Larry Swatuk

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Dr. Swatuk was initially trained in political science and international relations. In the early 1990s, his research shifted focus toward environmental and natural resource governance and management with a specific focus on water resources. While his particular geographic expertise is sub-Saharan Africa, he has worked in many parts of the world including Europe, Latin America and Central Asia. Prof. Swatuk lived for 14 years in Africa, primarily in Botswana, where he was a lecturer at the University of Botswana and Associate Professor of Resource Governance at the Okavango Research Institute (see His current research interests focus on the unintended negative consequences of climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions, a concept he labels ‘the boomerang effect’. He is author of A Glass Half-Full: Water in Southern Africa, forthcoming from UKZN Press. Dr. Swatuk is also Adjunct Professor of International Development, St. Mary's University, Halifax; External Research Fellow, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax; Senior Research Fellow, Bonn International Centre for Conversion, Bonn, Germany; Visiting Professor, Institute for Water Studies, University of the Western Cape; and a Research Fellow of both the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Water Institute here in Waterloo, Ontario.

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Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

M.A University of Windsor
B.A. University of Windsor

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