasting change.
  • Key-Performance Indicators; Common and Particular issues

Context: Localization, Environment and Vulnerability

Culture, Behaviour and consumption patterns

Travel, Land Use and alternative Networks for service provision

Transport services Operational Standards

  • Rationale for selecting the option, including cost and anticipated reduction in damage or other negative impacts, including cost estimating and financing for capital planning.


Friday 17th June, 2016

  • Transport, Disaster Risk Management and national development; Master Plan for the town of Dichato in Chile (Case-study)Transport, Disaster Risk Management and national development
  • Mobility, Efficiency, Co-benefits and life quality. 

Workshop Schedule

Each day is subdivided into four sessions and will commence at 9.00 am and finish at 5.00 pm, except on the last day, when the course will finish at 12.30 pm.  Lunch break is from 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm.  Coffee will be served during the breaks.  Please note that the course will start at 9.15 am on the first day.

Workshop Materials

The course fee includes all working materials, lunch, coffee, tea and all computer facilities used, where applicable.  The Institute reserves the right to make changes to the programme that may prove necessary.   

Workshop Presenter

Jorge Diaz is an international consultant in both developing and developed countries,(Peru, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Argentina, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, South Africa, and the United Kingdom) on the following topics; Climate Change, Risk Vulnerability and Resilience, Involuntary Re-settlement , Sustainable Transport Planning, Urban Planning and Architecture Projects.

He obtained his BA Architecture, from the University Ricardo Palma in Peru, and his MS and PhD degrees in Urban Studies from the “Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana” in Mexico.

He also carried out Post-Doctoral research at the “Universidad del Bio Bio” in Chile during 2009-2013, coinciding with the Earthquake and Tsunami of 2010.

Dr Diaz has received research fellowships from the Secretary of Education in Mexico (2004-2006), the Faculty Research Program-Embassy of Canada (2007), the National Committee for Scientific and Technological Research in Chile (2009-2013) and is currently a referee for research project assessment with the National Committee of Science and Technology in Mexico (CONACYT).

He has also been part of the Scientific International Advisory Committee for the Wessex Institute of Technology and the International Institute for Training in Mobility, amongst others.

Dr Diaz has lived and worked in different cultural environments, which has given him a better understanding of local and cultural issues. 


To register online for this course please complete the registration form by clicking on the 'Register' button at the top of this page.


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Venue and Accommodation

The workshop will take place at the Wessex Institute of Technology at Ashurst Lodge located in the New Forest, an outstanding National Park that borders the South Coast. Ashurst Lodge is an ideal venue for conferences, courses and seminars.  The participants can benefit from an excellent standard of accommodation, either on Campus or in various hotels or bed and breakfasts in the area.  The surroundings are equally appealing to those who enjoy walking, horse riding, cycling, sailing and fine landscapes.

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