Read all about the African Centre for Disaster Studies here and see what we are all about.

The African Centre for Disaster Studies (ACDS) was established in January 2002 at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (now North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus (see http://www.nwu.ac.za) within the School of Social and Government Studies. The Centre was moved to the Research Focus Area: Sustainable Social Development (now called Social Transformation) within the Faculty of Humanities, in October 2006. Click here to read more


View the team behind the African Centre for Disaster studies along with all its role players and members


The ACDS team contains various different role players, members and parties from different locations outside of base. These members play a vital role in the operation and maintenance of the department and help maintain the standards ACDS has set as well as ensuring the quality of education, research and projects that ACDS undertakes. The ACDS included the following subsections of members:

  • Core Centre Staff
  • Faculty Associates
  • National Associates
  • International Associates
  • Ph.D Candidates
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Leading centre for new research and journal publications relating to the field of study

All research staff of the ACDS is linked to the Research Focus Area: Social Transformation through the research programme: Disaster Risk Studies.

The aim of the sub-programme is to investigate and examine key issues relating to disaster risk within the greater Africa context. The role of disaster risk and the impact of water within social transformation is investigated. The sub-programme currently have the following focusses:

  • Water as disaster risk;
  • Disaster risk and gender issues;
  • Climate change adaptation;
  • Geo-spatial applications of disaster risk reduction; and
  • Governance of disaster risk reduction.


View news, reports and information related to our projects

The African Centre for Disaster Studies have strived to always provide a unparalleled level of knowledge. We have extended this field of knowledge into various project that have been undertaken by ACDS. Details on each project can been found on our project page located under the academic menu tab. More information on our Gender and Disaster network can be found here. 


Find out more about what ACDS offer and what we can provide you with

The main objective of all the short courses presented by the ACDS is to provide different institutions with the necessary applicable skills to address their current shortcomings.  The ACDS strives to customise our short courses around every institutions individual need…


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In this programme the student will experience that the discipline of Disaster Risk Studies equips students with knowledge and professional management skills to make significant contributions to a fast changing world…


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The qualification aims to build capacity in multi-disciplinary disaster risk management (including vulnerability reduction) in Africa. It aims to advance critical thinking skills in disaster reduction and the integration thereof into development and other planning…


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The new PhD programme Development and Management is a PhD by research only. It consists of the following areas of specialisation: Disaster Studies, Water Studies, Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Management and more…


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