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Dr C.F. (Crelis) Rammelt

Assistant Professor Environmental Geography and International Development Studies
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
GPIO : Governance and Inclusive Development

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: B4.15
Postal address
  • Postbus 15629
    1001 NC Amsterdam
Social media
  • Profile

    Dr Crelis Rammelt is an assistant professor in environmental geography and development studies at the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. He is also teaching at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, at the UvA Faculty of Science His research and teaching  focus on forging links across disciplinary divides—mostly in the areas of political ecology, post-development, degrowth and systems science. Crelis has also been involved in establising the Dutch degrowth plaform Ontgroei and leading an action research and social justice programme with practitioners in Bangladesh.

    Expertise and research fields

    • Political Ecology
    • Degrowth
    • Post-Development
    • Ecological Economics

    Administrative role

    • Member of management team Future Planet Studies
    • Coordinator Future Society Track for Future Planet Studies

    Relevant links 

    The Governance and Inclusive Development research group at the AISSR


  • Research

    Research methods

    • Systems thinking
    • System dynamics
    • Action research
    • Mixed methods

    Current research projects

    • A safe and just corridor for people and planet: How do we avoid crossing safe planetary boundaries in a just way?
    • Degrowing unequal exchange: How should the net appropriation of resources be downscaled in order to achieve justice for the peripheries of the global South

    Research grants & honours

    Received the UNSW University International Postgraduate Award (PhD). Collaborated on various successful grant applications, including for Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Queensland Department of Community Safety, UNSW International Research Collaboration, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, public and private funding partners (including Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, JICA, WaterAid).

    Current cooperations 

  • Teaching & PhD supervision
    • BA courses: System Dynamics (Toekomstige Uitdagingen en Innovatieve Oplossingen course), Degrowth (UvA-wide elective), Quality of Life Research, Bachelor Project Future Planet Studies Future Society Track thesis supervision (on prefigurative degrowth policy and practice), Litterature Study
    • MA courses: Spatial Sustainability: Advanced Environmental Geography and Planning, GEO-track thesis supervision (on degrowth and ecologically unequal exchange)

    PhD projects that you supervise

    • Eric Vaughan: Post-growth inclusive development perspectives for reconciling biodiversity conservation and development challenges in the Global South
    • Augusto Heras: Climate change, fossil fuels and the energy transition in the Global South
    • Frank de Morrée: The role of philanthropy in climate change, fossil fuels and the energy transition
  • Publications


    • Gupta, J., Liverman, D., Prodani, K., Aldunce, P., Bai, X., Broadgate, W., Ciobanu, D., Gifford, L., Gordon, C., Hurlbert, M., Inoue, C. Y. A., Jacobson, L., Kanie, N., Lade, S. J., Lenton, T. M., Obura, D., Okereke, C., Otto, I. M., Pereira, L. M., ... Verburg, P. H. (2023). Earth system justice needed to identify and live within Earth system boundaries. Nature Sustainability.


    • Gebru, K. M., Rammelt, C., & Leung, M. (2022). Paradoxes of Inclusion: Adverse Effects of Inclusive Interventions in Northern Ethiopia. European Journal of Development Research, 34(5), 2324–2345. [details]
    • Rammelt, C. F., Gupta, J., Liverman, D., Scholtens, J., Ciobanu, D., Abrams, J. F., Bai, X., Gifford, L., Gordon, C., Hurlbert, M., Inoue, C. Y. A., Jacobson, L., Lade, S. J., Lenton, T. M., McKay, D. I. A., Nakicenovic, N., Okereke, C., Otto, I. M., Pereira, L. M., ... Zimm, C. (2022). Impacts of meeting minimum access on critical earth systems amidst the Great Inequality. Nature Sustainability.


    • Gebru, K. M., Rammelt, C., Leung, M., Zoomers, A., & van Westen, G. (2021). The commodification of social relationships in agriculture: Evidence from northern Ethiopia. Geoforum, 126, 350-360. [details]
    • Gupta, J., Bavinck, M., Ros-Tonen, M., Asubonteng, K., Bosch, H., van Ewijk, E., Hordijk, M., Van Leynseele, Y., Lopes Cardozo, M., Miedema, E., Pouw, N., Rammelt, C., Scholtens, J., Vegelin, C., & Verrest, H. (2021). COVID-19, poverty and inclusive development. World Development, 145, [105527]. [details]
    • Gupta, J., Liverman, D., Bai, X., Gordon, C., Hurlbert, M., Inoue, C. Y. A., Jacobson, L., Kanie, N., Lenton, T. M., Obura, D., Otto, I. M., Okereke, C., Pereira, L., Prodani, K., Rammelt, C., Scholtens, J., Tàbara, J. D., Verburg, P. H., Gifford, L., & Ciobanu, D. (2021). Reconciling safe planetary targets and planetary justice: Why should social scientists engage with planetary targets? Earth System Governance, 10, [100122]. [details]
    • Rammelt, C. F. (2021). The impact of COVID-19 on the eradication of poverty: an incorrect diagnosis. Third World Quarterly, 42(2), 441-447. [details]
    • Rammelt, C. F., & Gupta, J. (2021). Inclusive is not an adjective, it transforms development: A post-growth interpretation of Inclusive Development. Environmental Science & Policy, 124, 144-155. [details]




