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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Gender equality Clean water and sanitation Reduced inequalities Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has the ability to examine and discuss the main technological systems that can be implemented in development cooperation programs. Knows how to manage the relationship with the area being analyzed and the planning of this relationship; knows the socio-cultural aspects connected to interventions in the area; acquired basic knowledge of advanced technologies to be used for planning and managing international cooperation projects and programs in developing countries.

Course contents


The course aims to provide students with a vision of the relationship between the Territory, Cooperation and Humanitarian Emergencies while offering an updated analysis of the Information Systems and Technologies required to plan this relationship.

The goal is to allow the student, after analyzing the technical and socio-cultural aspects that characterize an emergency, to acquire the basic knowledge of the advanced GIS technologies used for planning and managing humanitarian crises.


The attendance of the lessons, although not mandatory, remains strongly recommended by the Professor.

Organization of the course

The course is organized with lectures taught in presence. The number of students allowed in class is determined on the basis of class capacity and by the health and safety provisions that deal with the pandemic emergency. In case more students want to attend classes in presence than permitted by the rules, a system of shifts will be organized so to allow students to participate. Regardless of the health-related conditions and the specific organization of the course, students will be able to follow the lessons of the entire course remotely on MS TEAMS.

Course Program

Part One:

Introduction to the course. Notions on the concept of Complex Humanitarian Emergency: through the study and analysis of the main causes triggering an emergency and original documents derived from previous experiences, the student will acquire the basic knowledge of the standards and technical-operational aspects of management of a humanitarian crisis.

Recommended Reading Texts:

- Amartya Sen, Lo sviluppo è libertà, Mondadori 2000

- G. Rufini, P. Calvi-Parisetti, Nell'emergenza. Teoria e pratica degli aiuti umanitari, GIGnos

- The SPHERE Project - Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response - Sphere Ed. 2018

- IASC, Operational Guidance for Coordinated Assessments in Humanitarian Crises, IASC Working Group 2011

Part two:

The student, through an introduction to the concepts of DataBase, Information Management, Data Analysis and Datum, will acquire the basic knowledge of Geographical Information Systems and advanced Environmental Technologies used in Cooperation and Development projects and in Emergency Management.

Recommended Reading Texts:

- E. Caiaffa, ECDL GIS. La rappresentazione cartografica e i fondamenti del GIS, McGraw-Hill 2011

- N. Dainelli, F. Bonechi, M. Spagnolo, A. Canessa, Cartografia Numerica, Dario Flaccovio 2008

- F. Migliaccio, D. Carrion, Sistemi informativi territoriali. Principi e applicazioni, UTET 2016

- O. Altan, R. Backhaus, P. Boccardo, S. Zlatanova, Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management. Examples and Best Practices, UNOOSA 2010

- P. Bolstad, GIS Fundamentals: A First Text on Geographic Information Systems, XanEdu 2019

- P. A. Longley , M. F. Goodchild , D. J. Maguire , D. W. Rhind, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Wiley 2015

- K. Green, R. G. Congalton, Mark Tukman, Imagery and Gis: Best Practices for Extracting Information from Imagery, Esri Press 2017


A short seminar will take place in the final part of the course (relating to the program of both part one and part two).

The attending student will be invited to prepare a short paper based on the indications and material provided by the professor: the drafting of the paper will be individual or divided into groups based on the number of attending students.


Mandatory material for exam:

Attending Students:
- Course text by the teacher (information about availability of the text will be given in the first week of the course and contextually on website).

- Supplementary material for graphic support (information about availability of supplementary material will be given in the first week of the course and contextually on the website).

NON-Attending Students:
- Course text by the teacher (information about availability of the text will be given in the first week of the course and contextually on the website).

- E. Caiaffa, ECDL GIS. La rappresentazione cartografica e i fondamenti del GIS, McGraw-Hill 2011, Chapters 2 - 3

Teaching methods

The course provides, for both Part One and Part Two, lectures held in the classroom and / or remotely aimed at acquiring the fundamental knowledge for the achievement of the training objectives.

For attending students, the short seminar section scheduled in the final part of the course will require the preparation of a paper: the paper will be presented in advance during the course, but the final discussion and evaluation will take place during the oral exam.

Assessment methods

Oral exam: the verification of learning, both for attending and non-attending students, takes place through an oral exam, divided into several questions aimed at testing the level of skills acquired by the student.

Office hours

See the website of Emanuele Santini