With IGCS acting as a science hub and meeting place for Indo-German research on sustainability topics, it has ignited joint projects and significantly enhanced cooperation between Indian and German research institutions.

Source: Christoph Woiwode; Tim Wolters; Malin Praktiknjo; Bhuvana Varadha

Research projects are one of IGCS’ supporting pillars and are reflected by numerous workshops, meetings and project proposals. Cooperation in research projects go beyond the IGCS partner universities and we regularly work together with various German and Indian institutions.

Engaging industry partners, governmental institutions as well as other organizations have supported IGCS financially, with human capital and other resources to create solutions to sustainability challenges over the years.

Amongst other funding organizations the Department for Science and Technology, Government of India, has been committed to support a series of projects over the years.

IGCS Topics

IGCS works in the four areas of water and waste management, energy as well as land use, urban and rural development. IGCS relates these topics to climate change and the changes and threats associated with it, such as sea-level rise, extreme weather and measures for coastal protection. It also considers forthcoming societal challenges and threats caused by population growth and mobility. The centre supports interdisciplinary research exchange and teaching and thus welcomes applications from candidates from various subjects.


IGCS is interested in the sustainable use and management of Energy. Energy is a field that is diverse and interdisciplinary in technology. The conversion and use of energy has vast impacts on environment and social development. IGCS also investigates the nexus between energy and the other focus areas in IGCS of water, waste and land use. In the past, projects have been undertaken to investigate use of biofuels in engines, solar thermal systems for sewage treatment. Not only fundamental scientific investigations, but the development of technologies and field trials are also of interest in this domain.

Water Management

The water management area of the IGCS has a long experience in dealing with a high range of water issues that include fresh and seawater. IGCS seeks to understand sustainable management of coastal infrastructure and water resources in the context of climate change. The work involves climate dynamics, storm surge, inundation modelling, flood mitigation, sustainable urban drainage and integrated urban water management and effects of surface and sub-surface interaction on water. At a catchment scale, IGCS develops sustainable concepts for rural and urban river basins with an ecohydrological perspective. It includes finding the effect of multiple stressors, such as land-use change or rapid industrialization, on water quality and quantity and its effect on aquatic ecosystems.

Waste Management

At IGCS, the focus of sustainable Waste Management is on advancing the development of management strategies and technological processes, in the frame of transdisciplinary research that considers the circular economy, reuse approaches, recycling, energy recovery, socio-economic aspects, ecosystems / resource protection and climate change. Organic and inorganic waste are on focus, as both are of relevance in Indian cities and the global context. Research topics are the potential of organic wastes, waste separation, aerobic (composting) and anaerobic (biogas production) processes, thermochemical processes, and the valorization of products from these treatments. Research also includes assessing the impacts of plastic waste in coastal areas in urban regions, and management approaches to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic material. In addition to biochemical, microbiological and process-oriented questions, networking for integrated waste management with relevant stakeholders and IGCS areas on water, energy and land use plays an important role to design innovative solutions. Projects are implemented at various scales, from laboratory to technical scale, and to provide recommendations for decision-makers. Capacity building, exchanges, trainings and teaching at IIT Madras are dedicated to enhance human capital. An essential aspect is to deepen Indian-German scientific and academic cooperation and to intensify the link between theory and practice.

Land Use, Urban and Rural Development

Under the Land Use / Urban and Rural Development research area, IGCS’s focus is on urban expansion, with a particular emphasis on the peri-urban fringes of cities as well as functional urban-rural interdependencies. Researchers seek to understand the drivers behind expansion and growth, the role of institutions and policies and how they interact with urban, suburban and rural aspirations, the social, economic and environmental impacts of peri-urban growth and how these processes are governed. IGCS’ research methods range from statistical analyses and in-depth qualitative studies, to developing simulation based models of urban dynamics. IGCS seeks to be action-oriented in its research approach and our objective is to use our research insights to actively contribute to land-use planning, regional economic development, infrastructure and policy development for urban areas to support sustainability transition. The government, the private sector and civil society are seen as essential stakeholders and partners in our efforts. Most of IGCS’ efforts thus far have been centered around the city of Chennai in various projects such as
Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in peri-urban Chennai in the Study Area of Sriperumbudur: Sustainable Resources Management, Livelihoods and Governance (completed)
Water as Leverage (completed)
Peri-cene (ongoing)
Indo-German Dialogue on Green Urban Practices

