Social-ecological systems in the Indian rural-urban interface
Social-ecological systems in the Indian rural-urban interface

Social-Ecological Systems in the Indian Rural-Urban Interface: Functions, Scales, and Dynamics of Transition (DFG-FOR2432)

Project time period:
April, 2019 to April, 2022

Urbanisation and the associated social-ecological transformations in the rural-urban interface are of global relevance. We address these topics in FOR2432 using Bengaluru, South India, as an in situ laboratory. The interdisciplinary research agenda of FOR2432 is based on a comprehensive social-ecological systems (SES) framework and is implemented in partnership between Indian and German scientists. Eleven scientific projects study different facets of production, exchange, and demand-driven consumption of goods and services across a range of relevant temporal and spatial scales. They take into account that land, water, labour, and capital are the critical resources on which all agricultural production systems, and in fact, entire societies, depend.


GLP Themes: Land governance, Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity , Land management systems, Urban-rural interactions

GLP Methods: Consumer Preferences, Econometrics, Game Theory, Institutional Analysis, Interdisciplinary methods, Modelling, Qualitative social science methods (interviews, observations, document review, surveys), Remote Sensing, Supply and value chains, Synthesis/meta-analysis/meta-study

Principal Investigator(s)