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Political ecology

The Political Ecology theme runs through much of the research undertaken by geographers at The University of Manchester.

Our work encompasses many of the exciting permutations of the approach that have arisen over the last decade, particularly critical approaches like the growing incorporation of science and technology studies, urban political ecology, political theory, Marxism, and critical theoretical work on alternative socio-natural arrangements.

Manchester political ecology research engages with a series of interlocking socio-environmental crises, demonstrating the irreducibility of environmental problems to technical solutions while also signalling opportunities for engaged politics. 

Who we are

Current research projects

  • ENTITLE (funded by Maria Curie ITN). Maria Kaika, Erik Swyngedouw with partners.
  • DAM-NET: Dam-nations? A study on dams, nation-building and transboundary water relations through case studies from Ethiopia and Tajikistan.(funded by Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Award). Dr. Filippo Menga, Erik Swyngedouw.
  • TWENTY65 – Tailored water for solutions for positive impact. Alison Browne with partners.