Larry Swatuk trained in Political Science at the University of Windsor (B.A.; M.A.) and Dalhousie University (Ph.D). It was during his Ph.D studies that he developed his current research focus on the political ecology of natural resources governance and management, with a particular focus on water in Africa. Dr. Swatuk has spent more than two and a half decades living and working in Africa. Most recently he was Research Professor of Natural Resources Governance at the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre (HOORC), University of Botswana (1996-2007). Prior to this appointment he was a Senior Research Fellow at the African Centre for Development and Strategic Studies (ACDESS) in Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria (1995-96), and a Visiting Research Fellow at Rhodes University, South Africa (1993-95). Over the last three years he has been co-principal investigator (with Lewis Jonker of the University of Western Cape) of a South African Water Research Commission funded project entitled Exploring the Lowest Appropriate Level of Water Governance in South Africa. Among his most recent publications are Larry A. Swatuk and Lars Wirkus, eds, 2009. Transboundary Water Governance in Southern Africa: Examining Underexplored Dimensions (Bonn: Nomos Press); Larry A. Swatuk and Dominic Mazvimavi, Water and Human Security in Africa and a training manual entitled Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Skills for Integrated Water Resources Management  developed for the UNDP-supported organization Cap-Net. Dr. Swatuk is also a Research Fellow of the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University.

English (mother tongue)
French and German (working knowledge)

  • Political Ecology; Natural Resources (Water, Forests, Tourism)

  • Governance and Management

  • Ph.D (Dalhousie University, Canada)