Marcel Rutten

Marcel RuttenMarcel Rutten's research activities concentrate on natural resource management, notably of land and water, in (semi-)arid Africa. In addition, his interest is directed to (eco)tourism and Kenyan politics. Currently three research programmes are being carried out: conflicts over land; famine and drought coping strategies; and sustainable development of low-cost water sources (shallow wells).

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Keywords: land tenure, land governance, land conflicts, water, drought, drylands, climate change, nomadic pastoralism, Maasai, Turkana, Orma, wildlife conservation, eco-tourism, Kenya (population, politics, election observation, terrorism, economy). 

Dr. M.M.E.M. (Marcel) Rutten
Senior researcher
+31 (0)71 527 3396
Room number: 3.A03

Publications by M.M.E.M. Rutten in the ASCL catalogue
Displaying 1 - 81 of 81

Dying cows due to climate change? : drought can never finish the Maasai cattle, only the human mouth can (Maasai saying)
(2016)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: T. Tvedt; T. Oestigaard
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

The land broker : the underrated role of the land broker in land transfers in Africa
(2016)
M.M.E.M. Rutten; M.N Mwangi
Type of Publication: Other

Large-scale land acquisitions in Ethiopia : implications for agricultural transformation & liveliood security
(2015)
M. Shete; M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: R. Hall; I. Scoones; D. Tsikata
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Large-scale land acquisitions in Ethiopia : implications for agricultural transformation & liveliood security
(2015)
M. Shete; M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: R. Hall; I. Scoones; D. Tsikata
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Water dynamics in the seven African countries of Dutch policy focus : Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan : general report and pressing needs
(2014)
A.J. Dietz; M.M.E.M. Rutten; M. van den Bergh; D.W.J. Foeken; S. Hees; R. Hemsteede; F. Jarawura; L. Nijzink; G. Seuren; F. Veldkamp
Type of Publication: Other

How natural is natural?: seeking conceptual clarity over natural resources and conflicts
(2014)
M.M.E.M. Rutten; M. Mwangi
Editors: M. Bavinck; L. Pellegrini; E. Mostert
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Sanitation in Africa : access to improved sanitation facility and improvement index
(2013)
Editors: D.W.J. Foeken; M.M.E.M. Rutten; N. de Vink
Type of Publication: Other

Drinking water in Africa : access to improved drinking water source and improvement index
(2013)
Editors: D.W.J. Foeken; M.M.E.M. Rutten; N. de Vink
Type of Publication: Other

A happy marriage of traditional and modern knowledge - shallow wells: a sustainable and inexpensive alternative for boreholes in Kenya?
(2010)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: B. Calas; C.A.M. Martinon
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Dashed hopes and missed opportunities: anti-malaria policy in Kenya, 1896-2009
(2010)
M.M.E.M. Rutten; K. Ombongi
Editors: M. Dekker; R.A. van Dijk
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Harry Thuku
(2010)
M.M.E.M. Rutten; K. Ombongi
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Conference file
(2010)
A.J. Dietz; M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: M.K. van Klinken; J. Seitah
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Ali Mazrui
(2010)
M.M.E.M. Rutten; K. Ombongi
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Harry Leakey
(2010)
M.M.E.M. Rutten; K. Ombongi
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Weapons of mass destruction: land, ethnicity and the 2007 elections in Kenya
(2010)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: R. Southall; P. Kagwanja
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Kenya
(2009)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: D. Sagar
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Weapons of mass destruction: land, ethnicity and the 2007 elections in Kenya
(2009)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Ignoring another inconvenient truth? Challenges in managing Africa's water crisis
(2009)
M.M.E.M. Rutten; M. Mwangi
Type of Publication: Other

Tourism in Africa
(2008)
W.E.A. van Beek; M.M.E.M. Rutten; M.J. Spierenburg
Type of Publication: Other

Kenia en de 'stammenstrijd'
(2008)
A.J. Dietz; M.M.E.M. Rutten
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Inside poverty and development in Africa : critical reflections on pro-poor policies
(2008)
Editors: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A.H.M. Leliveld; D.W.J. Foeken
Type of Publication: Book

Een beeld van stabiliteit : onlusten in Kenia
(2008)
A.J. Dietz; M.M.E.M. Rutten; P. Wiggers
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Ecotourism initiatives in the East African region
(2007)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: G. Bartles
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

'It's the contract, stupid!'
(2007)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Findings, views and policies on migration in Kenya
(2006)
M.M.E.M. Rutten; K. Muli
Type of Publication: Conference Paper

