This is a video from our RGS-supported IceCap to Ocean project in Iceland. I thought I’d post it following a number of discussions regarding my current research and particularly relating to the ‘abstract’ concept of water ‘shortage’ to most people in the UK. In Iceland – where rural communities are very much ‘grounded’ and ‘connected’ to their environment – social, cultural and economic lives are very much ‘bound up’ with the water that flows, transports, supports, freezes and melts through their landscape. The perceptions of the Icelandic people, and the ways in which they engage with the governance of natural resources, in the context of a marginal environment and distinct rural/urban representative divisions, made for a fascinating case study and explain why I am so interested in the ‘hydro-social’.

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