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World-leading researchers to become honorary doctors at Malmö University


Two pioneering international researchers will receive honorary doctorates at the University’s Conferment and Inauguration Ceremony on October 19.

Professor of sociology Bridget Anderson and professor of geography Erik Swyngedouw are to become honorary doctors at the Faculty of Culture and Society.

Anderson has spearheaded research at the influential Centre for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at Oxford University. She is currently Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship at the University of Bristol.

“Bridget Anderson's work has been an important source of inspiration for many researchers at the Faculty of Culture and Society. Anderson has personally taken an active role in the research conducted here,” said Malmö University researcher Brigitte Suter.

"By awarding Anderson the title of honorary doctor at our faculty, we hope to create opportunities for increased collaboration, thereby also contributing to the development of important areas of research,” said Rebecka Lettevall, Dean at the Faculty of Culture and Society.

Erik Swyngedouw is one of the world’s most cited geographers. He received his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore in 1991, where he was supervised by the world-renowned professor David Harvey. His doctoral dissertation was titled The production of new spaces of production. Swyngedouw went on to teach at Oxford University and is currently Professor of Human Geography at the University of Manchester. He is also a member of the Manchester Urban Institute.

“Swyngedouw has visited Malmö University on several occasions over the past ten years. In 2016, he taught the doctoral course ‘Urban isms’ and this year he will teach the Nordic doctoral course ‘Thinking Spatially’ which is organised in collaboration with other universities," said Professor of Urban Studies Guy Baeten.

"Awarding Swyngedouw an honorary doctorate means linking a world-leading scholar to our research environments in urban studies, policy studies and environmental studies. This aids us in achieving our ambitious and strategic research goals," added Lettevall.

Text: Charlotte Orban

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