Why all Urban Hydrology Is Social Hydrology: Evidence from Bangalore

6:00–8:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


Rapidly burgeoning urban agglomerations in Asia present a unique challenge to hydrology as natural hydrological cycles are severely affected by human activity. Bangalore has seen  major qualitative and quantitative changes in its aquifers, but the groundwater withdrawal rates are poorly characterised. In this talk, Prof. Malghan discussed how his ongoing collaborative work on building a social metabolism framework can contribute to understanding three central aspects of the urban water conundrum: equity, biophysical sustainability, and economic efficiency.

About the speaker

Deepak Malghan is an ecological economist with primary interest in theoretical  models of the economy-­ecosystem interaction problem. His empirical research interests include social hydrology and ecological  distribution. He is currently working  on two projects: one on reformulating ecological economics from a "scale"perspective; and the other on the history of the idea of efficiency from its origins in Scottish enlightenment. Malghan’s research is highly interdisciplinary and routinely uses  technical tools from economics, chemical engineering, historical analysis,  hydrology, and ecology. Deepak is on the faculty of Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore where he directs the Ecological Political Economy Lab.