Selected previous IGCS-projects

Collaborative Pathways towards Sustainability
Duration: 2013 – 2016
Funding agency: Department for Science and Technology DST

This highly interdisciplinary project investigated sustainability challenges in urban areas such as air quality, availability of water resources or the effects and treatment of waste water. The report Collaborative Pathways towards Sustainability covers the following projects:

  • Understanding Change in the Western Ghats: Modelling the effects of land use and climate change upon in-stream hydraulics in mountainous streams in rapidly urbanizing regions of the Western Ghats
  • A far-reaching solution: Development of sustainable waste management
  • Zero discharge: Design and implementation of solar thermal energy systems for domestic sewage (black water) treatment.
  • Coping with change in Sriperumbudur: Climate Change adaptation and resilience in peri-urban Chennai in the study area of Sriperumbudur – Sustainable resources management, livelihoods and governance
  • Farm to fuel: Composition-property-biodiesel relationship of biodiesel fuels of Indian and German origin for use in compression ignition engines
  • Canyons & other Hotspots: Air quality management systems to study the vulnerability and health risk due to air pollution and climate change in urban areas
  • The water resources of a city: Sustainable water resource management of Chennai basin under changing climate and land use
  • Micro-Doses: Fast sampling analyses for anthropogenic micro pollutants in wet environmental compartments.

See more info in the report (compressed file).

Research Outputs

Reports / Book Chapters

  • Steinbruch, F. and Weise, S.M. (2014): Characterization of the rainfall of Central Mozambique based on isotopes of water. In: Geostatistical and geospatial approaches for the characterization of natural resources in the environment: Challenges, processes and strategies (Ed Raju, N.J.): 187. Capital Publishing Company, India and Springer Germany, ISBN 978-93-81891-25-4.
  • Chella Rajan, S. et al. (2014): Long-term Energy and Development Pathways for India, Indo German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) Technical Report No.1: 52.
  • Chella Rajan, S., Lehmann, H. (2015): Policy Paper of the Indo-German Expert Group on Green and Inclusive Economy: Sustainable Lifestyles. Pathways and Choices for India and Germany. GIZ and Federal Environment Agency, Germany.
  • Beelen, K. (2016): Workshop Report on BYPASSLAB, By-Pass Infrastructures on the Peri-Urban Fringe, Indo-German Centre for Sustainability, IIT Madras.
  • Narasimhan, B., Bhallamudi, S. M., Mondal, A., Ghosh, S., & Mujumdar, P. (2016): Chennai Floods 2015: A Rapid Assessment. Bangalore: Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research, IISc.
  • Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (ed.) (2016): Proceedings of the Indo-German Conference on SustainabilityExploring planetary boundaries and their challenges and opportunities, February 27-28 2016, Chennai, India.
  • Ayyangar, A.; Bhargava, A.; Masillamani, B; Radhakrishnan, U; Roul, A.; Ramachandran, A., Chella Rajan, S. (2017): Future Sea Level Rise: Assessment of Loss and Damage in Chennai by 2050. Report submitted to the Tamil Nadu Land Use Research Board.
  • Philip, L., Murty; B.S.; Muraleedharan, V.R. (2018): Identification of Ecologically Sensitive Areas for Ban on “Use and Throw Plastics” and Identifying lternatives for the Same. Report prepared  for Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board by Department of Civil Engineering, Center for Technology and Policy and Indo-German Center for Sustainability, IIT Madras.
  • Thomas, A. R.; Rosario, A. P.; Philip, L., Kranert, M. (2019) Performance Evaluation of In-vessel system for Co-composting of Septage. In: Waste management and Resource efficiency, Springer, Cham.
  • Beelen, K. (2019): Back to the land: Post-political utopias of organic living. In: K.C. Ho et al. (eds.) Post-Politics and Civil Society in Asian Cities: Spaces of Depoliticisation. pp. 72-90, London: Routledge.
  • Beelen, K. (2019): Translating friction. Mapping data and (peri‐)urbanization in the case of Chennai, South India. In: T. Coomans et al. (eds.) Mapping historical landscapes in transformations: 45-62. Leuven: Leuven University Press.

