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Prof. dr. ir. M.Z. (Margreet) Zwarteveen

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Programmagroep: Governance and Inclusive Development

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Kamernummer: B4.05
  • Postbus 15629
    1001 NC Amsterdam
  • Publicaties



    • Dominguez Guzman, C., Verzijl, M. A., Zwarteveen, M. Z., & Mol, A. (2021). Caring for water in Northern Peru: On fragile infrastructures and the diverse work involved in irrigation. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. https://doi.org/10.1177/25148486211052216
    • Hasan, S., Evers, J., Verzijl, A., & Zwarteveen, M. (2021). Deltas in dialogue: Imagining policy transfer from the Netherlands to Vietnam and Bangladesh as a symmetrical conversation. WIREs. Water, 8(6), [e1559]. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1559 [details]
    • Zwarteveen, M., Kuper, M., Olmos-Herrera, C., Dajani, M., Kemerink-Seyoum, J., Frances, C., Beckett, L., Lu, F., Kulkarni, S., Kulkarni, H., Aslekar, U., Börjeson, L., Verzijl, A., Dominguez Guzmán, C., Oré, M. T., Leonardelli, I., Bossenbroek, L., Ftouhi, H., Chitata, T., ... De Bont, C. (2021). Transformations to groundwater sustainability: from individuals and pumps to communities and aquifers. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 49, 88-97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2021.03.004 [details]


    • Boakye-Ansah, A. S., Schwartz, K., & Zwarteveen, M. (2020). Aligning stakeholder interests: How ‘appropriate’ technologies have become the accepted water infrastructure solutions for low-income areas. Utilities Policy, 66, [101081]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jup.2020.101081 [details]
    • Budds, J., & Zwarteveen, M. (2020). Retheorizing ecosystem services as cultural landscapes: Co-constitution, power relations, and knowledges. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 16(1), 41-59. https://doi.org/10.18848/1832-2077/CGP/v16i01/41-59
    • Hasan, S., Evers, J., & Zwarteveen, M. (2020). The transfer of Dutch Delta Planning expertise to Bangladesh: A process of policy translation. Environmental Science & Policy, 104, 161-173. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2019.11.001 [details]
    • Lankford, B., Closas, A., Dalton, J., López Gunn, E., Hess, T., Knox, J. W., van der Kooij, S., Lautze, J., Molden, D., Orr, S., Pittock, J., Richter, B., Riddell, P. J., Scott, C. A., Venot, J. P., Vos, J., & Zwarteveen, M. (2020). A scale-based framework to understand the promises, pitfalls and paradoxes of irrigation efficiency to meet major water challenges. Global Environmental Change, 65, [102182]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2020.102182



    • Batubara, B., Kooy, M., & Zwarteveen, M. (2018). Uneven Urbanisation: Connecting Flows of Water to Flows of Labour and Capital Through Jakarta's Flood Infrastructure. Antipode, 50(5), 1186-1205. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12401 [details]
    • Bossenbroek, L., & Zwarteveen, M. (2018). New spaces for water justice? Groundwater extraction and changing gendered subjectivities in Morocco’s Saïss region. In R. Boelens, T. Perreault, & J. Vos (Eds.), Water Justice (pp. 330-345). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316831847.022 [details]
    • Ferdous, M. R., Wesselink, A., Brandimarte, L., Slager, K., Zwarteveen, M., & Di Baldassarre, G. (2018). Socio-hydrological spaces in the Jamuna River floodplain in Bangladesh. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22(10), 5159-5173. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-5159-2018 [details]
    • Roth, D., Zwarteveen, M., Joy, K. J., & Kulkarni, S. (2018). Water governance as a question of justice: Politics, rights, and representation. In R. Boelens, T. Perreault, & J. Vos (Eds.), Water Justice (pp. 43-58). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316831847.003
    • Tiwale, S., Rusca, M., & Zwarteveen, M. (2018). The Power of Pipes: Mapping Urban Water Inequities through the Material Properties of Networked Water Infrastructures - The Case of Lilongwe, Malawi. Water Alternatives, 11(2), 314-335. https://www.water-alternatives.org/index.php/alldoc/articles/vol11/v11issue2/439-a11-2-6 [details]
    • Zwarteveen, M., Smit, H., Domínguez Guzmán, C., Fantini, E., Rap, E., van der Zaag, P., & Boelens, R. (2018). Accounting for Water: Questions of Environmental Representation in a Nonmodern World. In S. Lele, E. S. Brondizio, J. Byrne, G. M. Mace, & J. Martinez-Alier (Eds.), Rethinking Environmentalism: Linking Justice, Sustainability, and Diversity (pp. 227-249). (Strüngmann Forum Reports ; No. 23). The MIT Press. [details]