    • Rammelt, C. (2018). Infrastructures as Catalysts: Precipitating Uneven Patterns of Development from Large-Scale Infrastructure Investments . Sustainability, 10(4), [1286]. [details]
    • Rammelt, C. F., Leung, M., & Gebru, K. M. (2018). The Exclusive Nature of Inclusive Productive Employment in the Rural Areas of Northern Ethiopia. Work, Employment and Society, 32(6), 1044-1060. [details]
    • Rammelt, C. F., Masud, Z. M., & Masud, A. (2018). The Waterways of Tangail: Failures to Learn from Flood-Control Efforts in the Brahmaputra Basin of Bangladesh. Water Alternatives, 11(1), 106-124. [details]




    • Rammelt, C. F. (2014). Participatory Action Research in Marginalised Communities: Safe Drinking Water in Rural Bangladesh. Systemic practice and action research, 27(3), 195-210.
    • Rammelt, C. F., & Crisp, P. (2014). A systems and thermodynamics perspective on technology in the circular economy. Real-World Economics Review, 68, 25-40. [details]
    • Rammelt, C., Masud, Z., Boes, J., & Masud, F. (2014). Toxic injustice in the Bangladesh water sector: A social inequities perspective on arsenic contamination. Water Policy, 16(S2), 121-136.





    • Rammelt, C., & Boes, J. (2008). The autonomy of local drinking water institutions in rural Bangladesh. In Groundwater for Sustainable Development: Problems, Perspectives and Challenges (pp. 399-407). CRC Press.


    • Quist, J., Rammelt, C., Overschie, M., & de Werk, G. (2006). Backcasting for sustainability in engineering education: The case of Delft University of Technology. Journal of cleaner production, 14(9-11), 868-876.


    • Rammelt, C. F., & Boes, J. (2005). Implementation of safe drinking water supplies in Bangladesh. In Natural Arsenic in Groundwater: Occurrence, Remediation and Management - Proceedings of the Pre-Congress Workshop "Natural Arsenic in Groundwater (BWO 06)", 32nd International Geological Congress (pp. 307-317)


    • Rammelt, C. F., & Boes, J. (2004). Arsenic Mitigation and Social Mobilisation in Bangladesh. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 5(3), 308-319.


    • De Werk, G., Rammelt, C. F., & Mulder, K. F. (2004). Interdisciplinary education as a way of shaping real sustainable engineers? In D. Ferrer-Balas, K. F. Mulder, J. Bruno, & R. Sans (Eds.), International Conference on Engineering Education in Sustainable Development (EESD2004) CIMNE and UPC.
    • Rammelt, C. F., & Boes, J. (2004). Technological Education and Projects in Developing Countries: Possibilities and Constraints. In D. Ferrer-Balas, K. F. Mulder, J. Bruno, & R. Sans (Eds.), International Conference on Engineering Education in Sustainable Development (EESD2004) CIMNE and UPC.


    • Baumber, A., Rammelt, C. F., Ampt, P., & Merson, J. (2012). Bioenergy from Native Agroforestry: planning for a Regional Industry in the NSW Central Tablelands. Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
    • Brown, P. F., Arvanitakis, J., Chapple, R., Merson, J., & Rammelt, C. F. (2012). Disaster Management Community Engagement and Education: Environmental Scan and Options Analysis. Research Findings. A report for Emergency Management Queensland. Queensland Department of Community Safety.


    • Merson, J., Ampt, P., Rammelt, C. F., & Baumber, A. (2011). Bioenergy from Native Agroforestry: an assessment of its potential in the NSW Central Tablelands. Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.

    Media appearance


    • Rammelt, C. F. (2009). Development and Infrastructure in Marginalised Communities, Safe Drinking Water in Rural Bangladesh. University of New South Wales.
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