Journals Articles

  • Wagner, P.D.; Kumar, S.; Fiener, P.; Schneider, K. (2011) Hydrological Modeling with SWAT in a Monsoon-Driven Environment: Experience from the Western Ghats, India. Transactions of the ASABE, 54(5), 1783-1790.
  • Fiener, P., Seibert, S. P.; Auerswald, K. (2011): A compilation and meta-analysis of rainfall simulation data on arable soils. Journal of hydrology 409 (1): 395-406.
  • Gudasz, C.; Bastviken, P.; Premke, K; Steger, K.; Tranvik, L. (2012): Constrained microbial processing of allochthonous organic carbon in boreal lake sediments. In: Limnology and Oceanography 57 (1): 163-175.
  • Dlugoß, V.; Fiener, P.; Van Oost, K.; Schneider, K. (2012): Model based analysis of lateral and vertical soil carbon fluxes induced by soil redistribution processes in a small agricultural catchment. In: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 37 (2): 193-208.
  • Koehler, B.; Corre, M.; Steger, K.; Well, R.; Zehe, E.; Sueta, J. P., Veldkamp, E. (2012): An in-depth look into a tropical lowland forest soil: nitrogen-addition effects on the contents of N2O, CO2 and CH4 and N2O isotopic signatures down to 2-m depth. In: Biogeochemistry 111 (1-3): 695-713.
  • Wagner, P. D.; Fiener, P.; Wilken, F.; Kumar, S.; & Schneider, K. (2012). Comparison and evaluation of spatial interpolation schemes for daily rainfall in data scarce regions. In: Journal of Hydrology 464: 388-400.
  • Bartels, P.; Cucherousset, J.; Steger, K.; Eklöv, P.; Tranvik, L. J.; Hillebrand, H. (2012): Reciprocal subsidies between freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems structure consumer resource dynamics. In: Ecology 93 (5): 1173-1182.
  • Bartels, P.; Cucherousset, J.; Gudasz, C.; Jansson, M.; Karlsson, J.; Persson, L.; Eklöv, P. (2012): Terrestrial subsidies to lake food webs: an experimental approach. In: Oecologia 168(3): 807-818.
  • Schmidt, M.; Reichenau, T. G.; Fiener, P.; Schneider, K. (2012): The carbon budget of a winter wheat field: An eddy covariance analysis of seasonal and inter-annual variability. In: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 165: 114-126.
  • Fiener, P.; Dlugoß, V.; Korres, W.; Schneider, K (2012): Spatial variability of soil respiration in a small agricultural watershed—Are patterns of soil redistribution important? In: Catena 94: 3-16.
  • Fiener, P.; Neuhaus, P.; Botschek, J. (2013): Long-term trends in rainfall erosivity–analysis of high resolution precipitation time series (1937–2007) from Western Germany. In: Agricultural and forest meteorology 171: 115-123.
  • Woiwode, C. (2013): Transcendence and Spirituality: Human Needs and the Practices of the Indian Svadhyaya Movement. In: Journal of Developing Societies 29 (3): 233-257.
  • Bremenfeld, S.; Fiener, P; Govers, G. (2013): Effects of interrill erosion, soil crusting and soil aggregate breakdown on in situ CO 2 effluxes. In: Catena 104: 14-20.
  • Jayakumar, R.; Steger, K.; Chandra, T. S.; Seshadri, S. (2013): An assessment of temporal variations in physicochemical and microbiological properties of barmouths and lagoons in Chennai (Southeast coast of India). In: Marine pollution bulletin 70 (1): 44-53.
  • Fiener, P.; Gottfried, T.; Sommer, M.; Steger, K. (2014): Soil organic carbon patterns under different land uses in South India. In: Geoderma Regional 2: 91-101.
  • Steinbruch, F.; Weise, S. M. (2014): Analysis of water stable isotopes fingerprinting to inform conservation management: Lake Urema Wetland System, Mozambique. In: Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C 72: 13-23.
  • Byravan, S.; Chella Rajan, S. (2015): Sea level rise and climate change exiles: A possible solution. In. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 71 (2): 21-28.
  • Schmerbeck, J.; Fiener, P. (2015): Wildfires, ecosystem services, and biodiversity in tropical dry forest in India. In: Environmental management 56 (2): 355-372.