    • Sosa, M., & Zwarteveen, M. (2016). Questioning the effectiveness of planned conflict resolution strategies in water disputes between rural communities and mining companies in Peru. Water International, 41(3), 483-500. https://doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2016.1141463 [details]
    • Wanvoeke, J., Venot, J-P., De Fraiture, C., & Zwarteveen, M. (2016). Smallholder Drip Irrigation in Burkina Faso: The Role of Development Brokers. Journal of Development Studies, 52(7), 1019-1033. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2015.1107048 [details]
    • Wanvoeke, J., Venot, J-P., Zwarteveen, M., & de Fraiture, C. (2016). Farmers’ Logics in Engaging With Projects Promoting Drip Irrigation Kits in Burkina Faso. Society & Natural Resources, 29(9), 1095-1109. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2015.1132354 [details]
    • Zwarteveen, M. (2016). Questioning Masculinities in Water. In M. Shah, & P. S. Vijayshankar (Eds.), Water. Growing Understanding, Emerging Perspectives: Essays from Economic and Political Weekly (pp. 199-217). (Readings on the Economy, Polity and Society). Orient Blackswan.
    • Zwarteveen, M., & Liebrand, J. (2016). Performing Modernity: The Scalar Politics of Irrigation Development in Nepal. In E. S. Norman, C. Cook, & A. Cohen (Eds.), Negotiation Water Governance: Why the politics of scale matter (pp. 263-280). (Ashgate Studies in Environmental Policy and Practice ). Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781317089179 [details]


    • Ahlers, R., Budds, J., Joshi, D., Merme, V., & Zwarteveen, M. (2015). Framing hydropower as green energy: assessing drivers, risks and tensions in the Eastern Himalayas. Earth System Dynamics, 6(1), 195-204. https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-6-195-2015 [details]
    • Bossenbroek, L., & Zwarteveen, M. (2015). 'One doesn't sell one's parents': gendered experiences of shifting tenure regimes in the agricultural plain of the Sais in Morocco. In C. S. Archambault, & A. Zoomers (Eds.), Global trends in land tenure reform: gender impacts (pp. 152-168). (Routledge studies in gender and development). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315765822 [details]
    • Bossenbroek, L., van der Ploeg, J. D., & Zwarteveen, M. (2015). Broken dreams? Youth experiences of agrarian change in Morocco's Saïss region. Cahiers Agricultures, 24(6), 342-348. https://doi.org/10.1684/agr.2015.0776 [details]
    • Roth, D., Boelens, R., & Zwarteveen, M. (2015). Property, legal pluralism, and water rights: the critical analysis of water governance and the politics of recognizing "local" rights. Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 47(3), 456-475. https://doi.org/10.1080/07329113.2015.1111502 [details]
    • Wanvoeke, J., Venot, J. P., Zwarteveen, M., & de Fraiture, C. (2015). Performing the success of an innovation: the case of smallholder drip irrigation in Burkina Faso. Water International, 40(3), 432-445. https://doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2015.1010364 [details]
    • Zwarteveen, M., & Liebrand, J. (2015). Performing modernity: the scalar politics of irrigation development in Nepal. In E. S. Norman, C. Cook, & A. Cohen (Eds.), Negotiating water governance: why the politics of scale matter (pp. 263-280). (Ashgate studies in environmental policy and practice). Ashgate. [details]
    • van der Kooij, S., Zwarteveen, M., & Kuper, M. (2015). The material of the social: the mutual shaping of institutions by irrigation technology and society in Sequia Krichfa, Morocco. The International Journal of the Commons, 9(1), 129-150. http://www.thecommonsjournal.org/index.php/ijc/article/view/539/486 [details]


