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Larry Swatuk is Professor and Director of the International Development program at the University of Waterloo. He is also Adjunct Professor of International Development, St. Mary’s University, Halifax; External Research Fellow, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax; and Vice-President of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development. Dr. Swatuk trained in political science and international relations, with a specialization in Third World political economy and foreign policy. In the early 1990s, his research moved toward the political economy of the enviroment and natural resource management with a specific focus on water resources in Southern Africa. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Swatuk was a lecturer at the University of Botswana and Associate Professor of Resource Governance at the Okavango Research Institute (1996-2007); Senior Research Fellow, African Centre for Development and Security Studies (1995-96); and a post-doctoral fellow at the York Centre for International Security Studies (1993-95).


  • Matthew Schnurr and Larry Swatuk, eds. 2012. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Larry A. Swatuk. 2012. Water and security in Africa: State-Centric Narratives, Human Insecurities. in Edited by Matthew Schnurr and Larry Swatuk New York: Palgrave Macmillan pp 72-96.
  • Larry A. Swatuk, M.R. Motsholapheko, D. Mazvimavi. 2011. A Political Ecology of Development in the Boteti River Basin of Botswana – locating a place for sport.. 32:3 pp 453-475 Appeared online 20 May 2011.
  • Larry A. Swatuk. 2010. The State and Water Resources Development Through the Lens of History: A South African Case Study.. 3:3 pp 521-536.
  • Larry A. Swatuk and Lars Wirkus, eds. 2009. Bonn: Nomos Press.
  • Professor and Director, International Development Program
    School of Environment Enterprise and Development
  • University of Waterloo

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Global Political Economy / Waterloo Political Economy Group (WatPEG)
  • Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 1993
  • M.A., University of Windsor, 1986
  • B.A. (Hons.), University of Windsor, 1982

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