ZEF at 21st European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies 2010

July 20, 2010.  

For many years, the European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies (ECMSAS) has been an important platform and indicator of contemporary trends in South Asian studies worldwide. The 21st ECMSAS will host 44 panels, covering a broad range of research subjects, among them a panel co-hosted by ZEF:


Human health in urban and peri-urban South Asia


Date: 26th July 2010

Time: 11.30 to 17.00 hours

Venue: HS 5, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Main Building),

Regina-Pacis-Weg 3, 53113 Bonn



(i) Department of Political and Cultural Change, ZEF Bonn,

(ii) Department of Geography, University of Bonn, and

(iii) Department of Geography, University of Cologne


Rapid urbanisation, globalisation, climate change and increasing population has placed immense on the human health of urban societies, particulary through degradation of water and land resources. Human health is a strong indicator for the condition of the social and ecological environment of these societies. Examining human health provides a powerful lens to look into the social, economic, political, cultural and ecological transformations of rapidly urbanising societies in South Asia.


The panel proposes two sessions. The first session analysis the the “double burden” of disease that is particularly pronounced in urban areas, the changing nature of urban health risks as well as the implications for the urban health systems. The second session examines the rapid growth and and transformation of rural villages to city dimensions, or what Earth System Science Partnerships reports as ‘Peri-Urbanisation’. In specific, the session explores the causes of water resource degradation and its linkage on human health in the peri-urban societies in South Asia. The panel consists of theoretical, methodological and interdisciplinary papers on different aspects of urban and peri-urban health. The panel aims to provide a forum for researcher and practitioners from different disciplines to exchange state of the art research on health in urban and peri-urban South Asia.


Please have a look at the conference website and at ZEF's research on water and health.


Photo credits: Curt Carnemark / World Bank (front page), Rajib Dasgupta (this page)


Saravanan Subramanian

Dr. Saravanan Subramanian