• The 2nd International BMBF Conference "Future Megacities in Action: Innovative Solutions for Energy- and Climate-Efficient Urbanisation" will take place in Hamburg from 14-16 May 2013. More information is available here. // March 2013

  • The final conference of the project took place in Hyderabad on February 15 and 16, 2013. A summary is available here. // March 2013

  • Talk the walk – Inauguration of the “Centre for Pedestrian Infrastructure and Planning – CPIP” 15th February 2013 in Hyderabad. Find more information here. // February 2013

  • Citizens’ exhibition in Begum Bazaar focuses on conflicts in public space and seeks for solutions. Find more information here. // February 2013

  • Nexus contribution to the interantional conference on 'Democratic Decentralisation and People's Participation', KILA
    For the three-day conference (Dec. 20th-23rd 2012) at 'Kerala Institute for Local Administration' (KILA), India, experts from all over the world came together to exchange experiences and perspectives on local governance and civil society. Alva Bonaker presented results from the nexus research and pilot projects within the 'Sustainable Hyderabad' project: „Role, Relevance and Responsibility of Civil Society in Climate Change Adaptation“ (Jain/Bonaker). The level of local participation and social intregration in Kerala is unique in India. The insights into the system through workshops and field visits to 'Panchayats' (village councils) as well as the exchange with other participants was very enriching. // January 2013

  • The inauguration event of the solar school project took place on November 7th at Sri Aurobindo International School.  More information can be found here. // November 2012

  • In partial support of his PhD project „The Role of Inequality and Leadership in the Provision of Local Public Goods: Experiments on Sanitation in Hyderabad, India“, Jens Rommel has received the Heinz-Sauermann-Förderpreis 2012/2013 of the German Society for Experimental Economics (GfeW). He will use the award money to finance parts of his field work in Hyderabad. // November 2012

  • The Street Food Safety Manual is now available for download in the 'Books and Booklets' section. // November 2012

  • The International Conference in Hyderabad will take place from February 15 to February 17, 2013. The program will be available soon. // November 2012

  • The new issue of the BMBF Future Megacities Newsletter is available now. You can download it here. // November 2012

  • Community Radio presented at "Elders Mela". Click here for more information. // October 2012

  • The new double issue of the Newsletter 09/10 is available now. You can download it here. // September 2012

  • Nexus represents the Sustainable Hyderabad Project at the Post-Oil-City - Symposium in Hyderabad. Click here for more information. // September 2012

  • The LPG Pilot Project was profiled for Financial Times Citi Ingenuity Award: Urban Ideas in Action. A Special Report on the LPG Project was published in the online magazine of the Financial Times on July 26, 2012. // August 2012

  • A public symposium and exhibition of  Post-Oil City: The History of the City’s Future & Cyberabad - Landscape of Surprise -Opportunities for India's Emerging Urbanisms will take place from August 11th to August 26th 2012 in Vidyaranya High School, Hyderabad. At the symposium on the August 12th the Sustainable Hyderabad Project will be presented by Nexus. For further information about this event that is part of  the programme Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities please click here. // August 2012

  • Next National Workshop of the Sustainable Hyderabad Project takes place in Hyderabad on 18 July
    from 10.00 - 16.00. The adress is: H.No. 34-A, Road No. 12, MLAs’ Colony, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad – 500034. // July 2012

  • Public Lecture with Prof. Marco Janssen as part of the Sustainable Hyderabad - Albrecht Daniel Thaer Kolloquium 2012 on "Crafting or designing: Intended Institutional Change for Social-Ecological Systems" on 7 June. Please click here for more information (Poster as PDF version). // May 2012

  • The new double issue of the Newsletter 07/08 is available now. You can download it here. // March 2012

