Prof Michael Woods He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wales, Lampeter, and a PhD from Bristol University.
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.
Michael Woods's research interests address the broad fields of rural geography and sociology, political geography, economic geography and social geography, with a particular focus on the politics and dynamics of rural change. His current and recent research falls primarily into five main areas:
- The emergent 'global countryside' and the reconstitution of rural places under globalization
- The 'politics of the rural', rural policy and rural social movements
- Civil society, community governance and participation
- The social and economic restructuring of rural communities and regions
- Creative ruralities and art-science collaborations
Current Research Projects
- 'The Global Countryside: Rural Change and Development in Globalization (GLOBAL-RURAL)', European Research Council Advanced Grant, 2014-19 (PI, with Jesse Heley). Blog and website
- 'Redefining Local Civil Society in an Age of Global Interconnectivity', 2016-18 (PI, with Jon Anderson), part of the ESRC WISERD/Civil Society Research Centre. Website
- 'Engaging Art-Science Collaborations', AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, 2013-2017 (PI, with Deborah Dixon and Harriet Hawkins).
Selected Previous Research Projects
- 'Wales Rural Observatory', Welsh Government, 2003-2014
- 'Developing Europe's Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization (DERREG)', EU Framework Programme 7, 2009-11 (Co-ordinator).
- 'Globally Engaged? Responses to Neoliberal Globalization among Family Farmers in Australia', Australian Research Council, 2009-11 (Co-I).
- 'Grassroots Rural Protest and Political Activity in Britain', ESRC, 2006-08 (PI).
- 'Research Study of the Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme', Defra, 2006 (PI)
Current PhD Students
- Dan Beech
- Rhian Field
- Justa Hopma
- Marton Lendvay
- Oliver Morris
- Emily Strub
- Greg Thomas
- Dr Laura Jones
- Dr Anthonia Onyeahialam
- Dr Marc Welsh
(Re)Assembling Neoliberal Logics in the Service of Climate Justice: Fuzziness and Perverse Consequences in the Fossil Fuel Divestment Assemblage. In (eds) Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects. Springer Nature pp. 131-149. Cadair2017.
Globalization and Rural Areas. In (eds) International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Wiley Cadair2017.
Key Concepts in Rural Geography. SAGE Publications Cadair2016.
International Migration, Agency, and Regional Development in Rural Europe. Documents d'Analisi Geografica 62 (3) pp. 569-593. Cadair2016.
Confronting Globalisation? Rural Protests, Resistance and Social Movements. In (eds) Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies. Routledge International Handbooks Taylor & Francis, Abingdon pp. 626 - 638. Cadair2016.
Explaining rural protest; A comparative analysis. In (eds) Rural Protest and Populist Political Parties. Wageningen Academic Publishers Cadair2015.
Rural Regions, Globalization and Regional Responses: The Case of Oberlausitz Region. In (eds) Understanding Geographies of Polarization and Peripheralization: Perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond. Springer Nature pp. 322-338. Cadair2015.
Unravelling the global wool assemblage. XXVI ESRS Congress. Cadair2015.
Territorialisation and the assemblage of rural place: Examples from Canada and New Zealand. In (eds) Cultural Sustainability and Regional Development: Theories and practices of territorialisation. Routledge Studies in Culture and Sustainable Development Taylor & Francis pp. 29-42. Cadair2015.
Wales’ hidden globaleconomy: uncovering thetransnational networks of smalltown SMEs. WISERD Annual Conference 2015. Cadair2015.
Everyday Globalization in a Small Rural Town. Colloque international de géographie rurale. Cadair2015.
Globalization and Europe's Rural Regions. Perspectives on Rural Policy and Planning Taylor & Francis Cadair2015.
The LEADER Initiative has been a Victim of Its Own Success. The Decline of the Bottom-Up Approach in Rural Development Programmes. The Cases of Wales and Andalusia. Sociologia Ruralis 56 (2) pp. 270-288. Cadair2015.