  • Woiwode, C.; Furst, A. (2015): Anpassung an Überschwemmungen in Chennai: Möglichkeiten der Resilienzsteigerung durch kollaborative PrÄventions- und Anpassungsmassnahmen bei Überschwemmungen in Chennai, Indien [Adaptation to Floods in Chennai]. In: RaumPlanung 182 (6) and Trialog 120/121: 47-53.
  • Hackenbroch, K.; Woiwode, C. (2016): Narratives of Sustainable Indian Urbanism: The Logics of Global and Local Knowledge Mobilities in Chennai. In: South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal 14.
  • Hackenbroch, K., Woiwode, C., (2016): Narratives of Sustainable Indian Urbanism – Urban development between logics of entrepreneurial interreferencing and quiet sensitisation practices. In: Special Issue on Environmental Politics in Urban India: Citizenship, Environmental Knowledge, and Urban Political Ecologies SAMAJ 14/2016.
  • Mishra, S.; Anand, K.; Mehta, P.S. (2016): Predicting Cetane Number of Biodiesel Fuels from their Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Composition. In: Energy & Fuels.
  • Wagner, P. D.; Bhallamudi, S. M.; Narasimhan, B.; Kantakumar, L. N.; Sudheer, K. P.; Kumar, S.; Schneider, K.; Fiener, P. (2016): Dynamic integration of land use changes in a hydrologic assessment of a rapidly developing Indian catchment. In: Science of the Total Environment 539: 153-164.
  • Thangaraja, J.; Anand, K.; Mehta, P. S. (2016): Biodiesel NO x penalty and control measures-a review. In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 61: 1-24.
  • Attermeyer, K.; Flury, S.; Jayakumar, R.; Fiener, P.; Steger, K.; Arya, V.; Wilken, F.; Van Geldern, R., Premke, K. (2016): Invasive floating macrophytes reduce greenhouse gas emissions from a small tropical lake. In: Scientific reports 6.
  • Steinbruch, F.; Weise, S. M. (2016): Characterization of the rainfall of Central Mozambique based on isotopes of water. In: Geostatistical and Geospatial Approaches for the Characterization of Natural Resources in the Environment: 321-325. Springer International Publishing.
  • Thangaraja, J.; Anand, K.; Mehta, P.S. (2016): Predicting surface tension for vegetable oil and biodiesel fuels. In: RSC Advances 6 (88): 84645-84657.
  • Springer, C.; Heldt, N. (2016): Identification of locally available structural material as co-substrate for organic waste composting in Tamil Nadu, India. In: Waste Management & Research 34 (6): 584-592.
  • Woiwode, C. (2016): Off the beaten tracks: The neglected significance of interiority for sustainable urban development. In: Futures 84: 82-97.
  • McWethy, D. B.; Neumann, F.H.; Steinbruch, F.; Ryan, C. M.; Valsecchi, V. (2016): Late Quaternary vegetation development and disturbance dynamics from a peatland on Mount Gorongosa, central Mozambique. In: Quaternary Science Reviews 137: 221-233.
  • Jose, T. K.; Anand, K. (2016): Effects of biodiesel composition on its long term storage stability. In: Fuel 177: 190-196.
  • Sivadas, D.; Vasudevan, K. (2016): Stability Analysis of Three Loop Control for Three Phase Voltage Source Inverter Interfaced to the Grid based on State Variable Estimation. In: 2016 IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES), Trivandrum: 1-6.
  • Krithika, D.; Thomas, A. R.; Iyer, G. R.; Kranert, M.; Philip, L. (2017): Spatio-temporal variation of septage characteristics of a semi-arid metropolitan city in a developing country. In: Environmental Science and Pollution Research 24 (8): 7060-7076. DOI 10.1007/s11356-016-8336-z.
  • Sharon, H.; Reddy, K. S.; Krithika, D.; Philip, L. (2017): Experimental performance investigation of tilted solar still with basin and wick for distillate quality and enviro-economic aspects. In: Desalination 410: 30-54.
  • Jeyaseelan, T.; Mehta, P. S. (2017): Correlating Engine NOx Emission with Biodiesel Composition. In: Journal of The Institution of Engineers (India): Series C 98 (3): 253-260.
