Professor Erik Swyngedouw
Professor of Geography.
I have a long-standing interest in understanding the political, economic, and environmental dynamics of capitalism and the social forces and practices that aim at its transformation towards a more genuinely humanising geography.
My academic research interests include:
- hydro-social conflict;
- urban governance and urban movements;
- democracy and political power; and
- the politics of globalisation.
I am particularly interested in the relationship between urbanisation and the environmental transformation. Some of this work has been published in monographs that explore the relationship between water, social power and urbanization:
- Social Power and the Urbanisation of Water, Oxford University Press, 2003
- Liquid Power, MIT Press, 2015
- In the Nature of Cities (co-edited, Routledge, 2006)
More recently, I have been working on the transformation of democratic societies and the processes of de-politiciisation and re-politicisation as expressed in both environmental activism and urban political movement. This research has recently been published in a co-edited book (with Japhy Willson):
- The Post-Political and its Discontents: Spectres of Radical Politics Today (Edinburgh University Press, 2014)
I am currently working on a new book, provisionally entitled The Promises of the Political. I was previously professor of geography at Oxford University and held the Vincent Wright Visiting Professorship at Science Po, Paris, 2014.
For more detail and a list of Erik’s publications, see his research profile: