Dr. ir. Maurits Ertsen is an associate professor from the Water Resources Management group at Delft University of Technology. His work focuses on water management and its significance in the success or collapse of human civilizations. He examines the short-term interactions between humans, water, and associated elements to understand how these interactions shape long-term patterns and processes. His research encompasses different time periods and regions, exploring the theme of water and its agents in colonial history, archaeology, environmental history, and the contemporary world.