Kenya
(2006)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: A. Mehler; H. Melber; K. van Walraven
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Is er (weer) plaats voor ontwikkelingsgeografie?
(2006)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Kenya: nineteenth century, precolonial
(2005)
M.M.E.M. Rutten; K. Ombongi
Editors: K. Shillington
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Kenya
(2005)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: A. Mehler; H. Melber; K. van Walraven
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Kenya
(2005)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: B. Szajkowski
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Tourism
(2005)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: K. Shillington
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Addis Ababa
(2005)
M.M.E.M. Rutten; T. Degefa
Editors: K. Shillington
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Over het plagiaat van Arend Jan Boekesteijn
(2004)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Partnerships in community-based eco-tourism projects: examples from the Maasai region, Kenya
(2004)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Type of Publication: Conference Paper

Kenya
(2004)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: B. Szajkowski
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Drought Planning and Rainwater Harvesting for Arid-Zone Pastoralists: The Turkana and Maasai (Kenya) and the Negev Bedouin (Israel): Social Constraints and Opportunities
(2003)
H.J. Bruins; M.M.E.M. Rutten; J.J. Akong'a; G.M. Kressel
Editors: M.A.F. Ros-Tonen
Type of Publication: Book

Epilogue : after the count
(2001)
M.M.E.M. Rutten; F. Grignon
Editors: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Mazrui; F. Grignon
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

The Kenya 1997 general elections in Maasailand: of 'sons' and 'puppets' and how KANU defeated itself
(2001)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Mazrui; F. Grignon
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Conclusion
(2001)
M.M.E.M. Rutten; F. Grignon
Editors: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Mazrui; F. Grignon
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Observing and analysing the 1997 general election : an introduction
(2001)
M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Mazrui; F. Grignon
Editors: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Mazrui; F. Grignon
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

'Fresh Killings': The Njoro and Laikipia violence in the 1997 Kenyan election aftermath
(2001)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Mazrui; F. Grignon
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Out for the count : the 1997 general elections and prospects for democracy in Kenya
(2001)
Editors: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Mazrui; F. Grignon
Type of Publication: Book

The Kenyan media in the 1997 general elections: a look at the watchdogs
(2001)
J. Kadhi; M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Mazrui; F. Grignon
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

East Africa's pastoral peoples in the 21st century: of land and conflicts
(2000)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Type of Publication: Conference Paper

Ecotoerisme: Brandhaarden langs de evenaar
(2000)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Type of Publication: Conference Paper

The Kenyan general elections of 1997 : implementing a new model for international election observation in Africa
(2000)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: G.J. Abbink; G.S.C.M. Hesseling
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Mzungu, Mzungu! Pitjur, pitjur! Toerisme in Afrika
(2000)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: H. ter Borg; I. van Kessel
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Explanatory frameworks for non-sustainable natural resource management practices: a critique of the perception rationale
(1999)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: K. von Benda-Beckmann; H.W. Flinker
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Nederlandse geografen over Afrika
(1999)
M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Harts-Broekhuis; P. Quarles van Ufford; T. Gesthuizen; A. van Haastrecht; L. de Winther; H. Huisman; A. de Jong
Type of Publication: Journal Article

The Kenya 1997 general elections in Maasailand
(1998)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Type of Publication: Conference Paper

Land tenure frontiers and food security among Maasai pastoralists in Kenya
(1998)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: H. Bruins; H. Lithwick
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

The media in multiparty Kenya: a look at the watchdogs
(1998)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Type of Publication: Conference Paper

The diversity of development : essays in honour of Jan Kleinpenning
(1997)
A.L. Naerssen; M.M.E.M. Rutten; J.M.G. Kleinpenning
Type of Publication: Book

Van Eratosthenes tot Jan Kleinpenning. Verleden en toekomst van het geografisch onderzoek aan de KUN, in het bijzonder met betrekking tot Afrika
(1997)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: A.J. Dietz; J.M.G. Kleinpenning; A.L. van Naerssen; M.M.E.M. Rutten; J.G. Smit
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Land reform in Africa : lessons from Kenya
(1997)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: A.L. Naerssen; M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Zoomers
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Ecotoerisme in Kenia: een praktijkvoorbeeld
(1997)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Drought: scientific definitions and the Maasai concept
(1995)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Type of Publication: Conference Paper

The Maasai concept of drought
(1995)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Type of Publication: Journal Article

The Struggle for Land and Livestock among the Turkana, (ex) nomadic pastoralists of North-West Kenya
(1989)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
Editors: G. Peperkamp; C. Remie
Type of Publication: Book Chapter
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Drought Planning and Rainwater Harvesting for Arid-Zone Pastoralists: The Turkana and Maasai (Kenya) and the Negev Bedouin (Israel): Social Constraints and Opportunities
Amsterdam: KIT Publishers, 2003
H.J. Bruins; M.M.E.M. Rutten; J.J. Akong'a; G.M. Kressel
Editors: M.A.F. Ros-Tonen