  • Vinish Kathuria, School of Management IIT Bombay, has been awarded the prestigious Mahalanobis Memorial Medal for the current round. This award is given by The Indian Econometric Society every two years in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of economics. The other co-winners of this round are Kausik Chaudhuri (Madras School of Economics) and Esther Duflo (MIT). Previous winners include prominent names like Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia (1974), Amartya Sen, Harvard (1976), Pranab Bardhan, UC Berkely (1980), Peter Diamond, Yale (1980) and Abhijit Banerjee, MIT (2000) among others. Vinish Kathuria has worked extensively in the areas of Industrial Organization and Environmental Economics and publishes in reputed journals like Ecological Economics and World Development. He is currently in the Ph.D advisory committee of some doctoral students under the Sustainable Hyderabad Megacity program at the Division of Resource Economics, Humboldt University Berlin. // March 2012

  • June 2012 National Workshop - Update

    On 8 June a Workshop on "Crafting or Designing? Intended Institutional Change for Social-Ecological Systems" will take place. The Sustainable Hyderabad Project and the Albrecht-Daniel-Thaer Kolloquium 2012 will bring together interdisciplinary scientists to engage into the challenge of understanding institutional arrangements whose purpose is to mediate social-ecological change. Please click here for more information.

    On 11 June the internal Project Meeting will take place and on 12 June there will be the Research Colloquium of Megacities Researchers (S-FoKo). // February 2012

  • Within the "Visitors Program of the Federal Republic of Germany" of the International Green Week 2012 the Divison of Resource Economics organises a discussion about "Insight and experience gained from German-international research cooperation in the field of agricultural and sustainability studies in the “Sustainable Hyderabad Project”. It takes place on 20 January at 2 p.m. in the Deanery Hall of the Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture, Humboldt University Berlin. Please click here for the program of the International Green Week.
    // January 2012

  • March 2013 Final Conference of Megacity Project Hyderabad
    This conference will deal with the results of the last analytical step - Formulation and Declaration of a PAP for Hyderabad. It is proposed to keep the results of the Megacity Project Research in the form of a Perspective Action Plan for Hyderabad for discussion. Apart from scientific discussions, the focus will be on the necessary institutional innovation and governance changes in facilitating the implementation of PAP. Commitments for PAP - evolved out of the joint implementation of this 5 year Project - by key Actors from the local Government, private, public and civil society will be the highlight of this conference. // January 2012

  • October 2012 International Megacity Project Workshop Hyderabad
    This Workshop is proposed to deal with three key analytical steps of the Research Agenda of the Megacity Project: (a) Monitoring, Evaluation and Networking of the Pilot Projects to synthesise outcomes on Crafting Rules by Discourse (b) Appraisal and Implementation of Capacity Building Measures within all Pilot Projects(c) Towards formulating a Perspective Action Plan (PAP) for Hyderabad. However, the focus of the Workshop will be on the first two parts of the Agenda, where as the formulation and declaration of the PAP for Hyderabad will be the task of the final conference in March 2012. // January 2012

  • June 2012 National Workshop
    The Megacity Project will present its three day National Workshop. We invite PhDs and PostDocs doing their research on megacities to participate in the Young Researchers Day (1st workshop day). Paper contributions will be published in a Special Issue of the Emerging Megacities Series. Further details and the "Call for papers" will follow. The second day of the Workshop will be used for the internal advisory board meeting in order to discuss the next strategic steps for the Megacity Project. Lastly, the third Workshop day is dedicated to "Institutional Change", with the participation of well-known researchers from all over the world. Further details will be communicated soon! // January 2012

  • Information on Pilot Projects has been updated. For further details see . // November 2011

  • Please click here for the Press Note of the Kick-Off Workshop for the Pilot Project Education for Sustainable Lifestyles at Saraswatha Academy Trust High School 18-7-851, Gowlipura, Hyderabad 500 053, Saturday, 15 October, 2011 from 14:00 – 18:00 pm. // October 2011

  • International Workshop planned from 10–14 October 2011 in Hyderabad has been postponed.
    The agitation for a separate Telangana state has intensified since 19th of this month culminating into a general strike.This situation does not allow us to involve the local Government actors as well as public representatives, scientific staff, staff of municipality and others in our deliberations. However, the concrete plans for the pilot projects will be followed in detail. Our researchers are already in Hyderabad to finalise the concepts, organise workshops, sign MoU's and initiate the pilot projects. // September 2011

  • The double issue of the Newsletter 05/06 is available now. You can download it here. // September 2011