  • Mishra, S.; Krishnasamy, A. (2017): A Composition Based Approach for Predicting Performance and Emission Characteristics of Biodiesel Fuelled Engine. SAE Technical Paper, No. 2017-01-2340.
  • Mishra, S.; Anand, K.; Santhosh, S.; Mehta, P. S. (2017): Comparison of biodiesel fuel behavior in a heavy duty turbocharged and a light duty naturally aspirated engine. In: Applied Energy 202: 459-470.
  • Wilken, F.; Wagner, P. D.; Narasimhan, B.; Fiener, P. (2017): Spatio-temporal patterns of land use and cropping frequency in a tropical catchment of South India. In: Applied Geography 89: 124-132.
  • Kumar, G. H.; Mehta, P. S.; Hermanns, R. T. E. (2017): Predictive Skeletal Kinetic Model of Biodiesel Autoxidation. In: Energy & Fuels 31 (4): 4333-4342.
  • Thappeta, S. K.; Bhallamudi, S. M.; Fiener, P.; Narasimhan, B.(2017): Resistance in Steep Open Channels due to Randomly Distributed Macro Roughness Elements at Large Froude Numbers. In: Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 22 (12), ASCE.
  • Menon, J. S.; Nagendra, S. M. S. (2018): Personal exposure to fine particulate matter concentrations in central business district of a tropical coastal city. In: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association 68 (5): 415 – 429.
  • Reddy, K. S.; Sharon, H.; Krithika, D.; Philip, L. (2018): Performance, water quality and enviro-economic investigations on solar distillation treatment of reverse osmosis reject and sewage water. In: Solar Energy 173: 160-172.
  • Lele, A. D.; Vallabhuni, S. K.; Moshammer, K.; Fernandes, R. X.; Anand, K.; Narayanaswamy, K. (2018): Experimental and chemical kinetic modeling investigation of methyl butanoate as a component of biodiesel surrogate. In: Combustion and Flame 197: 49-64.
  • Steinhausen, M.J.; Wagner, P. D.; Narasimhan, B.; Waske, B. (2018): Combining Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data for improved land use and land cover mapping of monsoon regions. In: International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 73: 595-604.
  • Chaudhuri, A.; Hendricks-Franssen, H.J.; Sekhar, M. (2018): Iterative filter based estimation of fully 3D heterogeneous fields of permeability and Mualem-van Genuchten parameters. In: Advances in Water Resources 122: 340-354.
  • Wagner, P.; Bhallamudi, S. M.; Narasimhan, B.; Kumar, S.; Fohrer, N.; Fiener, P. (2019): Comparing the effects of dynamic versus static representations of land use change in hydrologic impact assessments. In: Environmental Modelling & Software 122, Elsevier.
  • Thomas, A. R.; Kranert, M.; Philip, L. (2018): In-vessel composting – a rapid ressource recovery option for septage treatment in Indian cities. In: Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 8 (4): 688–697. DOI:
  • Thomas, A. R.; Arulraj, P. R.; Kranert, M.; Philip, L. (2019): Investigation on greenhouse gas emissions and compost dynamics during in-vessel co-composting of septage and mixed organic wastes. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 17: 1675–1690. Online paper published 1 July 2019.
  • Fromhold-Eisebith, M.; Eisebith, G. (2019): What can Smart City policies in emerging economies actually achieve? Conceptual considerations and empirical insights from India. In: World Development 123: 1.
  • Deepthi, S.; Vasudevan, K. (2020): An Active Islanding Detection Strategy with Zero non-Detection Zone for Operation in Single and Multiple Inverter Mode using GPS Synchronized Pattern. In: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics 67 (7): 5554-5564.
  • Bopp, J. (2020): Local Notions of Alternative Practices: Organic Food Movements in Bangkok, Thailand and Chennai, India. In: Sustainability 2020 (12): 1952.
  • Premke, K.; Dharanivasan, G.; Steger, K.; Nitzsche, K.N., Jayavignesh, V.; Nambi, I.M., Seshradi, S. (2020): Anthropogenic Impact on Tropical Perennial River in South India: Snapshot of Carbon Dynamics and Bacterial Community Composition. In: Water 2020 (12): 1354. DOI: doi:10.3390/w12051354.