Parks beyond parks : genuine community-based wildlife eco-tourism or just another loss of land for Maasai pastoralists in Kenya?
London: International Institute for Environment and Development, Issues paper no. 111 2002
M.M.E.M. Rutten
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The diversity of development : essays in honour of Jan Kleinpenning
Assen: Van Gorcum, 1997
A.L. Naerssen; M.M.E.M. Rutten; J.M.G. Kleinpenning

Selling wealth to buy poverty : the process of the individualization of landownership among the Maasai pastoralists of Kajiado district, Kenya, 1890-1990
Saarbrücken [etc.]: Breitenbach, Nijmegen studies in development and cultural change, ISSN 0935-7173 ; 10 1992
M.M.E.M. Rutten
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'Large-scale land acquisitions in Ethiopia : implications for agricultural transformation & liveliood security'
In: R. Hall; I. Scoones; D. Tsikata: 'Africa's land rush : rural livelihoods and agrarian change', Woodbridge: James Currey Ltd, 2015.

'Large-scale land acquisitions in Ethiopia : implications for agricultural transformation & liveliood security'
In: R. Hall; I. Scoones; D. Tsikata: 'Africa's land rush : rural livelihoods and agrarian change', Woodbridge: James Currey Ltd, 2015.

'How natural is natural?: seeking conceptual clarity over natural resources and conflicts'
In: M. Bavinck; L. Pellegrini; E. Mostert: 'Conflicts over natural resources in the Global South: conceptual approaches', Boca Raton [etc.]: CRC Press, 2014.

'A happy marriage of traditional and modern knowledge - shallow wells: a sustainable and inexpensive alternative for boreholes in Kenya?'
In: B. Calas; C.A.M. Martinon: 'Shared waters, shared opportunities: hydropolitics in East Africa', Nairobi: French Institute for Research in Africa, 2010.

'Weapons of mass destruction: land, ethnicity and the 2007 elections in Kenya'
In: R. Southall; P. Kagwanja: 'Kenya's uncertain democracy: the electoral crisis of 2008', London and New York: Routledge, 2010.

'Harry Leakey'
'Encyclopedia of African thought', New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

'Ali Mazrui'
'Encyclopedia of African thought', New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

'Harry Thuku'
'Encyclopedia of African thought', New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

'Conference file'
In: M.K. van Klinken; J. Seitah: 'The future of Maasai pastoralists in Kajiado District, Kenya; proceedings of a conference held in Limuru, Kenya, 28-31 May 1989,', Kajiado: ASAL Programme Kajiado, 2010.

'Dashed hopes and missed opportunities: anti-malaria policy in Kenya, 1896-2009'
In: M. Dekker; R.A. van Dijk: 'Markets of well-being: navigating health and healing in Africa', Leiden/Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2010.

'Kenya'
In: D. Sagar: 'Political parties of the world', London: John Harper Publishing, 2009.

'Ecotourism initiatives in the East African region'
In: G. Bartles: 'Connecting the agendas - proceedings of the RMNO conference on sustainable development of tourism', The Hague: Advisory Council for Research on Spatial Planning, Nature and the Environment (RMNO), 2007.
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'Kenya'
In: A. Mehler; H. Melber; K. van Walraven: 'Africa yearbook: politics, economy and society South of the Sahara in 2005', Leiden: Brill, 2006.

