Prof Erik Swyngedouw

Professor of Human Geography

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Erik Swyngedouw

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

  • 2006- Professor of Geography, University of Manchester
  • 2011-2013 Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, University of Ghent, Belgium
  • 2011 British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow
  • June 2009 Visiting Professor, IRS, Institute for Urban and Regional Planning, Berlin, Germany
  • 2008-2010 Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • 2004-2006 Professor of Geography, Oxford University
  • 1988-2006 Official Fellow and Tutor of Geography, St. Peter's College, Oxford University
  • 1997-2004 University Reader in Economic Geography, Oxford University
  • 1988-1997 University Lecturer in Human Geography, Oxford University
  • Fall 2004 Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Geography and Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technologies, Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Summer 2004 Invited Visiting Professor, International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School 2004, The Graduate Programme in Political Science and The Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto
  • Jan-Apr 2002 Monet-Marshall Visiting Professor of European Studies, Jackson School of International Relations and Department of Geography, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Oct-Nov 2001 Visiting Professor, Department of Economic and Sociology, Universite de Lille I, France
  • May 2002 Teaching Urban and Regional Economics and Development, Department of Economic and Sociology, Universite de Lille I, France
  • 1997-2000 Associate Fellow, Environmental Change Unit, Oxford University
  • July-Oct 1998 Visiting Professor and Marie Curie Fellow, Spatial Development Research Unit, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Sept-Nov 1996 Visiting Professor and European Marie Curie Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Seville
  • Fall 1993 Visiting Professor, Institute for Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leuven, Belgium

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Awards and distinctions

  • 1997: 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
  • 2008: James Blaut Memorial Award, Critical and Socialist Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers
  • 2010: Nominated by UK HE International, Universities UK to serve on the European Research Council Board
  • 2011: British Academy Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship

Wider professional service

  • 2011- : Member of Advisory Board: Capitalism, Nature, Socialism
  • 2010: Member of Conference Advisory Committee, Conference on 'Nature Inc? Questioning the Market Panacea in Environmental Policy and Conservation', Institute of Social Studies, The Hague,
  • 2010:Elected member of the Advisory Board and Selection Committee for the appointment of an Architectural/Plannning Consultancy Team for 'Bruxelles-Métropole', the development of an urban vision for Brussels 2040
  • 2010: Assessor of Major Research Initiatives Program, Ministry of Research, Regional Government of Wallonia/Universite Libre de Bruxelles
  • 2010-13: Appointed full member to the Flemish Science Foundation Commission W&T9 on Science and Technology of Constructions and the Built Environment
  • 2010:Member of the Scientific Committee for the Second International Conference on De-growth 'Economic Degrowth Today', ICTA, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona
  • 2009:Member of the ESRC Centre for Research on Economic, Social and Cultural Change (CRESC) Theme 3: Material Powers: Culture and Social Ordering in the City (Open University University of Manchester)
  • 2009: Member of the selection committee for the appointment of the Chair in Human Geography, University of Lausanne
  • 2009:Member of the Editorial Board of Studies in Urban Humanities, Seoul
  • 2009: Appointed Member of the Advisory Board of the 'Urban Laboratory' (Urbanlab), University College London
  • 2009: Elected Member of the Scientific Committee of The Ecocity World Summit 2009, Istanbul
  • 2009: Member of Vooruitgroep, progressive think-tank, Belgium
  • 2008-10:Chair of Society and Environment Research Group (SERG), The University of Manchester
  • 2008:Invited Member of the Advisory Board of the project Urban Transitions and Climate Change, ESRC/Durham University
  • 2008:Member of the Editorial Board of Book Series 'Urban Policies and Citizenship', UNESCO Chair Book Series, University Press of Lyon (editor Bernard Jouvé)
  • 2008: Member of external assessors panel to evaluate Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University
  • 2008:Member of the International Editorial Board: Water Alternatives An Interdisciplinary Journal of Water, Politics, and Development
  • 2008:Member of International Editorial Board (European Editor), Human Geography, Clark University.
  • 2007-08: Member of Scientific Committee, Conference on 'Urban sustainable development and social sciences', University of St. Etienne
  • 2007- : Member of the Editorial Board of Books Series 'Urban and Landscape Perspectives', Springer Publishing House (ed. Vanni Maciocco)
  • 2007- : Member of International Editorial Board, ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies

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