A particular challenge of research related to sustainable resources management is the close interrelation of technological, environmental, economic, social and political aspects. It has to address complex human-environmental systems at various spatial scales, which are situated in a highly dynamic world.

Both institutions and programs have lasting experience in interdisciplinary applied research regarding land and urban management, and the assessment of water, energy and other renewable resources, climate change adaptation, environmental toxicology and environmental risks.


The ITT is meeting this challenge with adequate methodological approaches like systems analysis and integrated modelling as well as interdisciplinary cooperation within worldwide partner networks. It emphasizes at all stages of research the incorporation of stakeholders from administration, private and public sector. Furthermore, it is concerned with the adequate dissemination of results.

Research at the ITT is structured in Research Groups developed in each of the ITT chairs and working on the above mentioned Research Lines. In the different research groups, Chair Professors, PostDocs, PhD candidates, and MSc-Students pursue their research work on interdisciplinary topics sharpening their scientific profile through joint capacity development in specific methodologies and tools related to the management of natural resources.

Further information about the chair and the research groups please visit ITT's website at:

  • Environment and Resource Economics: Prof. Dr. Sabine Schlüter
  • Regional Management: Prof. Dr. Johannes Hamhaber
  • Integrated Land and Water Resources Management: Prof. Dr. Lars Ribbe
  • Resources Management and Environmental System Science: Prof. Dr. Jackson Roehrig
  • Water Supply and Sewage Technology: Prof. Dr. Michael Sturm
  • Renewable Energy Systems: Prof. Dr. Ramchandra Bhandari
  • Natural Resources Management: Dr. Nadir Elagib
  • Professor Emeriti: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Gaese

Further information about the research at ITT please visit ITT´s website at:



PMPCA has a significant level of involvement with outside entities of different kinds: IES from universities and other research institutes at local, national and international level; municipal, state and federal governments; transformation and service enterprises; urban and rural communities, as well as civil or non-governmental organisations. Others are consultancies across the participation in committees of municipal or state governments, river basin and water authorities.

PMPCA has a clear orientation towards the analysis and resolution of regional environmental problems.

The thesis research projects give a sample of this: sustainable development in the high land plateau, middle zone and Huasteca, in the State of San Luis Potosi; in agricultural systems and urban zones; indigenous housing; exploitation and pollution of ground and surface aquifers; small industries; environmental history, sanitation and management systems in mining areas; characterization and management of the national parks (protected areas in natural ecosystems), environmental risk and the characterisation of polluted sites, among others.

The research of the PMPCA focuses on five core themes:

  •      Prevention and Control 
  •     Environmental Assessment 
  •     Renewable Natural Resources
  •     Environmental Management   
  • Integrated Environmental Health 

Further information about the research at PMPCA please visit "Areas de investigación" at: