Dr Vanessa Taylor is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Environmental History in the Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences at the University of Greenwich. She is currently working on the spatial and transition themes within the MCE project, with a focus on Britain. Between 2011 and 2013 she worked on an ESRC-funded research project, ‘Running the River Thames: London, Stakeholders and the Environmental Governance of the River Thames, 1960–2010’. Previously, Vanessa was a Research Fellow in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London, where she worked with Frank Trentmann on the project ‘Liquid Politics: The Historic Formation of the Water Consumer’ (2005–07), within the ESRC-AHRC Cultures of Consumption research programme. Publications include: Taylor, et al (2009), ‘Drought is Normal: The Socio-Technical Evolution of Drought and Water Demand in the UK, 1893-2006’, Historical Geography, 35(3), 568-91; Taylor and Trentmann (2011), ‘Liquid Politics: Water and the Politics of Everyday Life in the Modern City’, Past and Present, 211(1), 199-241.