Gerrit Adriaan (Ad) de Bruijne

1936 –
human and urban geography
Suriname, the Caribbean, India

Curriculum vitae

1936born in Amsterdam on November 28
1954-1962student human geography and urban planning, Utrecht University
1961-1963research assistant university planning, Utrecht University
1963-1976lecturer/associate professor human geography developing countries, Free University of Amsterdam
1976PhD Free University of Amsterdam
1976-1985professor in human geography of developing countries, Free University of Amsterdam
1985-2001professor in human geography, in particular of developing countries, University of Amsterdam
2001-emeritus professor
2001-guest professor International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam

Special activities and positions (selection)

  • Co-chairman of the Indo-Dutch Programme Alternatives in Development (IDPAD)
  • Member of the scientific advisory committee of the KITLV
  • Member of the board of the Centre for Asian Studies Amsterdam (CASA)
  • Member of the editorial board of the Indian Geographical Journal


  • “Curriculum vitae: Gerrit Adriaan de Bruijne.” [including his publications]. In: I. Baud et al. (eds), Re-aligning government, civil society and the market: new challenges in urban and regional development: essays in honour of G.A. de Bruijne , Amsterdam: AGIDS, University of Amsterdam, pp. 523-532.

Selected publications

The majority of De Bruijne’s publications concern Suriname and other Caribbean countries and general human and urban geography as well. These are not included.
1972  “India.” In: G.A. de Bruijne, G.A. Hoekveld, P.L. Ploeger, Verenigde Staten, India, Roermond (Geografische verkenningen 3), pp. 113-207. – 3e revised ed. 1977.
1976  “India, een subkontinent in eenheid en verscheidenheid.” In: G.A. de Bruijne, Bijdragen tot de sociale geografie van ontwikkkelingslanden. PhD Thesis Free University, pp. 113-222.
1983  & J.J.F. Heins and P.J.M. Robben, “Agropolitan development, small scale activities and building in Tamil Nadu: some theoretical reflections.” Indian Geographical Journal 58: 71-73.
1986  India, ‘s-Gravenhage: Staatsuitgeverij (Landendocumentatie /KIT 4), 92 p.
1990  & P. Knorringa and H.J. Sommeling, “Regional development policy in Tamil Nadu.” In: K.V. Sundaram and A. Ramesh (eds), Regional planning and developement: essays on space, society and development in honour of professor R.P. Misra, New Delhi, pp. 25-36.
“Independent policy research: some comments.” Indian Geographical Journal 65,1: 66-69.
1991  “Shelter in the 1990s: world habitat day 1991.” Indian Geographical Journal 66,2: 150-155.
1992  & H. Schenk, “Where do the poor live? An analysis of residental patterns of poor inhabitants in Indian cities.” Indian Geographical Journal 67: 1-16.
1994  & H. Schenk, “Development NGOs in India: between liberal policies and communalist movements.” In: Annelet Harts-Broekhuis & Otto Verkoren (eds), No easy way out: essays on Third World development in honour of Jan Hinderink, Utrecht: [Koninklijk Nederlands aardrijkskundig genootschap etc.], pp. 269-276.
2000  & M.P. van Dijk, “Introduction.” In: M. Put and M.P. van Dijk (eds), Government and NGO interventions in dryland agriculture: a study on two projects in Andhra Pradesh, New Delhi, pp. 27-50.
Et al., “Conclusions and recommendations.” In: M. Put and M.P. van Dijk (eds), Government and NGO interventions in dryland agriculture: a study on two projects in Andhra Pradesh, New Delhi, pp. 377-400.
2001  & K.T.V. Achar and B. Bhaskara Rao, “Organisation and management of water needs in slums.” In: Hans Schenk (ed.), Slum ecology: living in India’s slums: a case study of Bangalore, New Delhi: Manohar, pp. 161-186.
2001 Globe, oikoumene and oikos: reflecties over human geography, Farewell Address University of Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam.
2008  Review with title “Geographies do matter” of: Saraswati Raju et al., Colonial and post-colonial geographies of India, New Delhi 2006. EPW 43,2: 33-37.