René Kusdian

PhD Student

Research Assistant in the Research Group "Geomorphology and Environmental Systems"

Research interests/regions

  • Environmental and Disaster Risks in regard  to human security, vulnerability and resilience
  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA)
  • Risk Management Systems
  • (International) Risk Governance, including multi-lateral frameworks, UN- and affiliated organizations and structures
  • Risk-related Policy- and Decision-making, stakeholder engagement
  • Political Ecology / Ecosystem Services


  • B0: Introduction to Geography: 1-day-field-trip Physical Geography
  • B2: Advanced Physical Geography (Seminar and Practical Field Excercise)
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René Kusdian


Geozentrum - Meckenheimer Allee 176

53115 Bonn


Meckenheimer Allee 166

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73-2693

Office hours:

during term: Tuesdays, 10:00 to 12:00 (and by arrangement)

Please use the following link (DFN Terminplaner) to select a timeslot and a date for the office hours:

during the semester break: only by arrangement

PhD Project

PhD-Thesis: "Approaches towards a more resilient Environmental and Disaster-related Risk Management"

Disasters and its associated risks are prevalent in all human societies and changing their characterisitics even more dramatically in the light of current climate and global changes. For coping successfully with these risks a well functioning Disaster Risk Management System (DRM) addressing the risks contineously and comprehensively is imperative. This needs the involvment of multiple actors and stakeholders, which are in the focus of my empirical research.

My dissertation aims to investigate the implementation of DRM into practice, highlighting current challenges and deriving potential approaches to improve DRM and make it more resilient towards disruptions and malfunctioning.  Hereby my empirical research makes use of online stakeholder survey, expert interviews and literature with examples from different countries (Germany, Switzerland and UK). To ensure a holistic view multi-dimensions of hazards and governance levels are considered. Finally multiple perspectives on DRM should indicate possibilties for adaptation to make DRM better and safer for future developments.

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