    • Benouniche, M., Zwarteveen, M., & Kuper, M. (2014). Bricolage as innovation: opening the black box of drip irrigation systems. Irrigation and Drainage, 63(5), 651-658. https://doi.org/10.1002/ird.1854 [details]
    • Bhushan Udas, P., Roth, D., & Zwarteveen, M. (2014). Informal privatisation of community taps: issues of access and equity. Local Environment, 19(9), 1024-1041. https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2014.885936 [details]
    • Boelens, R., Budds, J., Bury, J., Butler, C., Crow, B., Dill, B., French, A., Harris, L. M., Hoag, C., Kulkarni, S., Langridge, R., Lu, F., Norris, T. B., Ocampo-Raeder, C., Perrault, T., Romano, S., Spronk, S., Srinivasan, V., Tucker, C. M., & Zwarteveen, M. Z. (2014). Santa Cruz declaration on the global water crisis. Water International, 39(2), 246-261. https://doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2014.886936 [details]
    • Bossenbroek, L., & Zwarteveen, M. (2014). Irrigation Management in the Pamirs in Tajikistan: A Man's Domain? Mountain Research and Development, 34(3), 266-275. https://doi.org/10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-13-00087.1 [details]
    • Joy, K. J., Kulkarni, S., Roth, D., & Zwarteveen, M. (2014). Re-politicising water governance: exploring water re-allocations in terms of justice. Local Environment, 19(9), 954-973. https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2013.870542 [details]
    • Roth, D., Zwarteveen, M., Joy, K. J., & Kulkarni, S. (2014). Water rights, conflicts, and justice in South Asia. Local Environment, 19(9), 947-953. https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2012.752232 [details]
    • Sosa, M., & Zwarteveen, M. (2014). The institutional regulation of the sustainability of water resources within mining contexts: accountability and plurality. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 11, 19-25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2014:09.013 [details]
    • Venot, J-P., Zwarteveen, M., Kuper, M., Boesveld, H., Bossenbroek, L., Van Der Kooij, S., Wanvoeke, J., Benouniche, M., Errahj, M., De Fraiture, C., & Verma, S. (2014). Beyond the promises of technology: A review of the discourses and actors who make drip irrigation. Irrigation and Drainage, 63(2), 186-194. https://doi.org/10.1002/ird.1839 [details]
    • Zwarteveen, M. Z., & Boelens, R. (2014). Defining, researching and struggling for water justice: some conceptual building blocks for research and action. Water International, 39(2), 143-158. https://doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2014.891168 [details]


    • Uiterweer, N. C. P., Zwarteveen, M. Z., Veldwisch, G. J., & van Koppen, B. M. C. (2013). Redressing inequities through domestic water supply: A ‘poor’ example from Sekhukhune, South Africa. In Water Governance for Sustainable Development (pp. 55-74). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781849773768
    • Van der Kooij, S., Zwarteveen, M., Boesveld, H., & Kuper, M. (2013). The efficiency of drip irrigation unpacked. Agricultural Water Management, 123, 103-110. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2013.03.014


    • Liebrand, J., Zwarteveen, M. Z., Wester, P., & van Koppen, B. (2012). The deep waters of land reform: Land, water and conservation area claims in Limpopo Province, Olifants Basin, South Africa. Water International, 37(7), 773-787. https://doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2012.740613
    • Sosa, M., & Zwarteveen, M. (2012). Exploring the politics of water grabbing: The case of large mining operations in the Peruvian Andes. Water Alternatives, 5(2), 360-375.


    • Zwarteveen, M. (2011). Questioning masculinities in water. Economic and Political Weekly, 46(18), 40-48.


    • Udas, P. B., & Zwarteveen, M. Z. (2010). Can water professionals meet gender goals? A case study of the Department of Irrigation in Nepal. Gender and Development, 18(1), 87-97. https://doi.org/10.1080/13552071003600075
    • Zwarteveen, M. (2010). A masculine water world: The politics of gender and identity in irrigation expert thinking. In Out of the Mainstream: Water Rights, Politics and Identity (pp. 75-96). Earthscan. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781849774796
    • Zwarteveen, M. Z. (2010). The politics of gender in water and the gender of water politics. In The Politics of Water: A Survey: First Edition (pp. 184-200). Taylor and Francis Ltd..


