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Dr Alex Loftus

Dr Alex Loftus

Dr Alex LoftusSenior Lecturer

Email: alex.loftus@kcl.ac.uk   
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7159  

Department of Geography 
King's College London 
K7.36 King's Building 
Strand Campus 
London   
WC2R 2LS  

Research Interests

  • urban political ecology
  • water politics
  • Marxist thought
  • radical geography

Biography

My undergraduate degree came from the University of Edinburgh (1998) and my Master’s from Queen’s University in Canada (2001). Whilst at Queen’s I carried out fieldwork in Buenos Aires reinforcing a conviction that the Washington Consensus is a deeply perilous venture and confirming the ways in which critical academic work could contribute to understandings of the possibility for alternative futures. My doctoral research at the University of Oxford looked at the politics of water provision in Durban, South Africa and continued to build on such convictions in what is, perhaps, an even more contradictory city. After finishing the DPhil (2005) I was awarded an RCUK academic fellowship at Royal Holloway, University of London, becoming a lecturer there in 2010, the moving to King’s in 2012.

I am most interested in the conditions of possibility for radical change. The horror that I – and perhaps most people - feel at the social and environmental topsy-turviness of the world is tempered by a sense of the myriad possibilities for making the world differently. I have an inkling that building on such possibilities will rely on a dialectical pedagogy, involving an ongoing dialogue between teaching and learning about the world.

 

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