Erik Swyngedouw

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Erik Achille Marie Swyngedouw (Dutch: [ˈeːrɪk ˈswɪnʝədɔuw]) (born 30 July 1956) is professor of geography at the University of Manchester in the School of Environment and Development.


Born in Flemish-speaking Belgium and fluent in Dutch, English, French, and Spanish, he graduated from Sint-Jozefscollege, Hasselt in 1974. He graduated with an MSc in Agricultural Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven in 1979, with a thesis focussed on agrarian change in the community of Heers. His 1985 Master in Urban and Regional Planning was also from Leuven. He earned his PhD with a thesis entitled "The production of new spaces of production" under the supervision of the renowned Marxist geographer David Harvey at Johns Hopkins University in 1991. From 1988 until 2006 Swyngedouw taught at the University of Oxford as professor of geography and was a fellow of St. Peter's College. He began teaching at the University of Manchester in 2006.[1]


Swyngedouw has committed his studies to political economic analysis of contemporary capitalism, producing several major works on economic globalisation, regional development, finance, and urbanisation. His interests have also included political-ecological themes and the transformation of nature, notably water issues, in Ecuador, Spain, the UK, and elsewhere in Europe.[2]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Swyngedouw, E. (2015), Liquid Power: Contested Hydro-Modernities in Twentieth-Century Spain. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • Swyngedouw, E. & J. Wilson (eds.) (in press 2014) The Post-Political and its Discontents: Spaces of De-politicization, Specters of Re-Politicization. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Swyngedouw, E. (2011). IInterrogating Post-Democracy: Reclaiming Egalitarian Political Spaces Political Geography, 30, pp. 370-380
  • Swyngedouw, E. (2011) Designing the Post-Political city and the Insurgent Polis. Civic City Cahier 5. Bedford Press, London.
  • F. Moulaert Swyngedouw, E. S. Gonzalez, F. Martinelli (eds.) 2010. Can Neighbourhoods Save the City?Routledge, London and New York.
  • 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), "Globalisation or 'glocalisation'? Networks, territories and rescaling", Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 17(1), pp. 25-48.
  • 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.


  • British Academy Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship (2011)
  • James Blaut Memorial Award, Critical and Socialist Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers (2008).
  • Anniversary Award from Environment and Planning A for best paper of the year “Power, Nature and the City. The Conquest of Water and The Political Ecology of Urbanization in Guayaquil, Ecuador: 1880-1980”, Environment and Planning A, 29(2), pp. 311-332. (1997)

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