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Michael Woods

Michael Woods


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Michael Woods joined Aberystwyth University as a Lecturer in Human Geography in 1996, having completed his first degree of the University of Wales, Lampeter, and his PhD at Bristol University, and was appointed as Professor of Human Geography in 2008. Between 2007 and 2013 he was Director of the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences and served on a number of university committees, including the University Council. In 2014 he was appointed to a two-year post as Professor of Transformative Social Science, responsible for building capacity in social science research across the university.

Mike’s research interests focus on rural geography and political geography and he has led the department’s New Political Geographies Research Group between 2004 and 2008 and since 2013. From 2007 to 2014 he was Co-Director of the Wales Rural Observatory, a joint venture with Cardiff University commissioned by the Welsh Government to undertake research to support the Wales Rural Development Programme. Since 2012 he has been Aberystwyth Co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) and he is also Co-Director of the ESRC WISERD/Civil Society Research Centre established in 2014 and the Aberystwyth representative on the executive of the Public Policy Institute for Wales. His research has been recognized with John Fraser Award for Research Excellence in Rural Geography by the Association of American Geographers in 2010, and he has held Visiting Professor positions at the University of Queensland and the University of Ljubljana.

Mike is a member of the Welsh Government’s Diamond Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance, and was a member of the HEFCW Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee from 2010 to 2013. He is a member of the UK UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme Committee and of the National Training Advisory Group for Community and Town Councils; he represents Wales on the Council of British Geography (COBRIG) and is a former chair of the Political Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG and a former member of the Council of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).

He is Editor of the Journal of Rural Studies and a member of the editorial boards for Dialogues in Human Geography and European Countryside. His publications include textbooks, Rural (Routledge, 2011), Rural Geography (Sage, 2005), An Introduction to Political Geography (1e 2004, 2e 2014, Routledge) and Key Concepts in Rural Geography (Sage, 2015), the monograph Contesting Rurality: Politics in the British Countryside (Ashgate, 2005), and edited books, New Labour’s Countryside: Rural Policy in Britain since 1997( Policy Press, 2008), and Globalization and Europe’s Rural Regions (Ashgate, 2015).


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Michael Woods joined the Climate CoLab communityMar 4, 2015