Dr.ir. Maurits W. Ertsen
Irrigation is closely associated with the start of human civilization, has been a major technology in (post-)colonial development efforts, and is regaining importance within debates on climate, water & food. I want to know how irrigation realities emerge from short-term actions of (non-)human agents.
- Read my new book on the Gezira Scheme in Sudan, published by Palgrave in 2016. In 2014, I presented the outline of the book at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany, and was interviewed about it.
- Member scientific committee of IHOPE - Integrated History & Future of People on Earth
- Member of the LDE Center for Global Heritage and Development on Heritage & Environment.
- Expert in the Erbil Plain Archaeological Survey (EPAS), directed by Jason Ur.
- Teaching Civil Engineering in Developing Countries (CIE5560), Water Management Research (CTB3415) and Water Systems, People and Society (CIE4410).
- Coordinating the Honours Programme of CEG.
- President of the International Water History Association.
- With Heather Hoag, editor of Water History, the journal of IWHA.
- In 1993, MSc in irrigation from Wageningen University. PhD in 2005 from Delft UT.
- Ertsen M.W., Mauch C. and Russell E. (2016) Molding the planet. Human niche construction at work. Rachel Carson Center Perspectives, Transformations in Environment and Society, Munich, Germany
- Ertsen M.W. (Online first 2016) Friendship is a slow ripening fruit. An agency perspective on water, values, and infrastructure, World Archaeology
- Pramana K.E.R. and Ertsen M.W. 2016 Towards systematic planning of small-scale hydrological intervention-based research, Hydrology and Earth Systems Science, 20, 4093–4115
- Ertsen M.W. 2016 Improvising planned development on the Gezira Plain, Sudan, 1900-1980, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, USA
- Ertsen M.W. 2016 A matter of relationships: Actor-networks of colonial rule in the Gezira irrigation system, Sudan. Water Alternatives 9(2)203-221
- Ertsen M.W. 2016 Colonial and post-colonial irrigation efforts in the Office du Niger, Inner Delta of the Niger, 1900-2000, in: Tvedt T. and Oestigaard T. (eds) Food and Water. Africa in a Global Context, Taurus, London, 231-250
- Zhu T., Ertsen M.W. and Van de Giesen N.C. 2015 Long term effects of climate on Human adaptation in the Middle Gila River Valley, Arizona, America, Water History, Vol 7, Issue 4, pp 511-531
- Ertsen M.W. and Kaptijn E. 2015 A narrow place can contain a thousand friends. Irrigation as a response to climate in the Zerqa triangle, Jordan. In: Kerner S., Dann R. and Bangsgaard P.J. (eds) Climate and Ancient Societies, Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen, 137-155
- Lonnquest J., Toussaint B., Manous Jr. J. and Ertsen M.W. (eds) 2014 Two Centuries of Experience in Water Resources Management. A Dutch-U.S. Retrospective, Institute for Water Resources, US Army Corps of Engineers, Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Alexandra, Virginia - free download, just click the title!
- Ertsen M.W., Murphy J.T., Purdue L.E. and Zhu T. 2014 A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step – Human agency, hydrological processes and time in socio-hydrology, Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences 18, 1369-1382 (Predictions under change: water, earth, and biota in the Anthropocene)
- Pande S., Ertsen M.W. and Sivapalan M. 2014 Endogenous technological and demographic change under increasing water scarcity, Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences, 18, 3239-3258 (Predictions under change: water, earth, and biota in the Anthropocene)
- Pande S. and Ertsen M.W. 2014 Endogenous change: on cooperation and water in ancient history, Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences, 18, 1745-1760 (Predictions under change: water, earth, and biota in the Anthropocene)
- Ertsen M.W. 2014 A poor workman blames his tools or how irrigation systems structure human actions. In: Casella E., Evans G., Harvey P., Knox H., Mclean C., Silva E., Thoburn N. and Woodward K. (eds) Objects and Materials. A Routledge Companion, Routhledge, 40-49
Systems of interest
- Field work in the Gezira irrigation system
- Colonial irrigation in Africa and the Netherlands East Indies
- Ancient irrigation in Jordan and the Americas
- Junior Delft