To set the stage for understanding peri-urban dynamics in Sriperumbudur, IGCS has created a database of maps from the 19th century onwards, with more detailed land-use maps beginning in 1991.It has created a GIS showing water bodies, built-up areas, and vegetation, as well as Census layers showing demographic information, industrial estates (SIPCOTs), and various educational and commercial institutions. These maps show substantial growth along the main industrial corridors since 2001, but not necessarily an aggregate reduction in water bodies, which show seasonal and annual variation.
In its micro-studies, IGCS researchers have developed an understanding of social resilience in some villages in the taluk, the influence of SIPCOTs on their immediate environs, the role of Tamil Nadu Water Supply Schemes in distorting traditional tank systems in Sriperumbudur town, the shifting patterns of water availability and management in the region, the exclusionary character of some gated communities and the more ambiguous form of others, the role of some cascading water tanks in flood protection and local water supply and the changing character of land-markets in terms of their spatial features.
Ongoing research includes a study on the travel demand characteristics of residents living in gated communities and solid waste management in different parts of the taluk. IGCS has also initiated community level stakeholder meetings and focus group discussions, particularly with Dalit youth in the area, to try to understand how.