Hydro-Social Infrastructures

Erik Swyngedouw
23th- 24th october 2014

Professor Swyngedouw will hold a number of shorter sessions of 1.5-2 hours each, focusing on water and hydro-social issues. Students will also become involved in a concluding discussion seminar.
A draft programme:
The question of Nature: Theorising and Researching Waterscapes
The hydro-social cycle: circulations and metabolisms
Urban Water: Drowning in Water and Starving from Thirst (based on a study of the political ecology of water in a coastal Ecuadorian town)
Into the Seas: Desalination as a Socio-Spatial fix in Spain (about the contested politics of water in Spain)
The Pleasures of Inconherent Hydro-Social Infrastructures (about the water crisis in Sicily)
A discussion seminar where the students present their
work and ideas for projects and/or publications related to Waterscapes and hydro-social issues.


SWYNGEDOUW E (2013) “Into the Sea: Desalination as a Hydro-Social Fix in Spain”, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 103(2), pp. 261-270.
SWYNGEDOUW E (2014) “’Not a Drop of Water .....’: State, Modernity and the Production of Nature in Spain, 1998- 2010”, Environment and History, 20(1), pp. 67-92.
SWYNGEDOUW E (2013) “UN Water Report 2012: Depoliticizing Water”, Development and Change, 44(3), pp. 823-835. SWyNGEDOUW E (2013) “Apocalypse Now! Fear and Doomsday Pleasures”, Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, 24(1), pp. 9-18.
SWYNGEDOUW E (2013) “The Non-Political Politics of Climate Change”, ACME – An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies. 12(1), pp. 1-8.
COOK I AND SWYNGEDOUW E (2012) “Cities, social cohesion and the environment: towards a future research agenda”, Urban Studies 49(9), pp. 1938 – 1958.