    • Ahlers, R., & Zwarteveen, M. (2009). The water question in feminism: Water control and gender inequities in a neo-liberal era. Gender, Place and Culture, 16(4), 409-426. https://doi.org/10.1080/09663690903003926
    • Zwarteveen, M. (2009). The virtues of new water knowledge. Irrigation and Drainage, 58(2 SPEC. ISS.), S188-S194. https://doi.org/10.1002/ird.506
    • Zwarteveen, M. Z., Udas, P. B., & Vera Delgado, J. (2009). Gendered dynamics of participation in water management in Nepal and Peru: Revisiting the linkages between membership and power. In Social Participation in Water Governance and Management: Critical and Global Perspectives (pp. 69-92). Earthscan. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781849774574


    • Vera Delgado, J., & Zwarteveen, M. (2008). Modernity, exclusion and resistance: Water and indigenous struggles in Peru. Development, 51(1), 114-120. https://doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.development.1100467
    • Zwarteveen, M. (2008). Men, masculinities and water powers in irrigation. Water Alternatives, 1(1), 111-130.


    • Vera Delgado, J., & Zwarteveen, M. (2007). The public and private domain of the everyday politics of water: The constructions of gender and water power in the Andes of Peru. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 9(4), 503-511. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616740701608018


    • Boelens, R., & Zwarteveen, M. (2005). Anomalous water rights and the politics of normalization: Collective water control and privatization policies in the andean region. In Liquid Relations: Contested Water Rights and Legal Complexity (pp. 97-123). Rutgers University Press.
    • Boelens, R., & Zwarteveen, M. (2005). Prices and politics in andean water reforms. Development and Change, 36(4), 735-758. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0012-155X.2005.00432.x
    • Boelens, R., Zwarteveen, M., & Roth, D. (2005). Legal complexity in the analysis of water rights and water resources management. In Liquid Relations: Contested Water Rights and Legal Complexity (pp. 1-20). Rutgers University Press.
    • Roth, D., Boelens, R., & Zwarteveen, M. (Eds.) (2005). Liquid relations: Contested water rights and legal complexity. Rutgers University Press.
    • Udas, P. B., & Zwarteveen, M. (2005). Prescribing gender equity? The case of the tukucha nala irrigation system, central Nepal. In Liquid Relations: Contested Water Rights and Legal Complexity (pp. 21-43). Rutgers University Press.
    • Zwarteveen, M., Roth, D., & Boelens, R. (2005). Water rights and legal pluralism: Beyond analysis and recognition. In Liquid Relations: Contested Water Rights and Legal Complexity (pp. 254-268). Rutgers University Press.


    • Boelens, R., & Zwarteveen, M. (2003). The politics of Andean water policy reforms: Local and indigenous rights in the context of privatization policies. Journal fur Entwicklungspolitik, 19(4), 56-76. https://doi.org/10.20446/JEP-2414-3197-19-4-56


    • Zwarteveen, M., & Meinzen-Dick, R. (2001). Gender and property rights in the commons: Examples of water rights in South Asia. Agriculture and human values, 18(1), 11-25. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1007677317899


    • Meinzen-Dick, R., & Zwarteveen, M. (1998). Gendered participation in water management: Issues and illustrations from water users' associations in South Asia. Agriculture and human values, 15(4), 337-345. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1007533018254
    • Zwarteveen, M. Z. (1998). Identifying gender aspects of new irrigation management policies. Agriculture and human values, 15(4), 301-312. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1007576700507



    • Venot, J-P., Vos, J., Molle, F., Zwarteveen, M., Veldwisch, G. J., Kuper, M., Mdee, A., Ertsen, M., Boelens, R., Cleaver, F., Lankford, B., Swatuk, L., Linton, J., Harris, L. M., Kemerink-Seyoum, J., Kooy, M., & Schwartz, K. (2022). A bridge over troubled waters. Nature Sustainability, 5(2), 92. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-021-00835-y [details]


