The Research Unit "Social-Ecological Systems in the Indian Rural-Urban Interface" (FOR 2432) funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft is organizing the "Indo-German Conference on Rural-Urban Transitions" on 20 to 22 February 2019 at the University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore (UASB), GKVK Campus, North Block Auditorium, Bangalore.
The conference will provide a forum to explore and exchange concepts on rural-urban transitions, research approaches from different disciplinary perspectives, and the merit of interdisciplinary integration for better understanding their complexity. The structure is inspired by Ostrom’s description of Social-Ecological Systems as comprising resource and governance systems, resource units and actors, their interaction in a focal action situation, and various feedback loops. The conference will showcase current work by Indian and German partners in FOR2432, but is also inviting contributions from outside the consortium. Reference to other SES frameworks is welcome, as well as participation of stakeholders outside academia. With this conference, we aim to initiate a transdisciplinary dialogue on rural-urban development paths into a sustainable future.