2011: Hydrology and Empire. The Nile and the partition of Africa, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 39, 2: 173-193.
Why did the British march up the Nile in the 1890s? The answers to this crucial question of imperial historiography have direct relevance for narratives and theories about imperialism, in general, and the partition of Africa in the nineteenth century, in particular. They will also influence our understanding of some of the main issues in the modern history of the whole region, including state developments and resource utilisation.
This article presents an alternative to dominant interpretations of the partition of Africa and the role of British Nile policies in this context. It differs from mainstream diplomatic history, which dominates this research field, in its emphasis on how geographical factors and the hydrological characteristics of the Nile influenced and framed British thinking and actions in the region.
Realising the importance of such factors and the specific character of the regional water system does not imply less attention to traditional diplomatic correspondence or to the role of individual imperial entrepreneurs. The strength of this analytical approach theoretically is that it makes it possible to locate the intentions and acts of historical subjects within specific geographical contexts. Empirically, it opens up a whole new set of source material, embedding the reconstruction of the British Nile discourse in a world of Nile plans, water works and hydrological discourses.
2010: “About the importance of Studying the Modern History of the Countries of the Nile Basin in a Nile perspective”, in Tvedt. T. (ed) The River Nile in the Post-colonial Age: Conflict and Cooperation in the Nile Basin Countries, London/New York: IB Tauris: 1-13.
1996: “Vassdragsperspektivet i forskningen” (The water system perspective in research), Centre for Development Studies, 5.
1996: “The Nile Waters and the Decline of British Imperialism: A History of the Aswan Power and Fertilizer Scheme 1935-1945″, Centre for Development Studies, 6.
1995: Victor Prompt and the Race to Faschoda, in Sudan Studies, Sudan Studies Association, USA.
1994: A Chronology of the Sudan 1972-1992 (259-275), in Harir and Tvedt (eds.), Short cut to Decay: the Case of the Sudan. Uppsala: Nordiske Afrikainstituttet.
1994: The Collapse of the State in Southern Sudan after the Addis Ababa Agreement. A Study of Internal Causes and the Role of the NGOs ( 69-105), in Harir and Tvedt (eds.), Short Cut to Decay: the Case of the Sudan. Uppsala: Nordiske Afrikainstituttet.
1993: The River Nile as a Stick and Carrot (181-203), in Tvedt, T. (ed.), Conflicts in the Horn of Africa: Human and Ecological Consequences of Warfare, Uppsala:EPOS.
1993: Introduction (1-14), in Tvedt, T. (ed.), Conflicts in the Horn of Africa: Human and Ecological Consequences of Warfare, Uppsala:EPOS.
1992: Uneven Regional Development in the Sudan: the Role of the Nile Waters, in Sudan Notes & Records, Khartoum: Khartoum University Press.