Junior Research Group "Environment and Health in Arid Regions: Dynamics of Urbanisation, Challenges of Water Resource Management and New Risks for Human Well-Being"
The Junior Research Group analyses the dynamics of coupled social-ecological systems with a specific focus on health and environment. The interdisciplinary project builds on a cooperation between the South Asia Institute, the Institute of Geography and the Institute of Public Health at the Heidelberg Center for the Environment. The project aims at a better understanding of the challenges of water resource management and new risks for human well-being in urban settings. This requires the examination of links between water stress and health as well as challenges in governance.
Bazaar in Leh, Foto: Dr. Juliane Dame
Here, actors and power constellations must be taken into consideration, which have often been neglected. The project builds on empirical case studies of rapidly urbanising small- to medium-sized towns in arid regions of Chile and India. Based on the insights from the in-depth case studies, the project seeks to develop holistic conceptual approaches beyond the individual disciplines for understanding dynamics at the health and environment nexus.