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Erik Swyngedouw

Professor of Geography

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MSc (Bio-Engineering), MSc (Urban and Regional Planning), PhD (Geography and Environmental Engineering)

My previous posts include Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford.

Research interests 

  • Political Economy: Socio-Economic Change, Politics, and Spatial Restructuring;
  • Water: Politics, Economics, Ecology, and urbanization;
  • The theory and politics of scale in political-economic geography and urban/regional restructuring processes;
  • Political-Ecological Theory and Practice: Nature, Society and Social Power;
  • Politics, Governance, Power and Democratic Citizenship.

Over the past two decades, I have published several books and over a hundred research papers in leading journals in the broader fields of political economy, political ecology, and urban theory and culture. My aim is to bring politically explicit yet theoretically and empirically grounded research that contributes to the practice of constructing a more genuinely humanising geography.

Current supervision topics

  • Water, Power and Reverse Osmosis Technology: water crises and solutions in the coastal towns of the Western Cape, South Africa;
  • Government of water, circulation and the city: transforming Singapore from tropical ‘backwater’ to global ‘hydrohub’;
  • Everyday landscapes: a landscape political ecology of swiflet farming in Malaysian cities;
  • Mining shareholder value: financialization, extraction and the geography of gold mining;
  • Insurgent practices and housing in Spain: making urban commons?;
  • Making fish: nature, science and capital in Newfoundland and Labrador’s cod aquaculture industry;
  • Critical perspectives on the water-energy nexus: seawater desalination in San Diego and Baja California;
  • Against work, against nature? More than human politics of value production.

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