  • Special Megacity Project Session will take place at the International Conclave for Climate Change (ICCC) on 13 October 2011 from 16.30 to 17.45 at HITEX, Madhapur, Hyderabad. // September 2011
    For further details see:

  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Walther (PTV) accepted a call to a chair at the Faculty for Construction Engineering, Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar. He is now Professor at the Division for Real-Estate Investment Products. His Inaugural Lecture will be on 27 October. For the press release please click here (only in German). // September 2011

  • Tea Talk on "Urban Development in India" at the Indian Film Festival "Bollywood and beyond" in Stuttgart  “Urban researcher” Dr. Angela Jain (NEXUS) reported on trends in Indian urban development, while introducing the Sustainable Hyderabad Project to visitors of the 8th Indian Film Festival in Stuttgart (21–24 July 2011). The “Tea Talks” at the festival, which cover topics on Indian culture, politics, economy and society, enjoy wide popularity with different age and target groups. For further information please click here.

  • On 24 June 2011 a delegation of journalists from India visited our colleagues at the Division of Resource Economics, Humboldt University of Berlin. Dr. Srinivasa Reddy Srigiri first introduced the main ideas and aims of our Project. Afterwards, Christian Kimmich and Ranjan Kumar Ghosh explained their PhD research projects and how their results are linked with our Project. // July 2011

  • The group of Journalist and our colleagues during a presentation      A group foto

  • The "Food and Health Guide for Indian Middle Classes" is now available in the download section. // July 2011

  • Professor Dr. Dr. hc. Konrad Hagedorn will give a key note speech at the International Conclave on Climate Change to be held in Hyderabad, 12-14 October 2011. The Sustainable Hyderabad Project participates with a special session. Please click here for more information. // July 2011

  • Work Package 2.2 transferred from Freiburg to the University of Göttingen
    In March 2011, the WP 2.2 leader received a full professorship (W3) for Human Geography at the University of Goettingen. In July, the WP was successfully transferred from the University of Freiburg i. Br. to Goettingen. For the new contact information please click here. // July

  • On 8 July the first HIP Workshop will take place from 3 pm to 7 pm. Aim of this workshop is information exchange of all Indian-related projects at the Humboldt University. Venue is the Institute of Asian and African Studies (IAAW) in Invalidenstrasse 118 / entry via Schlegelstrasse 26, room 217. // June 2011

  • Sustainable Hyderabad Project at "Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2011" in Berlin
    “Paradox City: Urban development in India through the example of Hyderabad.” Under this motto, Lina Polom and Tobias Kuttler from NEXUS presented inspiring details about the “Sustainable Hyderabad Project” in front of more than 100 interested listeners at the Berlin-Charlottenburg city hall. Central to their discourse, which was embedded in a discussion forum about “Unfamiliar world metropolises: Urban development in North Africa, Iran and India,” was a focus on the rapid urbanisation processes in newly industrialising and developing countries, illustrated through our work in Hyderabad. The presentation was given on 28 May 2011 at the 11th Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (“Long Night of the Sciences”): an annually held chance for interested visitors to gain a broad insight into current research projects at research institutes in Berlin and Brandenburg. // June 2011

  • On 18 May our Young Researchers' Day took place. Please click here to see the Programme. // June 2011

  • The double issue of the Newsletter 03/04 is available now. You can download it here. // April 2011

  • The next National Workshop of the project will take place from 18–20 May 2011. During the first day our young researchers and new DAAD fellowship holders of the Project get the possibility to present their new research results. At the second and third several closed events will take place such as the regular Steering Committee Meeting.// April 2011

  • The next Special Research Colloquium for PhD and Post-Doctoral researchers of the "Sustainable Hyderabad" project will take place on 30 March 2011 at the Division of Resource Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. // March 2011

  • After the seminar in September 2010, PTV held their next seminar on sustainable transportation planning at NIT Warangal from 21–26 February 2011.

  • On the 19th of February the Workshop "Concepts for Sustainable Street Food in Hyderabad" held in Hyderabad was a great success. For more information please click here for the flyer.

  • Megacity researchers jointly attend the exhibition "Energie = Arbeit" on Saturday, 12 February 2011.
    How much work is in a piece of chocolate, and how much energy does a cell phone contain? What does the human body accomplish, and what will the energy supply of the future be like? Nothing works without energy – but could we possibly manage with less? The exhibition "Energie = Arbeit" pursued these questions and explored the equally abstract and fascinating world of energy. The Sustainable Hyderabad Project contributed to the exhibition with videos and a poster by Lutz Meyer-Ohlendorf (PIK) that exhibited case studies of different urban lifestyles in Hyderabad. These illustrated how social conditions reflect energy consumption and CO2 emissions and what impact social advancement could have on the city’s energy requirements. More information (in German): Exhibition Energie = Arbeit.

  • Supported by RESS researchers and Prof. Naresh Kumar Sharma from the Department of Economics at Hyderabad University, Dr. Zikos organised a further seminar on “Exploring Conflicts over Natural Resources from an Institutional and Experimental Perspective” at the Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University on 24 January 2011. During this event and the event on January 20, more than 60 faculty members, PhD and postgraduate students were introduced to the Sustainable Hyderabad Project and to the role of institutions in environmental discourses as they participated in demonstrative experiments on social dilemmas.

  • A seminar was held at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University on 20 January 2011. During the event, titled “Governance, Institutions and the Political Dimensions of Conflicts over Natural Resources”, Project Coordinator Dr. Dimitrios Zikos and PhD researcher Bhuvanachithra Chidambaram focused on the traffic- and transport-related questions of the project. Professor S. Kumar, Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Planning and Agriculture, supported the event and opened the fruitful discussion that followed.

    A list of other recently held lectures, seminars and courses can be accessed here.

  • “Sustainable Hyderabad” Project goes to Hyderabad for IASC Conference. For more information click here.

  • Sarah Nischalke (Cult-Geo) publishes Booklet “Have you had your lunch” – Food and Health Guide for Indian middle classes” 2010. You find more information here.

  • Please click here to read Bhuvana Chidambaran's (PhD researcher) interview in the DAAD magazine (German).

  • Our project successfully participated in the international conference on ‘Future Megacities in Balance: New Alliances for Energy- and Climate-Efficient Solutions’ (11–13 October 2010), organised by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research at the World Heritage Site ‘Zeche Zollverein’ in Essen, Germany. For more information click here.

  • A highlight of the Megacity programme was our meeting in Essen. Together with the University of Duisburg-Essen, the DAAD organized the “Young Researchers' Symposium on Future Megacities”, which was held under the patronage of the BMBF on 9–10 October 2010. Project members – both German and foreign fellows from all ten BMBF-funded projects – were invited to present and to share their research results together with two additional Megacity projects. Also, fellows from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) out of the programme “Megacities – Megachallenge” (University of Cologne), whose regional focus is Bangladesh/Dhaka and the Pearl River Delta of China, and fellows from the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren (HGF) from the project “Risk Habitat Megacity” (UFZ Leipzig), focussing on Latin America and Santiago de Chile, joined our meeting and gave insights in their research areas. DAAD will publish the discussions, presentations and findings of this fruitful meeting around May this year.
    Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of the Hyderabad Project participated with great enthusiasm in the event. There had been 11 oral presentations and 14 poster contributions about the project in various working groups of the symposium. Prof. Konrad Hagedorn, the project leader of “Sustainable Hyderabad”, gave the keynote lecture on ‘Analytical Frameworks for Institutional Analysis of Climate, Energy and Natural Resource Issues’. The symposium was an excellent opportunity for these young researchers to learn about experiences from other megacities of the world on similar issues and build networks for future knowledge sharing and collaboration.

  • A capacity building workshop for teachers and women “Make the healthy choice an easy choice” was conducted on 4 October 2010 in Hyderabad, organised by Sarah Nischalke, assisted by Anne Dahmen. The objective was to promote healthy and climate-friendly lifestyles and food consumption and initiate discussion on how to address this subject at the level of schools and Anganwadi centers (primary health care centers). The 52 participants consisted of teachers from such schools and centers in Hyderabad and several lower-middle-class women. You can find a Telugu article on this event in our media section.

