Croucher Summer Course 2017


With generous support from the Croucher Foundation, CCOUC organsied Croucher Summer Course 2017 on Research Methodology for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response from 3 to 7 July 2017. The five-day residential course was in its third cohort. It is designed to provide intensive training on research methodology for disaster and medical humanitarian response for prospective professionals in disaster risk management.

The course was participated by post-graduates, early career researchers, experienced practitioners and policy-makers with research responsibility. It attracted 37 participants from 22 countries and regions, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Ghana, Fiji, Iran, Nepal, the UK and so on. The academic and cultural diversity among the participants stimulated vibrant exchange of knowledge and experience in disaster management.  

Countries and regions the participants come from


Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, The Philippines, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea


Brazil, Canada, USA




Ethiopia, Ghana, Zimbabwe


Fiji, New Zealand

Instructors of the course comprise professors and experts from world-renowned higher institutes and organisations. The course covers various international agenda on disaster risk reduction ranging from global warming, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and disaster risk management under China’s Belt and Road Initiative. 

List of instructor


Affiliated institution

Prof. Emily Chan

(Course Director)

JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Prof. Mike Clarke

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Prof. Andrew Collins

Department of Geography, Northumbria University, England

Dr. Ryoma Kayano

World Health Organization Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre)

Prof. Virginia Murray

Public Health England

Prof. Elizabeth Newnham

School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University, Australia

Dr. Gabriele Rossi

Cambodia project, Médecins Sans Frontières

Prof. Rajib Shaw

Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan

Prof. Qian Ye

State Key Lab of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University, China

Prof. Colin Graham, Prof. Kevin Hung

Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Emeritus Prof. Sian Griffiths, Prof. William Goggins, Prof. Tammy Meyers, Prof. Phoenix Mo, Prof. Shelly Tse, Prof. May Yeung

JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

UNISDR Asia Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (ASTAAG)

Being the course director and one of the instructor, CCOUC Centre Director Prof. Emily Chan kicked off the course by sharing her insights in the impact of disasters on public health and the existing research frontiers in disaster response. The first day of the course was joined by UNISDR Asia Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group members who delivered an open seminar on the latest challenges and research gaps in Disaster Risk Reduction in the course. 

The course is an important step in disaster research for the young scientists who had participated. Fijian participant Ravindra Rattan said that the course is a good platform for acquiring and sharing knowledge and promoting the cause of humanitarian response. It enabled him to build a broader netowrk and apply the knowledge gained in his home country.