The Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) has been charged with developing a Technology Watch on Sustainable Habitat for the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. In this connection, IGCS, along with the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) is focusing on periurban sustainability to understand climate resilience in this domain, and are leading the consortium “Periurban Initiative”.


The Periurban Initiative is an open network of researchers, policymakers, bloggers and community activists interested in understanding the dynamics of change outside the borders of cities in the 21st century. Its mission is to use this understanding to develop interventions for sustainability, i.e., build economic prosperity equitably, maintain environmental integrity, and strengthen social solidarity.

Researchers, policymakers, bloggers and community activists from around the world are welcome to engage as members of the Initiative.


The Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) is a centre for research, scholarship and academic exchange located at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM). Born out of an ongoing effort to strengthen Indo-German ties and to bring together German and Indian researchers for furthering exchange of ideas and increased platforms for dialogue, it was launched in 2010 to promote sustainable development in Germany, India and South Asia.

Currently, research is being carried out on issues such as periurban development, designing sustainable waste management as well as air-quality and water-resource management systems for the city of Chennai in the changing context of climate change.


Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) is an Indian not-for-profit research organisation incorporated in 2005 u/s 25 of The Companies Act, 1956. As one of the largest Think Tanks in South Asia, CSTEP has grown to become a multi-disciplinary policy research organisation in the areas of Energy, Infrastructure, Security Studies, Materials, Climate Studies and Governance.