Creative ruralities. Journal of Arts and Communities Cadair2015 (In press).
Reconfiguring places: Wealth and the transformation of rural areas. In (eds) International Handbook of Wealth and the Super-Rich. Elgar Original Reference Series Edward Elgar Publishing Cadair2015.
Political Geographies of ‘Food Security’ and ‘Food Sovereignty’. Geography Compass 8 (11) pp. 773-784. Cadair2014.
An Introduction to Political Geography: Space, Place and Politics. 2ndth edn, Taylor & Francis Cadair2014.
Wales & Recession: Rural communities. WISERD: Wales & Recession Lecture Series. Cadair2014.
Family Farming in the Global Countryside. Anthropological Notebooks 20 (3) pp. 31-48. Cadair2014.
The Role of Guanxi in Rural Social Movements: Two Case Studies from Taiwan. Journal of Agrarian Change 13 (2) pp. 197-212. Cadair2013.
Decoupling farm, farming and place: Recombinant attachments of globally engaged family farmers. Journal of Rural Studies 30 pp. 64-74. Cadair2013.
The elite countryside: Shifting rural geographies of the transnational super-rich. In (ed) Geographies of the Super-rich. Edward Elgar Publishing pp. 123-136. Cadair2013.
Globally engaged farmers as transnational actors: Navigating the landscape of agri-food globalization. Geoforum 44 pp. 232-242. Cadair2013.
Rhizomic radicalism and arborescent advocacy: A Deleuzo-Guattarian reading of rural protest. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 31 (3) pp. 434-450. Cadair2013.
Rich, Rural and Rooted? Neoliberalism, neopaternalism and the transnational rural geographies of the super-rich. In (ed) Geographies of the Super-rich. Edward Elgar Publishing Cadair2013.
New localities. Regional Studies 47 (1) pp. 29-42. Cadair2013.
Rural development, globalization and European regional policy: Perspectives from the DERREG project. Geographia Polonica 86 (2) pp. 99-109. Cadair2013.
Regions engaging globalization: a typology of regional responses in rural Europe. Journal of Rural and Community Development 8 (3) Cadair2013.
Economic entanglements and the reshaping of place in the global countryside. In (eds) Regional Resilience, Economy and Society: Globalising Rural Places. The Dynamics of Economic Space Taylor & Francis pp. 11-32. Cadair2013.
Globalization and Rural Europe. In (eds) Globalization and Europe's Rural Regions. Taylor & Francis Cadair2012.
Case Study Contextual Report 7: Pomurska. DERREG Cadair2012.
Rurality. In (eds) Encyclopedia of Global Studies. SAGE Publications Cadair2012.
Rural People and the Land. In (eds) Making Sense of Place: Multidisciplinary Perspectives . Boydell & Brewer Cadair2012.
Rural Futures and the Future of Rural Geography. Progress in Human Geography 36 (1) pp. 125-134. Cadair2012.
DERREG: Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization. DERREG Cadair2012.
Case Study Contextual Report 6: Goriska. DERREG Cadair2012.
Case Study Contextual Report 5: Saarland. DERREG Cadair2012.
Case Study Contextual Report 10: Comarca de Verin. DERREG Cadair2012.
Accelerated restructuring in rural China fueled by ‘increasing vs. decreasing balance’ land-use policy for dealing with hollowed villages. Land Use Policy 29 (1) pp. 11-22. Cadair2012.
New directions in rural studie? Journal of Rural Studies 28 (1) pp. 1-4. Cadair2012.
'The Country(side) is Angry': emotion and explanation in protest mobilization. Social and Cultural Geography 13 (6) pp. 567-585. Cadair2012.
Case Study Contextual Report 9: Alytus County. DERREG Cadair2012.
Case Study Contextual Report 3: Westerkwartier. DERREG Cadair2012.
Regions engaging globalization: a typology of regional responses in rural Europe. Regional Studies Cadair2011.