Conference Proceedings

  • Jayakumar, R.; Mhatre, S.; Chandra, T. S. (2011): Culture Independent Bacterial Diversity Analysis of Marine Water Samples Collected From a Coastal Village Near Chennai, Southeast Coast of India. In: Proceedings of International conference on Impact of Climate Change on Coastal Ecosystem (ICC – ECO 2011), Sathyabama University, Jeppiaar Nagar, Chennai, India, 978 – 81 – 922119 – 2 – 3: 181-188.
  • Steger, K.; Premke, K.; Renganathan, J.; Fiener, P. (2013): Microbial communities and carbon fluxes in a small agricultural catchment in South-East India. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Limnologie (DGL), Erweiterte Zusammenfassung der Jahrestagung 2013, Potsdam-Berlin, Germany.
  • Strehmel, A.; Fiener, P.; Wilken, F.; Hörmann, G.; Sudheer, K. P., Fohrer, N. (2013): Effects of changes in agricultural irrigation systems on surface water resources – A SWAT based study in South India. Poster Presentation at the International SWAT Conference & Workshops 15- 19 July, 2013, Toulouse, France.
  • Wagner, P.D.; Murty B. S.; Narasimhan, B.; Kantakumar, L. N.; Sudheer, K. P.; Kumar, S.; Schneider, K.; Fiener, P. (2013): Auswirkungen von Landnutzungsänderungen auf die Wasserressourcen in Indien: Mögliche zukünftige Entwicklungen im Einzugsgebiet der Flüsse Mula und Mutha oberhalb der Stadt Pune. Oral presentation at the Jahrestagung des AK Hydrologie, November 21-23, 2013, Augsburg, Germany.
  • Woiwode, C.; Selvakumar, S. (2014): Urbanization, Planning and Spirituality for a Sustainable World. Contributory paper for the 8th All India Students’ Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest, 1-2 February 2014, IIT BHU, India.
  • Attermeyer, K.; Flury, S.; Renganathan, J.; Arya, V., Steger, K.; Fiener, P.; Premke, K. (2014): Bioinvasion von Wasserhyazinthenverändern die Kohlenstoffumsetzung und Emissionen von Treibhausgasen in einemsubtropischen See in Südost-Indien. Oral presentation at the Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Limnologie 2014, Magdeburg, Germany.
  • Hörmann, G.; Schmalz, B.; Strehmel, A.; Fohrer, N.; Fiener, P. (2014): Practical problems of calibration and validation with integrated, ecohydrological models. Oral presentation at the Conference Remote sensing and Environment 2014, Bangalore, India.
  • Wagner, P.D.; Murty B. S.; Kantakumar, N. L.; Narasimhan, B.; Sudheer, K. P.; Kumar, S.; Schneider, K.; Fiener, P. (2014): Future land use change in India: A case study on land use developments and their hydrologic implications in the Mula and Mutha Rivers catchment upstream of Pune. Poster presentation at the EARSeL SIG LULC – NASA LCLUC Workshop 2014, 17-18 March 2014, Berlin, Germany.
  • Fiener, P.; Gottfried, T.; Sommer, M.; Steger, K. (2014): Layer- and land use-specific analysis of soil organic carbon patterns in a small catchment in the semi-arid and tropical south of India. Oral presentation at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014, Vienna, Austria.
  • Wilken, F.; Wagner, P. D.; Schneider, K.; Fiener, P. (2014): Untersuchung des Landnutzungs- und Landbewirtschaftungswandels unter Verwendung eines wissensbasierten Fernerkundungsalgorithmus in einemtropischen Einzugsgebiet in Südindien. Oral presentation at the Annual Conference of the South Asia Study Group, January 24 -25 2014, Freiburg, Germany.
  • Wagner, P.D.; Murty, B. S.; Narasimhan, B.; Kantakumar, N. L.; Sudheer, K. P.; Kumar, S.; Schneider, K.; Fiener, P. (2015): Integration dynamischer Landnutzungsänderungen in ein hydrologisches Modell: Verbesserte Grundlagen für ein nachhaltiges Flussgebietsmanagement in Indien. Oral presentation at the Tag der Hydrologie 2015, March 19-20 2015, Bonn, Germany.