    • Kemerink-Seyoum, J. S., Chitata, T., Guzmán, C. D., Silva-Novoa Sanchez, L. M., & Zwarteveen, M. Z. (2020). Correction: Kemerink-Seyoum, J.S.; et al. Title Attention to sociotechnical tinkering with irrigation infrastructure as a way to rethink water governance. Water, 2019, 11, 1670. Water (Switzerland), 12(3), [624]. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12030624


    • Venot, J-P., Kuper, M., & Zwarteveen, M. (Eds.) (2017). Drip Irrigation for Agriculture: Untold Stories of Efficiency, Innovation and Development. (Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315537146 [details]
    • Zwarteveen, M., Kemerink-Seyoum, J. S., Kooy, M., Evers, J., Acevedo Guerrero, T., Batubara, B., Biza, A., Boakye-Ansah, A., Faber, S., Cabrera Flamini, A., Cuadrado-Quesada, G., Fantini, E., Gupta, J., Hasan, S., ter Horst, R., Jamali, H., Jaspers, F., Obani, P., Schwartz, K., ... Wesselink, A. (2017). Engaging with the politics of water governance. Wires Water, 4(6), [e01245]. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1245 [details]


    • Van Der Kooij, S., Zwarteveen, M., Boesveld, H., & Kuper, M. (2013). Erratum to "The efficiency of drip irrigation unpacked" [Agric. Water Manage. 123 (2013) 103-110]. Agricultural Water Management, 127, 124-126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2013.06.012


    • Dominguez-Guzman, C. (Author), Verzijl, A. (Author), & Zwarteveen, M. (Author). (2017). Thirsty mangos and thrifty farmers: dialogues between the Water Footprint and Peruvian smallholder farmers. Web publication or website, FLOWs. https://flows.hypotheses.org/457 [details]
    • Kemerink-Seyoum, J. (Author), Zwarteveen, M. (Author), Evers, J. (Author), Buist, E. (Author), & Acevedo Guerrero, T. (Author). (2017). Pluralizing water science. Web publication or website, FLOWs. https://flows.hypotheses.org/747 [details]


    • Zwarteveen, M. (2015). Regulating water, ordering society: practices and politics of water governance. (Oratiereeks; No. 529). Amsterdam: Universiteit van Amsterdam. [details]


    • Zwarteveen, M. Z. (invited speaker) (30-11-2017). Beyond inclusion: identifying and addressing the gender dimensions of water projects, Seminar for the Oxford Water network.
    • Zwarteveen, M. Z. (invited speaker) (20-6-2017). Socializing environmental flows? (or: what is social about environmental flows?), Social and Ecohydrological Science Connections for Environmental Flows, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Annapolis, Maryland, USA.
    • Zwarteveen, M. Z. (invited speaker) (10-6-2017). The Water Footprint and what it does and doesn’t do [public lecture], IHE open day.
    • Zwarteveen, M. Z. (invited speaker) (9-2-2017). Who talks about water, and how? Gendered constructions of voice and authority in the water sector, Film festival and seminar “Let’s Talk about Water”, KIT and de Balie, Amsterdam.
    • Zwarteveen, M. Z. (invited speaker) (2-2-2017). Localizing Waters: Bringing global water science initiatives down to earth, King’s College Annual Lecture 2016-2017, Human Geography Series.
    • Zwarteveen, M. Z. (keynote speaker) (24-1-2017). Questioning water’s univers-ality: a plea for localizing and plurifying water knowledge, 20th Anniversary Conference of ATREE (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment), Bangalore.




    • Boakye-Ansah, A. S. (2020). Pro-poor strategies in urban water provisioning: What Kenyan water utilities do and why they do it. CRC Press/Balkema. [details]
    • Ferdous, M. R. (2020). Socio-hydrological dynamics in Bangladesh: Understanding the interaction between hydrological and social processes along the Jamuna floodplain. [details]


    • Tutusaus Luque, M. (2019). Compliance or defiance? Assessing the implementation of policy prescriptions for commercialization by water operators. [details]
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