Miss Fiona Nash

Supervised by

Personal profile

My doctoral research focuses on the UK government’s consideration of near universal metering. I am interested in the rationales for water metering and whether increased metering, as well as the closely aligned changes to pricing strategies, may or may not have the potential for undermining existing inequality in water service delivery.  In other words, I use water metering technologies as a lens to assess the extent to which a rethink in metering policy opens up avenues for reimaging alternative, and potentially more democratic socio-natures. In particular, I am interested in provisions for “vulnerable” citizens as well as how citizens’ understandings and experiences of water meters informs water governance policy and how citizens’ situated knowledge is expressed through specific organisations and mechanisms.

Throughout my work I engage with historical materialist approaches to the production of nature, Foucauldian understandings of governmentality & knowledge production and Science and Technology Studies (STS) approaches. I am interested in the extent to which tensions between these three schools of thought can be considered productive and prove useful to better understanding changes to water metering policy in England.

Previous research and experience

For completion of my masters qualification I explored the driving forces and outcomes of Durban’s Free Basic Water extension from 6 to 9kl.  I presented the main findings of this at the American Association of Geographers conference (2011) under the title Participation & Passive Revolution: Durban’s Free Basic Water Extension.

Prior to commencing my studies at Royal Holloway I worked for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) based in Accra, Ghana.

ID: 14724