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Sustainable Habitats in India III

PUNE05 Sep 2011 to 23 Sep 2011 Click to view details

Venue Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Institute of Environment Education and Research,Katraj-Dhankawadi, Pune - 411 043
GIZ / DAAD - Summer School

Sanitation, Low Cost Housing and Energy Efficiency in India and Germany

  • Transcend life worlds of different cultures, classes, castes and religion by common learning and field research;
  • Offer, understand and discuss multidisciplinary and multi-cultural experiences (north-south-north & south-south) concerning concepts for sanitation, low cost housing and energy efficiency;
  • Identify interfaces of green and social agendas and to discuss their upgrading with respect to their economic feasibility and performance
  • Possibly elaborate a proposal/framework for further international and national co-operations after the end of the summer school

Peer-Learning and Learning Dialogues

With a tailor made learning-design we again intend to tackle some of the communication obstacles between science and practical implementation. Well prepared learning dialogues on leading questions from different perspectives constitute the methodological backbone of Summer School.

First week: In the first week, the participants will listen to key-notes on urban policies in India, present each other their work and their concrete ongoing projects and discuss them with invited experts from India and Germany. In the end of the week, the participants will form working-groups for action research following meaningful mutual interests.

Second week: Group work at different research sites (Pune: Ecosan Services Foundation, Mysore: NIE-CREST, Kochis: environmental cell of the GIZ/ASEM-program) will be initiated in the form of action research, keeping in mind the discussion with experts from the different fields and perspectives.

Third week: During the third and final week, the working groups will incorporate their new knowledge in the Summer School plenum, elaborate enriched proposals and conclude in the presentation of the results in a public colloquium on the last day.

First Definition of learning goals

Our discussion of the pathways of knowledge between and within countries led to the following preliminary learning goals:

  1. Understanding the demand for sustainable low-cost green innovations from different cultural and class perspectives by peer-learning; elaboration of own learning goals by each working group;
  2. Understanding of the connection between volatile urban land markets characterized by multiple forms of land tenure ship (illegal/informal/precariously legal/legal) and the viability/possibility of high-tech investments in sustainable innovations.
  3. Elaboration of strategies to transcend class barriers in knowledge-transfer: e.g. under which conditions could the poorer parts of a city get energy efficient technologies and viable sanitation?
  4. Elaboration of strategies to merge social and green agendas, including international networking.
  5. Identifying traditional local knowledge and translating it into smart low-cost sustainable solutions.


Information about the Organizer(s)

Prof. Dr. Erach Bharucha, Director of the Institute of Environment Education and Research at Bharati Vidyapeeth University Pune:


Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas, Universität Köln, Geographie:


Prof. Dr. Neelima Risbud, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dpu-projects/Global_Report/pdfs/Mumbai.pdf.