Erik Swyngedouw is Professor of Geography at Manchester University. His research interests include democracy and political power, environmental politics, and the politics of globalization. Previously, he was professor of geography at Oxford University and held the Vincent Wright Visiting Professorship at Sciences Po, Paris. His books include Social Power and the Urbanization of Water, Liquid Power, Promises of the Political: Insurgent Cities in a Post-Political Environment, The Post-Political and its Discontents (co-edited with Japhy Wilson), and Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene (co-edited with Henrik Ernstson). He holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University.