Prof. Dr. Erik Swyngedouw

MAE. Professor of Geography


Professor Erik Swyngedouw is Professor of Geography at the University of Manchester. He is an elected Member of the Academia Europaea. He as also Researcher of the Year 2016 at the University of Manchester.


Professor Swyngedouw is Professor of Geography at the University of Manchester and previously Professor of Geography at Oxford University. He is a recognized leading international expert in environment-society relationships and the analysis of the urban capitalist space economy, with an emphasis on democratic governance, socio-environmental conflict, water politics, political economic crisis and urban political movements. He is author of “Social Power and the Urbanization of Water” (Oxford University Press, 2004).

He also co-edited “In the Nature of Cities” (Routlede, 20006). He recently co-edited (with JaphyWillson) The Post-Political and its Discontents: Spectres of Radical Politics Today (Edinburg University Press, 2014). His latest book with MIT-Press, Liquid Power, focuses on water and social power in 20th century Spain and was published in April 2015. He is an elected member of the Academia Europeae.



• 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)

• James Blaut Memorial Award, Critical and Socialist Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers (2008).

• British Academy Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship (2011)



Swyngedouw E (2015) Liquid Power: Contested Hydro-Modernities in Twentieth-Century Spain. MIT Press, Cambridge.



Title : CITY or POLIS? Antinomies of the Post-Democatic City.