Using education and social learning in capacity building – the IntECR concept

Magnus Johansson (Centre for Climate and Safety, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden)
Lars Nyberg (Centre for Climate and Safety, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden)
Mariele Evers (Department of Geography, Bonn University, Bonn, Germany)
Max Hansson (Centre for Climate and Safety, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Publication date: 22 February 2013



The aim of this paper is to present a concept where social learning is used in education. Thematically, the concept is suitable for complex, interdisciplinary, societal challenges with a high degree of uncertainty regarding future changes. It is exemplified here by the need to link disaster risk reduction (DRR) with climate change adaptation (CCA) and flood risk management (FRM). The concept answers to the variety of adopted solutions and build-up of knowledge that exist, as a consequence of far-reaching local liabilities and initiatives. The concept advocates building of platforms and procedures where managers, stakeholders, researchers, policy makers, and regular students can meet, interact and learn from local examples.


The concept IntECR (integrated education, research and collaboration) has been tested in two courses during 2009 and 2010 around the Swedish lakes Vänern and Mälaren. Seminars and field visits were arranged in ten different cities. Participants replied anonymously to a course evaluation and were questioned in groups about their perceived benefit from the concept.


Informal networking, holistic perspective, shared problem identification and the positive possibility to study several examples of local management in arrangements with high degree of structural openness, were mentioned by the participants as positive outcome of the concept.


The use of this educational concept aims to increase the adaptive capacity of societal entities through raised capacity of their individual members. The applied example is timely, relevant and a contribution to DRR and CCA.



Johansson, M., Nyberg, L., Evers, M. and Hansson, M. (2013), "Using education and social learning in capacity building – the IntECR concept", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 22 No. 1, pp. 17-28.

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