Making rivers governable: Ecological monitoring, power and scale

Marc Tadaki, Gary Brierley, Ian C. Fuller

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The recently proposed centralisation of freshwater monitoring networks reveals how rivers themselves are being disciplined by the nature of the national monitoring apparatus. Freshwater monitoring is being reimagined and re-practiced through new rationalities relating to international economic branding and particular national methodological capabilities built around reductionist monitoring frameworks. While a reductionist scaling may serve certain important (and powerful) disciplinary and discursive interests, we argue that the biophysical basis for reductionist scaling is flawed and that a national monitoring framework should work to enable place-based understandings of river systems, which might be related to the national scale in more biophysically meaningful, institutionally innovative and democratic ways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-21
Number of pages15
JournalNew Zealand Geographer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Ecological monitoring
  • Freshwater science
  • Physical geography
  • Power/knowledge
  • Scale


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