Rural-urban dynamics in Bangalore

Human history is marked by several great transformations, such as the beginning of agriculture in the Neolithic age or the industrial revolution in the 18th century. In contemporary times, digitalization, climate change/decarbonisation, and urbanization are often discussed as challenges of similar dimension. But also in-between such great transformations, changes are taking place more or less gradually or profoundly, drive the development of economies and societies and shape the environment in which they exist. Against the global challenge of accelerating urbanisation and increasing competition for ecosystem services, the DFG-funded Research Unit FOR2432 addresses social-ecological systems (SES) and agricultural transition processes in the rural-urban interface of the emerging megacity Bangalore in India. The Graduate Program (GP) BangaDyn aims at broadening the disciplinary scope of the ongoing work by additional expertise of specific faculty, especially in the fields of hydrology and social sciences, thereby paving the way to acquire supplementary funding and strengthening the network of long-term process-oriented research in India.

Hypotheses-driven field experiments, data mining, surveys and modelling in soil biology and water science, resources governance, urban development, access to credits and human-animal interactions will provide historic, empirical and spatially explicit evidence for the multiple dynamics of transition from rural to urban spaces and their consequences on resource use, biodiversity, policies and social structures. In this context, Bangalore serves as an example for other Asian cities, even if patterns of urbanisation and agro-ecological, socio-cultural and economic context are to a certain extent city-specific.

Structurally, GP-BangaDyn offers a modular training scheme which allows the involved PhD students to combine research stays in India with methodological training courses, interdisciplinary workshops and seminar/conference attendance in Germany. By integrating GP-BangaDyn with the Indo-German FOR2432 network of PhD and postdoc scientists, methodological approaches are amplified, interdisciplinary discourse and publication are stimulated and the graduates’ insight into urbanisation processes is broadened beyond the disciplinary perspective.

Speaker and coordinator: Prof. Dr. Eva Schlecht


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German project leaders

Indian partners

PhD students


Prof. Dr. Rainer G. Jörgensen
Dr. Christine Wachendorf

Prof. Dr. Suvarna Chavannavar (UASB)

Virna E. Moran Rodas


Prof. Dr. Matthias Gaßmann

Dr. S. Manasi (ISEC)

Anna Lena Samborski


Prof. Dr. Andreas Thiel

Dr. Thimme Gowda (UASB)

Arvind Lakshmisha


Prof Dr. Uwe Altrock

Prof. Dr. Kala Seetharam Sridhar
Prof. Dr. Sunil Nautiyal (both ISEC)

Michael Schwind


Prof. Dr. Christoph Scherrer

Prof. Dr. Meenakshi Rajeev (ISEC)

Anil Shah


Prof. Dr. Mieke Roscher

Prof. Dr. Vasundara Devi (UASB)

Varsha Patel