  • Charlotte, A.; Hill, C.; John, R.; Kuttler, T.; Chella Rajan, S.; Roul, A.; Woiwode, C. (2015): Peri-urban Dynamics and Sustainability in Chennai: The Case of Sriperumbudur. In: XVI N-Aerus Conference: Who wins and who loses?: 107.
  • Hill, C. (2015): Social Resilience with respect to rapid Urbanisation: A comparative study of employment groups within peri-urban Chennai. In: XVI N-Aerus Conference: Who wins and who loses?: 92.
  • Woiwode, C. (2016): Chennai Floods 2015: A View from Cop 21 Paris Agreement Implementation in India. In:, Publications 145: 5. All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI), Ahmedabad, India.
  • Parthasarathy, V. (2016): Study on performance characteristics of a sofc powered by possible fuel gas composition from biomass gasification. Elsevier Conference Services, Abstract 02.23.
  • Kuttler, T.; Shivam, P. (2016): Infrastructure as space of multiple territories: the case of Sriperumbudur region. In: Proceedings of the Indo German Conference on Sustainability – Energy and Power: 200- 207, Chennai, India.
  • Purushothaman, K.; Devi, A.; Chella Rajan, S. (2016): Agent-based modelling of peri-urban land conversions as decisions of land-owning farmers. In: Proceedings of the Indo German Conference on Sustainability – Energy and Power: 208- 210, Chennai, India.
  • Struss, P., Steinbruch, F., Woiwode, C. (2016): Structuring the Domain Knowledge for Model-based Decision Support to Water Management in a Peri-urban Region in India. In: 29th International Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning (QR16) 2016, New York City, USA.
  • Struss, P.; Steinbruch, F.; Woiwode, C. (2016): Water Management in a Peri-urban Region in India: Designing a Model Library for Process-oriented Diagnosis and Decision Support.” Poster presentation at PHM16, Denver, Colorado, USA.
  • Sivadas, D.; Vasudevan, K. (2016): Stability analysis of three-loop control for three phase voltage source inverter interfacing to the grid based on state variable estimation. IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES) 2016.
  • Wagner, P.D., Murty B. S., Narasimhan, B.; Kantakumar N. L., Kumar, S.; Fiener, P. (2016): Analyzing the effects of dynamic representations of land use change in hydrologic impact assessments. Oral presentation at Indo-German Conference on Sustainability: Exploring planetary boundaries and their challenges and opportunities, February 27-28 2016, Chennai, India.
  • Thomas, A. R.; Rosario A., P; Philip, L.; Kranert, M. (2016): Sustainable Septage Management through In-vessel Co-composting. The  Asia-Pacific Conference on Biotechnology for Waste Conversion 2016 (BioWC), Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong SAR, China.
  • Thomas, A. R.; Rosario A., P; Philip, L.; Kranert, M. (2016): Performance Evaluation of In-vessel system for Co-composting of Septage. The 6th International Conference on Solid Waste Management (6th IconSWM), Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.
  • Delhiraja, K.; Varghese, P.; Nadar, S.; Reddy, S.; Philip, L. (2016): Preliminary Studies on Treatment of Black Water by Sustainable Technology – A Zero Liquid Discharge Toilet. Proceedings of Indo-German Conference on Sustainability: Exploring planetary boundaries and their challenges and opportunities: 179-184, February 27-28 2016, Chennai, India.
  • Fiener, P. (2016): Land use induced potential for carbon sequestration in South India–lessons learned from a detailed soil organic carbon survey in an intensively used catchment in Tamil Nadu. Oral presentation at Indo-German Conference on Sustainability: Exploring planetary boundaries and their challenges and opportunities, February 27-28 2016, Chennai, India.
