Marcel Rutten

Marcel RuttenThe ASCL is deeply saddened to report that Dr Marcel Rutten passed away on 12 January 2020. Read the In Memoriam.

Marcel Rutten's research activities concentrated on natural resource management, notably of land and water, in (semi-)arid Africa. In addition, his interest was directed to (eco)tourism and Kenyan politics. Research programmes focused on: 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
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'It's the contract, stupid!'
(2007)
M.M.E.M. Rutten
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

Is er (weer) plaats voor ontwikkelingsgeografie?
(2006)
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

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

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; W.M.J.van Kessel
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

'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.

'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.

'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.

'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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'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: 'Revolutionary and dissident movements of the world', 2004.
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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.
Full text

'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.
Full text

'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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'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; W.M.J.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.
Full text

'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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