Case Study Contextual Report 4: Direktionsbezirk Dresden. DERREG Cadair2011.
Case Study Contextual Report 8: West Region of Ireland. DERREG Cadair2011.
Performing Rurality and Practising Rural Geography. Progress in Human Geography 34 pp. 835-846.2011.
Market Towns in Rural Wales: a differentiated geography. In (ed) Rural Wales in the Twenty First Century - Society, Economy and Environment. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press Cadair2011.
Poles Apart? Migrant Workers in Rural Wales. In (ed) Rural Wales in the Twenty-Frirst Century: Society, Economy and Environment. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press Cadair2011.
Poles Apart?: Migrant workers and community in Rural Wales. In (ed) Rural Wales in the Twenty First Century: Society, Economy and Environment. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press Cadair2011.
Voluntarism and new forms of governance in rural communities. In (eds) Landscapes of Voluntarism: New Spaces of Health, Welfare and Governance. Policy Press, Bristol pp. 53-72. Cadair2011.
The local politics of the global countryside: boosterism, aspirational ruralism and the contested reconstitution of Queenstown, New Zealand. GeoJournal 76 (4) pp. 365-381. Cadair2011.
Diving in again - a response to commentaries on 'Applied policy research and critical human geography: Some reflections on swimming in murky waters'. Dialogues in Human Geography 1 (2) pp. 242-244. Cadair2011.
DERREG: Project Periodic Report. Framework Programme 7 Cadair2011.
Case Study Contextual Report 1: Jihomoravsky kraj. European Commission Cadair2011.
Case Study Contextual Report 2: Oevre Norrland. European Commission Cadair2011.
Winning and losing: The changing geography of Europe's rural areas. European Urban and Regional Studies 13 (3) pp. 282-283.2011.
Grounding global uncertainties and the relational politics of the rural. 2011 Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington. 2011 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. Cadair2011.
Rural Europe and the world: Globalization and rural development (Editorial). European Countryside 3 (3) Cadair2011.
Contemporary Rural Geographies: Land, Property and Resources in Britain: Essays in Honour of Richard Munton. Journal of Rural Studies 27 (1) pp. 105-106.2011.
Applied policy research and critical human geography: Some reflection on swimming in murky waters. Dialogues in Human Geography 1 (2) pp. 198-214. Cadair2011.
Rural Restructuring under Globalization in Eastern Coastal China: What can we learn from Wales? Journal of Rural and Community Development 6 (1) pp. 70-94. Cadair2011.
Policing Rural Protest. In (eds) Rural Policing and Policing the Rural : A Constable Countryside? Taylor & Francis pp. 109-121. Cadair2010.
Rural. Taylor & Francis Cadair2010.
Reporting an Unsettled Countryside: The news media and rural protests in Britain. Culture Unbound 12 13 pp. 215-239. Cadair2010.
Rural Protests in Britain and the Enigmatic Significance of Globalization. In (eds) Globalization and Rural Transitions in Germany and the UK. Rural Cuvillier pp. 167-176. Cadair2010.
Representing Rural America: The Reconstruction of a Political Space. In (eds) Geographical Perspectives on Sustainable Rural Change. Rural Development Institute pp. 298-312. Cadair2010.
Rural geography: blurring boundaries and making connections. Progress in Human Geography 33 (6) pp. 849-858. Cadair2009.
Political economies of place in the emergent global countryside: Stories from Rural Wales. In (eds) The Next Rural Economies: Constructing Rural Place in a Global Economy. CABI Publishing pp. 166-178. Cadair2009.
Rural Protest. In (eds) International Encylopedia of Human Geography, volume 8. Elsevier pp. 474-479. Cadair2009.
Rural Geography. In (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier pp. 429-441. Cadair2009.
Citizenship and Governmentality, Rural. In (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier Cadair2009.
