Dr Alex Loftus joined King’s in 2012 after spending 7 years at Royal Holloway as an RCUK Academic Fellow and then Lecturer in Geography. Prior to that, he studied at the University of Edinburgh, Queen’s University (Ontario) and the University of Oxford.
Alex completed his DPhil at the latter, focusing on the political ecology of water in South Africa, while also teaching as a College Lecturer at St Peter’s College from 2004-2005. Having spent most of his life in a range of different Geography departments, he's grown to love the openness of the discipline.
Alex is currently part of the editorial collective for the journal Antipode and sits on the editorial boards of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Antipode, Environmental Values, Geoforum, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) and, the Journal of Political Ecology.
He is the Treasurer of the IJURR Foundation and has served as an external examiner for Masters programmes at University College London and the University of Manchester. At King’s, he chairs the Contested Development research domain.
- Political ecology
- Urban political ecology
- The right to water
- Marxism as a philosophy of praxis
Alex's research addresses questions in political ecology, ranging from debates over water privatisation (his MA research at Queen’s), to struggles over water in post-apartheid South Africa (his doctoral research), around the right to water (a co-edited book with Farhana Sultana) and more recently debates over the financialisation of water infrastructure (with Hug March and Tom Purcell).
More broadly, Alex has sought to reframe political ecological questions through a philosophy of praxis as articulated through the work of Antonio Gramsci (with Mike Ekers, Gillian Hart and Stefan Kipfer).
Over the last 14 years, Alex has supervised 12 students to successful completion and is currently supervising a further 8 students. Details of the students he's currently working with can be found on his PURE profile.
See Alex's research profile
Sultana, F. & Loftus, A., 1 Jan 2019, Taylor and Francis Ltd. 210 p. Research output: Book/Report - Book. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429453571
Sultana, F. & Loftus, A., 1 Jan 2019, Water Politics: Governance, Justice and the Right to Water. Taylor and Francis Ltd., p. 1-14 14 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429453571-1
Ekers, M., Kipfer, S. & Loftus, A., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Annals of the American Association of Geographers. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2020.1715198
The Antipode Editorial Collective, 1 Jan 2020, In : Antipode. 52, 1, p. 3-11 9 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Editorial. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12599
Loftus, A. & March, H., 30 Nov 2018, Tapping the Oceans: Seawater Desalination and the Political Ecology of Water. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, p. 149-165 17 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Ekers, M. & Loftus, A., 1 Jan 2020, In : Antipode. 52, 1, p. 78-100 23 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12586
Loftus, A., 1 Jan 2019, In : Progress in human geography. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132519884632
Purcell, T. F., Loftus, A. & March, H., 27 Mar 2019, In : Progress in human geography. p. 1-20 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132519838064
Loftus, A., 30 Sep 2018, In : Progress in Human Geography. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Loftus, A., March, H. & Purcell, T., Jan 2019, In : WIREs Water. WIRES Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1326