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Title: Measuring fairness? : the political ecology of compulsory water metering in South East England
Author: Nash, Fiona Jane
ISNI:       0000 0004 5367 9352
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2014
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Taking inspiration from Foucauldian work on governmentality and historical materialist approaches, this thesis examines the political ecology of compulsory water metering in the South East of England. Here, three main contributions are offered. First, a genealogy of water metering (1840 to 2009) is developed in order to demonstrate the multiple ways that the meter has been used to help negotiate different understandings of the waterscape. Secondly, contemporary compulsory metering programmes are positioned as a socio-technical fix where water companies have attempted to, at least partially, resolve a tension between water stress and household water demand and, at the same time, secure the continuation of the broadly neoliberal waterscape. Finally, the thesis examines the unanticipated outcomes of compulsory metering; it focuses on how affordability has been reframed as an important and immediate governance problem that requires private water companies to take on new roles, sometimes reluctantly, as water welfare providers.
Supervisor: Loftus, Alexander John ; Cleaver, Frances Dalton Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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