'Addis Ababa'
In: K. Shillington: 'Encyclopedia of African History', New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2005.
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'Tourism'
In: K. Shillington: 'Encyclopedia of African History', New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2005.
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'Kenya'
In: B. Szajkowski: 'Political parties of the world ; an international reference guide', John Harper Publishing, 2005.
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'Kenya'
In: A. Mehler; H. Melber; K. van Walraven: 'Africa yearbook : politics, economy and society South of the Sahara in 2004', Leiden: Brill, 2005.
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'Kenya: nineteenth century, precolonial'
In: K. Shillington: 'Encyclopedia of African History', New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2005.
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'Kenya'
In: B. Szajkowski: 'Revolutionary and dissident movements of the world', 2004.
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'The Kenya 1997 general elections in Maasailand: of 'sons' and 'puppets' and how KANU defeated itself'
In: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Mazrui; F. Grignon: 'Out for the count : the 1997 general elections and prospects for democracy in Kenya', 2001.
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'Observing and analysing the 1997 general election : an introduction'
In: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Mazrui; F. Grignon: 'Out for the count : the 1997 general elections and prospects for democracy in Kenya: (2001)', 2001.
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'Conclusion'
In: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Mazrui; F. Grignon: 'Out for the count : the 1997 general elections and prospects for democracy in Kenya: (2001)', Kampala: Fountain Publishers, 2001.
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'Epilogue : after the count'
In: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Mazrui; F. Grignon: 'Out for the count : the 1997 general elections and prospects for democracy in Kenya: (2001)', Kampala: Fountain Publishers, 2001.
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''Fresh Killings': The Njoro and Laikipia violence in the 1997 Kenyan election aftermath'
In: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Mazrui; F. Grignon: 'Out for the count : the 1997 general elections and prospects for democracy in Kenya: (2001)', Kampala: Fountain Publishers, 2001.
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'The Kenyan media in the 1997 general elections: a look at the watchdogs'
In: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Mazrui; F. Grignon: 'Out for the count : the 1997 general elections and prospects for democracy in Kenya: (2001)', 2001.
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'The Kenyan general elections of 1997 : implementing a new model for international election observation in Africa'
In: G.J. Abbink; G.S.C.M. Hesseling: 'Election observation and democratization in Africa', London: MacMillan, 2000.
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'Mzungu, Mzungu! Pitjur, pitjur! Toerisme in Afrika'
In: H. ter Borg; I. van Kessel: 'Beelden van Afrika', Utrecht: Uitgeverij Het Spectrum, 2000.
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'Explanatory frameworks for non-sustainable natural resource management practices: a critique of the perception rationale'
In: K. von Benda-Beckmann; H.W. Flinker: 'Papers of the XIth international congress folk law and legal pluralism: Societies in transformation', 1999.
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'Land tenure frontiers and food security among Maasai pastoralists in Kenya'
In: H. Bruins; H. Lithwick: 'The arid frontier- interactieve management of environment and development', Dordrecht [etc.]: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998.
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'Van Eratosthenes tot Jan Kleinpenning. Verleden en toekomst van het geografisch onderzoek aan de KUN, in het bijzonder met betrekking tot Afrika'
In: A.J. Dietz; J.M.G. Kleinpenning; A.L. van Naerssen; M.M.E.M. Rutten; J.G. Smit: 'SGO in Reünie', Nijmegen: Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, 1997.

'Ecotoerisme in Kenia: een praktijkvoorbeeld'
'Onderwijs wereldreis - Derde Wereld, vrede, milieu en mensenrechten', Nijmegen: Stichting Onderwijs Wereldwijs, 1997.

'Land reform in Africa : lessons from Kenya'
In: A.L. Naerssen; M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Zoomers: 'The diversity of development : essays in honour of Jan Kleinpenning', Assen: Van Gorcum, 1997.
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'The district focus policy for rural development in Kenya: The decentralization of planning and Implementation, 1983-9'
In: D. Simon: 'Third World regional development: A reappraisal', London: Paul Chapman Publishers, 1990.
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'The Struggle for Land and Livestock among the Turkana, (ex) nomadic pastoralists of North-West Kenya'
In: G. Peperkamp; C. Remie: 'The Struggle for Land World-wide', Nijmegen: NICCOS, 1989.
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Inside poverty and development in Africa : critical reflections on pro-poor policies
M.M.E.M. Rutten; A.H.M. Leliveld; D.W.J. Foeken (editors)
Leiden ; Boston: Brill, African Dynamics 7, 2008.
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Out for the count : the 1997 general elections and prospects for democracy in Kenya
M.M.E.M. Rutten; A. Mazrui; F. Grignon (editors)
Kampala: Fountain Publishers, 2001.

'Weapons of mass destruction: land, ethnicity and the 2007 elections in Kenya'
in: Journal of contemporary African studies, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 305 - 325, 2009.

'Een beeld van stabiliteit : onlusten in Kenia'
in: Vice versa : vakblad ontwikkelingssamenwerking, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 40 - 41, 2008.
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'Kenia en de 'stammenstrijd''
in: Geografie, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 6 - 10, 2008.
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''It's the contract, stupid!''
in: Indigo, no. 1, pp. 12 - 15, 2007.

'Is er (weer) plaats voor ontwikkelingsgeografie?'
in: Geografie, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 11 - 14, 2006.
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'Over het plagiaat van Arend Jan Boekesteijn'
in: Internationale Samenwerking, vol. 10, pp. 51 - 51, 2004.

'Nederlandse geografen over Afrika'
in: Geografie, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 14 - 35, 1999.
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'Huwelijk tussen traditionele en moderne kennis : 'shallow wells' en 'boreholes' in Kenia'
in: Derde wereld : tijdschrift over imperialisme, onderontwikkeling en verzet, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 209 - 228, 1998.
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'The Maasai concept of drought'
in: Kajiado Focus, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 3, 1995.
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