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Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoria
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa
Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2014/2015
Tipo incarico Dottorato
Docente Menoni Scira
Cfu 5.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Dottorato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento

Programma dettagliato e risultati di apprendimento attesi

The concept of environmental risks will be explored from several perspectives. Models employed to analyse and assess risks will be compared with reference to their ability to provide critical support to decision making and actions in real situations. The course will be structured as a series of workshops, of four hours each, where three experts from different fields will give a lecture of around 50 minutes, so as to provide room for ample discussions both after each presentation and at the end, in the form of a round table with PhD candidates.

Practitioners and/or public officers working in various aspects of crisis, emergency and risk management will be invited as guests, so as to confront theoretical and practice-oriented perspectives during the discussion.

The idea is to have in each of the five workshops two experts from complementary fields (for example a hydraulic engineer dealing with groundwater quality and another hydraulic engineer dealing with floods) and one expert from a completely different field (for example economics). The three experts will confront their view on the topic of how to assess risk and what are the mitigation measures that can be foreseen on the basis of the type of risk analysis they are used to carry out. The provided multidisciplinary overview will provide the floor for the discussion with PhD candidates and with the invited guests.

At the end of this series of internal workshops, where experts working at the Politecnico di Milano or from other institutions collaborating with researchers from the Politecnico will participate, an international seminar will be organized, inviting eminent scholars from Italy and other countries.

The workshops and the final seminar will be held in the months of February and March, and foresee the participation of the following researchers:


1 Workshop From risk prevention to resilience: breaking through one century of studies and research

-       Enrico Zio (Dipartimento di Energia, Polimi) Quantitative risk analysis applied to industrial and nuclear risks

-       Scira Menoni (DASTU, Polimi) Critical definition of terms: hazard, exposure, vulnerability, resilience and beyond

-       Enrico De Angelis (ABC, Polimi) Ensuring quality and lifelong resistance to sudden and creeping risks in buildings.


2 Workshop Risk assessment and management in the context of seismic risk

-       Maria Pia Boni (DICA, Polimi) Seismic risk analysis: examples from Italian cases

-       Maria Adelaide Parisi (ABC, Polimi) Making buildings earthquake resistant: from codes for new constructions to retrofitting

-       Luca Marescotti (ABC, Polimi) Knowledge and Appropriate Technologies for Sustainability and Resilience in Planning


3 Workshop Risk assessment and management in riverbasins

-       Francesco Ballio (DICA, Polimi) Mountain floods: from modelling to warning.

-       Alberto Guadagnini (DICA, Polimi) Modelling and managing risks associated to groundwater resources.

-       Raffaele Giordano (IRSA- Cnr Bari) Working with stakeholders on water resource management


4 Workshop Managing data and information systems for crisis and post-crisis management

-       Ouejdane Mejri (DEIB, Polimi) Advanced information and knowledge management systems for crisis and post-crisis management

-       Bruna De Marchi (Social Scientist, consultant Polimi) Criticalities and challenges of managing information and communication of risks and uncertainties related to severe consequence/rare events

-       Grazia Concilio (DASTU, Polimi) Informing city management with scientific information on risks. Examples from the Vesuvio case.


5 Workshop Enchained risks and cascading effects: towards a multi-hazard, multi-risk perspective

-       Laura Longoni and Alessio Radice (DICA, Polimi) Landslides, erosion and sediment transport: challenges in modelling mixed phenomena in mountain areas

-       Francesco Ballio and Scira Menoni (DICA-DASTU, Polimi) Na-tech in flood prone areas: floods triggering technological accidents in hazardous installations

-       Adriana Galderisi (Università di Napoli Federico II) Planning sites exposed to multiple threats: a matter of resilience and sustainability


6 International Seminar. Evolving paradigms in risk assessment and management at the EU and international level.

Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione

The evaluation of the candidate will be carried out on the basis of an assignment that will be agreed with each PhD candidate attending the course. In particular, candidates who are considering developing a risk related topic in their thesis will be invited to write a paper on such topic. The latter will be reviewed by two professors and/or experts in the domain of the proposed topic and the evaluation will be carried out on the basis of the quality of the output. Other PhD candidates will chose one of the topics covered during the workshop and will prepare a short essay that will be reviewed and evaluated by two professors/experts in the related field.

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Calendario testuale dell'attività didattica

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaBruneau, M., Chang, S., Eguchi, R., Lee, G., O'Rourke, T., Reinhorn, A., Shinozuka, M., Tierney, K., Wallace, W., and von Winterfeldt, D., A framework to quantitatively assess and enhance the seismic resilience of communities, Editore: Earthquake Spectra, vol. 19 :4, pp.733-752. Journal, Anno edizione: 2003
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaPeter L. Bernstein, Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk, Editore: John Wiley & Sons, Anno edizione: 1998
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaOreskes N., Shrader-Frechette K., Belitz K., Verification, validation, and confirmation of numerical models in the earth sciences., Editore: Science Feb. 4, 263, Anno edizione: 1994
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaQuarantelli E., What is a disaster?, Editore: Outledge, UK, Anno edizione: 1998
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaSAREWITZ D., R. A. PIELKE and R. BYERLY, Predication: science, decision making, and the future of nature, Editore: Island Press, Anno edizione: 2000
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaWhite, G., Kates, R. & Burton, I, Knowing better and losing even more: the use of knowledge in hazard management, Editore: Environmental Hazards, 3(3), pp. 81-92., Anno edizione: 2001 Journal

Mix Forme Didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore didattiche
laboratorio informatico
laboratorio sperimentale
laboratorio di progetto

Informazioni in lingua inglese a supporto dell'internazionalizzazione
Insegnamento erogato in lingua Inglese

Note Docente
The course will take place during the months of February and March 2015, in the form of seminars either on Monday or Friday afternoon after consultation with PhD attendant candidates.
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