This research aims to explore the experience of living in anthropocenic landscapes. We want to better understand the varieties of ways in which people are relating to and engaging with industrialised, technologised nature, and the techniques through which knowledge about environmental processes taking place at different scales is brought to bear on people's relationships with one another. How does nature come to matter differently for different people? What are the varieties of ways in which nature is known? Is nature itself becoming a producer of new knowledge? If so, who or what are the spokespersons of this knowing nature?
We will be exploring these questions though an ethnographic study of the Dee Estuary in North West England. Here we find a landscape that is both a site of special scientific interest because of its fertile estuaries and migrating birds, a historical and contemporary borderland between England and Wales, a place of industrial and economic development, and a location that has in recent years become a new site for energy exploration. Here nature meets people through technology and infrastructure. How this happens, and with what effects is what we hope to find out.