Exploring the uneven geographies of 'Rural Geography': Commentary on M. Kurtz and V. Craig, 'Constructing Rural Geographies in Practice'. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 8 (2) pp. 394-413. Cadair2009.
Partnerships in Rural Education: Identification of Research Themes. Wales Journal of Education Welsh Journal of Education 14 (2) pp. 144-149. Cadair2009.
Beyond New Labour's countryside. In (ed) New Labour's Countryside: Rural Policy in Britain since 1997. pp. 257-276. Cadair2008.
New Labour's Countryside: Rural Policy in Britain since 1997. Policy Press Cadair2008.
Hunting: New Labour success or New Labour failure? In (ed) New Labour's Countryside: Rural Policy in Britain since 1997. pp. 95-114. Cadair2008.
New Labour's Countryside. In (ed) New Labour's Countryside: Rural Policy in Britain since 1997. pp. 3-28. Cadair2008.
Social movements and rural politics. Journal of Rural Studies 24 (2) pp. 129-137.2008.
Central and Eastern European Migrant Workers in Rural Wales. Wales Rural Observatory Cadair2008.
Policy engagement and critical rural geographies.2008.
Rural People and the Land: The Case for Connections. Commission for Rural Communities Cadair2008.
Key concepts in urban studies By M Gottdiener and Leslie Budd. Area 39 (2) pp. 247-248. Cadair2007.
Redefining the 'rural question': The new 'politics of the rural' and social policy. In (ed) Challenging Welfare Issues in the Global Countryside: Broadening Perspectives in Social Policy. Wiley pp. 1-17. Cadair2007.
Engaging the global countryside: globalization, hybridity and the reconstitution of rural place. Progress in Human Geography 31 (4) pp. 485-507.2007.
Small and Market Towns in Rural Wales and their Hinterlands. Wales Rural Observatory Cadair2007.
Attractive ruralities?: Re-thinking European peripheries in the global countryside. In (eds) Ländliche Gesellschaft europäischer Peripherien: Rural Society of European Peripheries. Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde pp. 23-38. Cadair2007.
Foreword. In (eds) Living Together: Toward Inclusive Communities. Otago University Press pp. 7-12. Cadair2006.
Redefining the ‘Rural Question’: The New ‘Politics of the Rural’ and Social Policy. Social Policy and Administration 40 (6) pp. 579-595. Cadair2006.
Leadership in place: elites, institutions and agency in British rural community governance. In (eds) Rural Governance: International Perspectives. Routledge Studies in Human Geography Taylor & Francis, Abingdon pp. 211-226. Cadair2006.
Rural politics and governance. In (ed) A New Rural Agenda. Institute for Public Policy Research pp. 140-168. Cadair2006.
Political articulation: the modalities of new critical politics of rural citizenship. In (eds) Handbook of Rural Studies. SAGE Publications pp. 457-471. Cadair2006.
Research Study of the Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Cadair2006.
Scoping study on Eastern and Central European migrant workers in rural Wales. Wales Rural Observatory Cadair2006.
New Geographies of Citizenship. Citizenship Studies 9 (5) pp. 439-451. Cadair2005.
Contesting rurality: politics in the British countryside. Taylor & Francis2005.
Rural Geography: Processes, Responses and Experiences in Rural Restructuring. SAGE Publications Cadair2004.
Mobilising the local: Community, participation and governance. In (eds) Geographies of Rural Cultures and Societies. Illustratedth edn, Taylor & Francis, Aldershot pp. 173-196. Cadair2004.
An Introduction to Political Geography: Space, Place and Politics. 1stth edn, Taylor & Francis Cadair2004.
Deconstructing rural protest: the emergence of a new social movement. Journal of Rural Studies 19 (3) pp. 309-325.2003.
Research Study into the Role, Function and Future Potential of Community and Town Councils in Wales. Welsh Government Cadair2003.
Partnerships, power, and scale in rural governance. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 1 (2) pp. 289-310.2001.