  • On a workshop “Walkable City Hyderabad”, held on 30 September 2010 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU), scientists, planners and representatives of public authorities discussed strategies for improvement of the situation for pedestrians. It was organized by a team from the Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, Right to Walk Foundation, and JNAFAU together with NEXUS, PTV and the Habitat Forum, Berlin. The focus was on evaluating the problems faced by pedestrians in Hyderabad and discussing solutions to create appropriate and attractive infrastructure for them. Walkable City Hyderabad follows up on a series of activities initiated in 2009, including the citizens’ exhibition “Ready to Move...!”, an online discussion forum, several summits and a conference on traffic and transport (“Citizens Charter for Urban Transport”), where the issue of pedestrian safety was identified as a “most urgent” one.

  • Please click here for more news of the Sustainable Hyderabad Project (Issues 01 and 02 - Spring / Summer 2010)

  • The new Project-Flyer is available!

  • The International Workshop of the ‘Sustainable Hyderabad’ project took place in Hyderabad from 27 September to 1 October 2010. The workshop kicked off with an inaugural ceremony on 27 September at Hotel Golconda. Honourable Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Mr. N. Kiran Kumar Reddy; Honourable Ministers of Government of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. D. Sridhar Babu and Mr. J. Krishna Rao; along with other dignitaries from the private sector and civil society graced the occasion and addressed the workshop participants. On behalf of the consortium, Prof. Markus Hanisch conveyed a summary of the research agenda and achievements of the project. During the following days, deliberations were conducted by the German and Indian researchers together with key stakeholders on perspectives for adaptation of the National Action Plan on Climate Change for Hyderabad. Research results from different focus fields were presented and discussed in relation to the various National Missions stated in the National Action Plan. The workshop ended successfully with participative designing of pilot activities for achieving these Missions.

  • The exhibition Energie = Arbeit, organised by the Brandeburger Tor Foundation will take place in Berlin from September 2010 to February 2011. The exhibition is supported by BMBF under the initiative “Science Year 2010: The Future of Energy”. The Project Sustainable Hyderabad will participate with exhibits from India. You can find a poster or our project here. More information (in German): Exhibition Energie = Arbeit.

  • Saikumar C. Bharamappanavara, Doctoral Researcher of Agricultural Economics (Division of Cooperative Sciences) at Humboldt University, received the 2nd prize of the University Meets Microfinance Awards for his master thesis. For more information click here.

  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) announced new scholarships under the special programme “Study and Research Scholarships of Today for the Megacities of Tomorrow” 2010 – 2012, financed by the BMBF and offering highly qualified postdocs, senior scientists and senior experts the opportunity to do research in megacity-project-relevant subject areas. The closing date for applications is 30th September 2010. You find more information here!

  • February 2010 - Information on lectures given by our project partners are now available!
    Please click here for further information!

  • January 2010 - Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel Prize winner in Economics attended the Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board on 14 January 2010 at the Division of Resource Economics.

  • Scientific Advisory Board Meeting
    Prof. Ostrom, Prof. Opschoor, Prof. Hagedorn, Prof. Messner
    (from left to right)

    Elinor Ostrom, Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, Hans Opschoor, Professor of Economics and Sustainable Development at the Institute of Social Studies, University of The Hague, and Dirk Messner, Professor of Political Science and Director of the German Development Institute (DIE) Bonn - the members of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Megacity Project Hyderabad discussed the state of progress of the Project  and gave recommendation on its further research directions. In the evening a banquet with the representatives of Humboldt University and members from various faculties took place. Professor Uwe Jens Nagel, Vice President for Academic and International Affairs, expressed the University’s gratitude for Professor Ostrom’s long-standing collaboration with the University. In 2007, Professor Ostrom had received the Honorary Doctorate of Humboldt University. In May 2009, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation had honored Professor Ostrom with the Reimar-Lüst Award. For that award, she had been nominated by Professor Konrad Hagedorn, Berlin and Professor Michael Kirk, Marburg.

  • October 2009 - Member of the Project's Scientific Adivisory Board has been awarded Nobel Prize!
    The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2009 to Prof. Elinor Ostrom (jointly with Prof. Oliver Williamson).