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The Political-Ecology of the Hydro-Social Cycle and the Fantasy of Sustainable Development Author: Manchester Environmental Research Institute Added on Aug 10, 2020 Duration: 0:14:30 This was presented at an event series convened by Manchester Environmental Research Institute to showcase water related research and was part of the ‘Water Research at Manchester - Water and Sustainable Development’ event on the 5th August 2020. In the presentation, we shall argue that the notion of the hydrological cycle should be reformulated as a hydro-social cycle. This permits approaching the water circulation process as the enmeshing of physical and social processes. Such political-ecological perspective, in turn, opens a terrain that considers how social, political, and economic power relations, in intimate conjunction with physical processes, shape the dynamics of the socio-ecological circulation of water, but does so in deeply uneven and unequal manners. The recasting of the circulation of water in these terms raises serious issues and questions with respect to the question of 'sustainable' development. In particular, it asks what kind of sustainabiltiy for whom and where. Erik Swyngedouw is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Manchester. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Roskilde University (Denmark) and the University of Malmö (Sweden). He is elected member of the Academia Europaea.  

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