Vanessa Taylor

Dr Vanessa Taylor BA Hons, MA, PhD

Vanessa Taylor

Dr Vanessa J Taylor
BA Hons, MA, PhD

Lecturer & Research Fellow

Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences

Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities

Dr Vanessa Taylor joined the University of Greenwich in 2009 to research the River Thames (pilot, oral history and ESRC-funded projects). This developed a specialism in London water debates begun in her PhD on 'Brewers, Temperance and the Nineteenth-Century Drinking Fountain Movement' (Birkbeck College, University of London, 2006), and expanded during a post-doctoral role in 'Liquid Politics: The Historic Formation of the Water Consumer' (2005-2007).

She is currently engaged in historical research into energy transitions and everyday life, as part of the team for 'Material Cultures of Energy: Transitions, Disruption, and Everyday Life in the Twentieth Century', led from Birkbeck College.

Lecturer in Environmental History / Research Fellow

Vanessa teaches on the BA History programme. She sits on the committee for the Greenwich Maritime Centre and co-organizes (with George Yerby) the Raphael Samuel History Centre 'History and Environment' public talks at the University of Greenwich.

Current PhD Supervision 

Yifan Liao, 'Green Ship Recycling Law and Policy: A Case Study of China' (co-supervisor)

Alison Fisher, 'The Parish Church, Memorialization and Community, c. 1700 to the Present' (co-supervisor)

Vanessa was the Co-investigator on 'Running the River Thames: London, Stakeholders and the Environmental Governance of the Thames, 1960-2010'. Principal Investigator: Prof. Sarah Palmer, Greenwich Maritime Institute, Univ. of Greenwich. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ES/I031502/1), 2011 – 2013.

She was the Co-applicant on 'Liquid Politics: The Historic Formation of the Water Consumer': ESRC-AHRC Research Project, Cultures of Consumption Research Programme, Birkbeck College. Principal Investigator: Prof. Frank Trentmann (RES-***********), 2005-2007.

Her PhD in History at Birkbeck College, Univ. of London, 'Brewers, Temperance and the Nineteenth-Century Drinking Fountain Movement' was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2001-2004.

Vanessa Taylor is a member of the European Society for Environmental History and the Oral History Society.

She has peer reviewed for the Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health, Society & Natural Resources, The London Journal, Environment and History, Social History of Medicine, Palgrave Macmillan and the European Science Foundation. She is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College (2017-20).

Vanessa researches connections between the environmental, social and political history of modern Britain, with particular interests in water and energy consumption, and environmental governance. Her current research considers the role of energy transitions in changing forms of daily life, as part of the project team for 'Material Cultures of Energy: Transitions, Disruption, and Everyday Life in the Twentieth Century', led by Prof. Frank Trentmann (Birkbeck College).  More information about this project is available at http://www.bbk.ac.uk/mce/ and on Twitter @MatCultEnergy.

Other recent research, 'Running the River Thames: London, Stakeholders and the Environmental Governance of the Thames, 1960-2010', examined the history of conflicts over control of the Thames and other urban rivers.  It demonstrated the complex pre-history of recent debates over stakeholders, environmental governance and the role of quangos.  Forging links between urban and environmental history, it built on her earlier interest in water debates, civil society and citizenship in 'Liquid Politics: The Historic Formation of the Water Consumer.'  More information about the Thames project is available at http://www.gre.ac.uk/riverthamesguide and on Twitter @ThamesGov.

 Research Enterprise/Consultancies

Vanessa was a Historical Expert Witness in Port of London Authority v Tower Bridge Yacht and Boat Company, High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, 2012-13.  She peer reviewed the Environment Agency's Water for People and the Environment: Water Resources Strategy for England and Wales (March 2009).

Funded research projects

Dr Taylor's current research explores the role of energy transitions in changing forms of everyday life as part of the project team for 'Material Cultures of Energy: Transitions, Disruption, and Everyday Life in the Twentieth Century'. This is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council ('Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past' Programme).

Vanessa's research, with Sarah Palmer, on 'Running the River Thames: London, Stakeholders and the Environmental Governance of the Thames, 1960-2010', examined the history of conflicts over control of the Thames. This was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (2011-2013).

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