British Rivers: Flow, Ownership, and ‘Modern’ Water

2 February 2015, 13:30 - 15:30

Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Dr Marianna Dudley (Bristol)



This paper explores the emergence of conflict between recreational users of British rivers in the twentieth century, and subsequent campaigns for universal public rights of navigation on inland waterways. Citizen-led organizing has, it argues, re-conceptualized river spaces in ways that reflect a modern engagement with, and understanding of, water through recreation. The paper draws on notions of legal geographies, ‘modern’ waters, and hydrocommons to suggest that recreational use - and conflict - is challenging how we use, govern, and conceptualize river water.


Open to all. No registration required

Part of the Civic Matter: Infrastructure as Politic, Research Group seminar series