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Eefje Aarnoudse Personenporträt Mitarbeiterin IZNE

Dr Eefje Aarnoudse

Research associate 'Responsible Economy and Natural Resources'


International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE)

Research fields

  • Land and water governance in agricultural development contexts
  • Groundwater governance
  • Irrigation-nutrition linkages in sub-Saharan Africa


Sankt Augustin


G 033


Grantham-Alle 20

53757, Sankt Augustin


Dr. Eefje Aarnoudse holds an MSc in International Land and Water Management and a PhD in agricultural economics. For her PhD thesis she did research on the impact of groundwater regulations on small scale farmers in Northwest China. After that she continued working in the field of land and water governance but moved her geographical focus to sub-Saharan Africa. First, as postdoctoral researcher at Giessen University and later taking up management responsibilities in an agricultural water management project at GIZ in Zambia. Currently she is working on implementation research and knowledge transfer related to sustainable land management in Africa.

Curriculum vitae

since 04/2023                 Postdoctoral researcher, International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE), Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences

10/2020 – 09/2022       Advisor, Accelerate Water and Agricultural Resources Efficiency (AWARE), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Zambia

10/2017 – 03/2020        Postdoctoral researcher, Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU), Giessen University, Germany

08/2012 – 10/2016        PhD candidate, Liebniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Germany

09/2008 – 11/2010        MSc International Land and Water Management, Wageningen University, the Netherlands; MSc Agronomy and Agri-food Science, SupAgro Montpellier, France

09/2007 – 01/2008        Visiting student, China Agricultural University, China

09/2004 – 09/2007        BSc International Land and Water Management, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Research Projects

INTERFACES - Supporting Pathways to Sustainable Land Management in Africa

Land management and the securing, use, control and governance of land-related natural resources is one of the key drivers for sustainable development in Africa. Sustainable land management should contribute to food security, adaptation of agriculture and forestry to climate change, nature and environmental protection, and be organized in a way that contributes to social justice. From October 2022, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), together with INTERFACES, is supporting four regional research and development (R&D) projects that will contribute to this aim.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Wiltrud Terlau


Refereed publications
  • Qu, W., Tan, Y., Li, Z., Aarnoudse, E., Qin, T. (2020) Agricultural Water Use Efficiency - A case study of Inland River Basins in Northwest China. Nachhaltigkeit. Vol. 12(23), 10192
  • Aarnoudse, E., Bluemling, B., Qu, W., Herzfeld, T. (2019) Groundwater regulation in case of overdraft: national groundwater policy implementation in north-west China, International Journal of Water Resources Development. Vol. 35(2), pp 264-282
  • Qu, W., Li, Z., Aarnoudse, E., Tan, Y., Zhao, Y. (2018) Water saving strategy in inland river basin of Hexi Corridor in Gansu Province: conjunctive management of surface water and groundwater. Journal of Glaciology and Geocryology. Vol. 40(1), pp145-155 (in Chinese)
  • Aarnoudse, E., Qu, W., Bluemling, B., Herzfeld, T. (2017) Groundwater quota versus tiered groundwater pricing: two cases of groundwater management in north-west China, International Journal of Water Resources Development. Vol. 33 (6), pp 917-934
  • Aarnoudse, E., Bluemling, B., Wester, P., Qu, W. (2012) The Role of Collective Groundwater Institutions in the Implementation of Direct Groundwater Regulation Measures in Minqin County, China. Hydrogeology Journal. Vol. 20 (7), pp 1213-1221


Selected non-refereed publications
  • Kiratu, N.M., Aarnoudse, E., Petrick, M. (2022) Impact of irrigation on rural farm household's nutritional outcome and potential irrigation-nutrition pathways in Kenya. Poster presented at Tropentag 2022, Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech 
  • Aarnoudse, E., Closas, A., Lefore, N. (2018) Water user associations: a review of approaches and alternative management options for Sub-Saharan Africa. (International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Working Paper 180.) Colombo, Sri Lanka: IWMI. 77p.
  • Aarnoudse, E., Bluemling, B. (2017) Controlling groundwater through smart card machines: the case of water quotas and pricing mechanisms in Gansu Province, China. (Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP) Case Profile Series 02.) Colombo, Sri Lanka: IWMI. 20p.
  • Aarnoudse, E., Kuhn, L. (2015) The challenge of water scarcity for Chinas agricultural development, in: N. Sausmikat (Hrsg.) Nachhaltige Landwirtschaft in China: Landpolitik, Ernährung und Landwirtschaft. Asienhaus, Deutschland, S. 33-37
  • Aarnoudse, E. (2011) Corruption risks and governance challenges in the irrigation sector: Was sind die Prioritäten für Wasserintegrität. (Thematisches Papier des Water Integrity Network (WIN).) Berlin, Deutschland: WIN. 20p.