Contributors

Julie-Anne Boudreau is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at York University. Her research focuses on urban social movements and state restructuring.

Alec Brownlow is Assistant Professor and Acting Director of the Environmental Studies Program, Department of Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University. His research broadly explores issues of and intersections between urban ecology, public space, human-environment, and social theory.

Eliza Darling recently completed a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the City University of New York's Graduate School and University Center. She writes about political ecology, the production of nature, rural gentrification, urban social theory, and children's literature.

Matthew Gandy is Reader in the Department of Geography at University College London. His research interests are primarily concerned with cultural and environmental dimensions of urban landscape.

Stephen Graham is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Durham. His research develops critical and "socio-technical" perspectives to the reconfiguration of cities, technologies, mobility systems and the relations between cities, war and terrorism. He is the co-author of Telecommunications and the City, Splintering Urbanism (both with Simon Marvin), co-editor of Managing Cities, and editor of the Cybercities Reader and Cities, War and Terrorism.

Nik Heynen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research uses critical social theory to consider the production of uneven urban environments, with specific attention toward urban hunger and urban forestry.

Maria Kaika is a Lecturer in Urban Geography, University of Oxford, School of Geography and the Environment, and Fellow of St Edmund Hall. Her research interests lie with modernist urbanism and nature; representations of nature and the city in the modernist movement; governance and environmental policy; the political ecology of water supply in western cities; European water policy. She is author of City of Flows: nature, modernity and the city (Routledge 2005).

Roger Keil is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Department of Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada. His research interests lie with urban ecological politics and the politics in world cities. He is a founding member of the International Network of Urban Research and Action and has been involved in several labor and community groups. He is author of Los Angeles: globalization, urbanization, and social struggles (1998) and Nature and the City: making environmental policy in Toronto and Los Angeles (with G.Desfor 2004).

Alex Loftus is Academic Fellow of Sustainability in the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London. His research looks at the political ecology of water struggles from a historical geographical materialist perspective.

Simon Marvin is Professor and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures, University of Salford. His research explores the changing relations between socio-technical networks and the development of cities and regions.

Will Medd is a Researcher in the Department of Sociology and Centre for Sustainable Water Management, Lancaster University. While currently developing work on sustainable water management, Will has published on complexity science, partnership working, social policy, methodology, and mobilities research.

Stuart Oliver is Senior Lecturer in Geography at St Mary's College, University of Surrey. His main research interests are in the imposition of regulation on rivers and wetlands.

David N.Pellow is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. His research and teaching focus on race and racism, corporate power, and social movements for environmental justice.

Paul Robbins is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Arizona. His work focuses on the relationship between politics, environmental knowledge, and ecological change, including research on forests in India, elk in Montana, and lawn grasses across North America.

Greg Ruiters is a Senior Lecturer in Political and International studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. He did his Ph.D. in Geography at Johns Hopkins University. He has taught and written on water privatization, local government in South Africa, social movements and comparative politics. He is co-editor of "The age of commodity—Water privatization in Southern Africa", Earthscan, London.

Julie Sharp is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography at the Ohio State University. Her research interests include the gendered politics of green consumption and the differences in US and Canadian cultures of science surrounding the Great Lakes.

Laila Smith is the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Contract Management Unit for the City of Johannesburg. She is involved in providing service delivery oversight for Johannesburg Water, a public utility that provides water and sanitation to 3.5 million people. She is also involved in shaping the evolving regulatory frameworks for service delivery for the City of Johannesburg. She has researched the implications of public-private partnerships and their institutional effects in several localities across South Africa over the past five years.

Neil Smith is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His research explores the broad intersection between space, nature, social theory and history.

Erik Swyngedouw is a Professor in the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University and Fellow of St Peter's College. His research interests cover a variety of topics although a central concern of his work is the integration of space and nature into critical social theory. His recent books include Social Power and the Urbanization of Water, flows of power (2004) and Globalising Urbanization (co-edited with F.Moulaert and A.Rodriguez, 2003).

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