SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Mr Chris Büscher

MSc in Culture, Organisation and Management (VU University Amsterdam); BA in International Tourism Management & Consultancy (NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences)
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Chris Büscher
Mr Chris Büscher
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Thesis title:
Water and development in a variegated capitalism. Dutch water aid & trade development reproducing and transforming water access in Mozambique
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Year of Entry 2014
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Chris is trained as an (organisational) anthropologist at the VU University in Amsterdam. During his BA and MSc studies, he studied the tourism and development nexus in Southern Africa, in particular in Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho. He combined the final (thesis writing) stage of his MSc with a traineeship at the water division of Rijkswaterstaat, the executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. This was his first professional encounter with the world of water. Dedicated to further understanding water in relation to social and political processes, he has worked as a researcher in the Dutch and European water sector (for KWR Watercycle Research institute) since completion of his MSc in 2008. From the 2014-2015 academic year onwards, he has combined his work for KWR with his part-time PhD at SOAS.

PhD Research

In my PhD I investigate the evolving links between water and capital within contemporary Dutch water aid and trade development, and ask how related development actors and mechanisms shape water access and control in Mozambique. The project is multi-level and multi-sited. In the Netherlands I examine processes and strategies related to the aid and trade development policy regime adopted by the Dutch state in 2013. I then assess how these are made specific for and put into practice in the Mozambican context. Hence in Mozambique, I look at interactions between Dutch and Mozambican state and non-state actors on the national policy/governance level, as well as how actual development interventions are jointly carried out by Dutch and Mozambican water development agencies. Theoretically I use, and aim to contribute to, political ecology literature on changing nature-society relations under contemporary, variegated capitalism.


  • Agudelo-Vera, C.M., E.J.M. Blokker, C.H. Büscher and J.H.G. Vreeburg (2014). Analysing the dynamics of transitions in residential water consumption in the Netherlands. Water Science & Technology: Water Supply, 14 (5), pp. 717-727
  • Frijns, J., C.H. Büscher, A. Segrave and M. van der Zouwen (2013). Dealing with Future Challenges: a Social Learning Alliance in the Dutch Water Sector. Water Policy, 15 (2), pp. 212-222
  • Segrave, A., C.H. Büscher and J. Frijns (2012). Participatory Futures Research and Social Learning for Integrated Watershed Management. In: Lagutov, V. Environmental Security in Watersheds: The Sea of Azov. Dordrecht: Springer


  • Büscher, C.H. (2015). The financialisation of water and international development in Mozambique: A Cultural Political Economy perspective. Paper presented at the Inaugural Conference on Cultural Political Economy, Lancaster University, Lancaster (UK), 2 September 2015
  • Büscher, C.H. (2008). The Midget and the Giant: Transfrontier Community-Based Tourism in Lesotho and South Africa. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual International Association for the Study of Environment, Space and Place Conference, Towson University, Towson, USA, 25-27 April 2008


  • Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Económicos (IESE), Grupo de Investigação de Economia e Desenvolvimento, Maputo, Mozambique  
  • Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Departamento de Arqueologia e Antropologia, Maputo, Mozambique


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  • Mozambique
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