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Drivers of Climate Change in Urban India

Social Values, Lifestyles, and Consumer Dynamics in an Emerging Megacity


Part of the Springer Climate book series (SPCL)

About this book


This study transcends the homogenizing (inter-)national level of argumentation (‘rich’ versus ‘poor’ countries), and instead looks at a sub-national level in two respects: (1) geographically it focuses on the rapidly growing megacity of Hyderabad; (2) in socio-economic terms the urban population is disaggregated by taking a lifestyle typology approach. For the first time, the lifestyle concept – traditionally being used in affluent consumer societies – is applied to a dynamically transforming and socially heterogeneous urban society. Methodically, the author includes India-specific value orientations as well as social practices as markers of social structural differentiation. The study identifies differentials of lifestyle-induced GHG emissions (carbon footprints) and underlines the ambiguity of a purely income based differentiation with regard to the levels of contribution to the climate problem.


Personal Carbon Footprinting lifestyle-based carbon footprint Sustainable consumption Social structure analysis Global South per capita greenhouse gas emissions Lifestyle patterns of Hyderabad Urban lifestyle dynamics Megacity Project Hyderabad

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Member of the Leibniz AssociationPotsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)PotsdamGermany

About the authors

Dr. Lutz Meyer-Ohlendorf is a social geographer at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany.

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“Drivers of Climate Change in Urban India appears most useful for social scientists studying climate change, or climate scientists interested in social and cultural impacts on emissions, especially those looking to apply a mixture of quantitative and qualitative research tools in specific urban settings.” (Christine Ro, E&U Enviroment & Urbanization,, May 06, 2019)