The complexity of modern societies has produced relevant effects with respect to risks. Citizens are now experiencing new and emerging threats that are also the result of modernization. The contemporary world is more exposed and vulnerable to hazards as a result of urbanization and larger dependence from infrastructures.
Furthermore, societies are increasingly calling for security and protection, not only as a consequence of growing fears but also because safety is considered a public good to be guaranteed.
Such demand for risk mitigation can be recognised across both developing and developed countries, though in different forms. Modern crises, new threats and “old” hazards that hit built environments require new abilities and competences. The rule of thumb is clearly not enough to accompany the whole process from impact to recovery and reconstruction and to open the floor for renovated ways to prevent risks in a sustainable way, both economically and ecologically.
With these considerations, Politecnico di Milano started The Civil Engineering for Risk Mitigation (CERM) didactic programme. This is a Master of Science programme within a five-year teaching project including also a Bachelor of Science in Ingegneria Civile per la Mitigazione del Rischio (taught in Italian).
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