Taking pragmatic, positive action to protect our rivers is at the heart of Thames21’s work – and one of the best ways we can make a lasting difference is by improving society’s understanding of our waterways and the problems they face.

We advance research and evidence to meet our goal of ever greater river and community benefit, and we work both nationally and internationally, such as through our association to the IntCatch project, using robot boats to monitor water quality.


To do this, we carry out research both ourselves and in partnership with others, including universities, government departments, local government, community groups, individuals and charity partners.

Citizen scientists are crucial to our data gathering. Trained and supported citizen scientist volunteers enable us to collect far more comprehensive data – for instance through our Thames River Watch programme.

Take a look at our current research projects and feel free to get in touch if you are an academic with a research proposal in this area.

Dr Nathalie Gilbert has carried out research to show water quality enhancements at Firs Farm Wetlands and in the Salmons Brook catchment.