The possibility of a new emancipatory and democratizing politics, explored through the lens of recent urban insurgencies. In Promises of the Political , Erik Swyngedouw explores whether progressive and emancipatory politics is still possible in a post-political era. If the political domain has been systematically narrowed into a managerial apparatus in which consensual governance prevails, where can we find any possibility of a new democratic politics? Swyngedouw examines this question through the lens of recent urban insurgencies. Swyngedouw grounds his argument in urban and ecological processes, struggles, and conflicts through which post-politicization has become institutionally entrenched.

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The University of Manchester. He previously held a professorship at Oxford University. He is also visiting professor at the University of Ghent, Belgium. His research focuses on political ecology and political economy, with a particular interest in theorizing the society-nature articulation from a broadly historical-geographical materialist analysis.

In addition, he has worked on urban socio-ecological dynamics, urban governance, politics of scale, and the geographical dynamics of advanced capitalist society.

He has worked extensively on issues of water and water politics, and the political ecology of water and urbanization. Recent work focuses on the democratic politics and the strategies and tactics of new political movements, and the political ecology of desalination. He has published over academic papers in leading academic journals in geography and cognate disciplines and in scholarly books.

Moulaert and A. Rodriguez , In the Nature of Cities edited with N. Heynen and M. Forthcoming books include a monograph on the political ecology of water in Spain forthcoming with MIT Press and Spectres of the Political edited with J. Wilson, Edinburgh University Press. He likes listening to all sorts of good music rock, jazz, classical, opera , getting lost in big cities, debating radical politics, and cooking good food to share with friends.


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From Urban and Industrial Environments. An examination of the central role of water politics and engineering in Spain's modernization, illustrating water's part in forging, maintaining, and transforming social power. In this book, Erik Swyngedouw explores how water becomes part of the tumultuous processes of modernization and development. Using the experience of Spain as a lens to view the interplay of modernity and environmental transformation, Swyngedouw shows that every political project is also an environmental project.

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