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Erik Swyngedouw is Professor of Geography at the University of Manchester in its School of Environment and Development. Swyngedouw is committed to political economic analysis of contemporary capitalism, producing several major works on economic globalisation, regional development, finance, and urbanisation. Latterly his interests have turned to political-ecological themes and the transformation of nature, notably water issues, in Ecuador, Spain, the UK, and elsewhere in Europe.

Born in Belgium and fluent in Dutch, English, French, and Spanish, he studied at Leuven, then completed a PhD entitled "The production of new spaces of production" under the supervision of the renowned Marxist geographer David Harvey at Johns Hopkins University (1991). From 1988 until 2006 he taught at the University of Oxford, latterly as Professor of Geography, and was a Fellow of St. Peter's College. He moved to the University of Manchester in 2006.

Selected publications

  • Heynen, N., Kaika, M. and Swyngedouw, E. (eds.) (2005) In the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology and the Politics of Urban Metabolism, Routledge, London and New York.
  • Swyngedouw, E. (2004) Glocalisations. Temple University Press, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Swyngedouw, E. (2004) Social Power and the Urbanization of Water - Flows of Power, University Press, Oxford.
  • Swyngedouw, E. with F. Moulaert and A. Rodriguez. (eds.) (2003) The Globalized City - Economic Restructuring and Social Polarization in European Cities, University Press, Oxford.
  • Swyngedouw, E. with Getimis P., Heinelt H., Kafkalas G., Smith R. (eds.) (2002) Participatory Governance in Multi-Level Context: Concepts and Experience, Leske & Budrich, Opladen.
  • Swyngedouw, E. (1999) "Modernity and Hybridity: Nature, Regeneracionismo, and the Production of the Spanish Waterscape, 1890-1930", Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 89(3), pp. 443-465.
  • Swyngedouw, E. with A. Merrifield. (Eds.) (1996) The Urbanization of Injustice, Lawrence and Wishart, London, viii, 245 pp. Published in the US (in 1997) with: University Press, New York.
  • Swyngedouw, E. (1995) La Crisis del Abastecimiento de Agua en Guayaquil, Ed. ILDIS, QUITO.
  • Swyngedouw, E. with P. Cooke, F. Moulaert, O. Weinstein, P. Wells. (1992) Towards Global Localization: The Computing and Communications Industries in Britain and France, University College Press, London, 227pp.
  • Swyngedouw, E. with L. Albrechts, F. Moulaert, P. Roberts. (eds.) (1989) Regional Policy at the Crossroads - European Perspectives, Jessica Kingsley, London.
  • Swyngedouw, E. with L. Albrechts and D. Van Der Wee. (1984) Een Regionale Atlas van Vlaanderen (A Regional Atlas of Flanders), University Press, Leuven.

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