  • Thomas, A. R.; Krithika D; Iyer, G. R.; Philip, L.; Kranert, M. (2016): Dewatering of Septage for Co-composting. Indo-German Conference on Sustainability: Exploring planetary boundaries and their challenges and opportunities: 179-184, February 27-28 2016, Chennai, India.
  • Thomas, A. R.; Delhiraja, K.; Iyer, G. R.; Philip, L.; Kranert, M. (2016): Optimization of bulking material for co-composting of septage. Indo-German Conference on Sustainability: Exploring planetary boundaries and their challenges and opportunities: 179-184, February 27-28 2016, Chennai, India.
  • Delhiraja, K.; Nadar, S.; Philip, L.; Reddy, S. (2017): Zero Discharge Toilet- A Sustainable Approach For Toilet Technology. Paper submitted for SANIVATION’ 2017, November 18-19 2017, Pune, India.
  • Thomas, A. R.; Rosario A., P.;  Philip, L.; Kranert, M. (2017): Decentralized Treatment Strategies for Septage Management. The 4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference (FSM4), Chennai, India.
  • Mishra, S.; Anand, K.; Mehta, P. S. (2017): A Composition Based Approach for Predicting Performance and Emission Characteristics of a Biodiesel Fuelled Engine. SAE World Congress 2017, Detroit, USA(Manuscript Id: 17SDP-0029).
  • Eluvathingal, AV; Swarup, KS (2017): Instantaneous symmetrical components based microgrid interface protection relay. In: 7th International Conference on Power Systems (ICPS): 398-403, December 21 2017.
  • Rehm, R.; Bail, C. (2017): Landnutzungsspezifische, kleinräumige Variabilität von Bodeneigenschaften in einem Kopfeinzugsgebiet der Indischen West Ghats. In: 8 Geographien: 30-33. 7. Jahrestagung des AK Südasien, January 27-28 2017, Augusburg, Germany.
  • Eluvathingal, A. V.; Swarup, K. S. (2017): An interface protection relay for networked microgrids with inverter-based sources. 2017 IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC): 1-6, Bangalore, India.
  • Kannan, S.; Kumar, G. R.; Vasudevan, K. (2018): Novel Control Strategies for Seamless Transfer of Operation of a Three Phase PV-Inverter from Grid-tied to Islanded Model, CIRED workshop 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia. 
  • Delhiraja, K.; Sharon, H.; Reddy, K.S.; Philip, L. (2018): An experimental study on performance and quality aspects of solar domestic wastewater distillation for resue and resource conservation. Oral presentation at Desalination for the environment clean water and energy conference (European Desalination Society (EDS)): 30, September 3-6 2018, Athens, Greece.
  • Struss, P.; Valchev, I. (2018): A Uniform Model Library and Knowledge-based Decision Support for Water-Energy-Food NEXUS Projects. Abstract submission at the 9th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, Fort Collins, USA.
  • Beegum, S., Vanderborght, J., Herbst, M., Simunek, J. (2019): Simulation of the long-term evolution of pesticide concentrations in the Zwischenscholle aquifer using the coupled soil-groundwater model MODFLOW-HYDRUS-MT3DMS. Oral presentation at XVI Symposium in Pesticide Chemistry Advances in risk assessment and management 2019, September 3-5 2019, Piacenza, Italy.
  • Thomas, A. R.; Praveen Rosario, A.; Philip, L.; Kranert, M. (2019): Performance Evaluation of In-vessel System for Co-composting of Septage. In: S.K. Ghosh et al (Ed), Waste Management and Resource Efficiency: 507-520. Proc. 6th IconSWM 2016, Springer.


  • Zero Discharge Toilets, developed by Professor L. Philip and Professor K.S. Reddy (filed).
  • An active method of Islanding Detection, SIVIDAS, developed by Deepthi and Professor K. Vasudevan. Indian Patent Application No. 201841030076.
  • Grid-Connected P-V Inverter Systems and method of Load Sharing Thereof, developed by Professor K. Vasudevan et. al. Indian Patent Application No. 201841030077.