Master thesis regarding the subject urbanization and water mangagement including residency in India for 2014

In the year 2014, four master theses within this context are to be assigned, dealing with different subjects in India. The offer contains of four scholarships including a two months residency in the Indian cities Hyderabad and Varanasi. During this time period the field work as well as the data collection needs to be finished. The scholarships consists of 800 € per month in India for health insurance and flight costs (575€).

The project “Interaction Urbanization and Water management” is a part of the DAAD-Program “A New passage to India”. Within this project the department of engineering geology and hydrogeology studies the interaction between high-speed urbanization and water resources. One focus of the project regards different urban players in India (e.g. Squatter, participants of the informal sector, urban middle- and high-class) and their different interactions with water resources resulting from diverse needs and actions of the urban citizens.

 

In south Asia the urban population increased five times while the whole population in that region doubled. In no other country worldwide are as many megacities as in India. In the year 2000, 3 of the 10 largest cities can be found in India. In 2015 the cities Mumbai, Delhi, Kalkutta and Bangalore will be 4 of the 30 biggest Megacities. Furthermore there will be 9 cities with more than 5 million residents on the Indian subcontinent and therefore in the category of megacities. In most of these cities, the construction of infrastructure for general supply and waste management cannot keep up with high growth rates. As a result there will be shortages in water supply and effluent disposal. The biggest challenges connected with urbanization and industrial growth in India are growing differences between the rich and the poor, growing impoverishment and slumification of the cities, lacking of supply infrastructure, disorganized settlements and bad land use as well as many environmental issues.

 

The thesis has to be written in English.

Contact: Dr. Klaus Baier (room 108)

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