Prof Michael Woods He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wales, Lampeter, and a PhD from Bristol University.

Prof Michael Woods

Personal Chair

Professor of Transformative Social Sciences

Contact Details

Profile

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.

Research

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:

  1. The emergent 'global countryside' and the reconstitution of rural places under globalization
  2. The 'politics of the rural', rural policy and rural social movements
  3. Civil society, community governance and participation
  4. The social and economic restructuring of rural communities and regions
  5. 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

Research Assistants

  • Dr Laura Jones
  • Dr Anthonia Onyeahialam
  • Dr Marc Welsh

Research Groups

Publications

2017

Woods, M. 2017. Rural Cosmopolitanism at the Frontier? Chinese Farmers and Community Relations in Northern Queensland, c 1890-1920. Australian Geographer 10.1080/00049182.2017.1327785

Mayes, R., Richards, C., Woods, M. 2017. (Re)Assembling Neoliberal Logics in the Service of Climate Justice: Fuzziness and Perverse Consequences in the Fossil Fuel Divestment Assemblage. In V. Higgins., W. Larner. (eds) Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects. Springer Nature pp. 131-149. 10.1057/978-1-137-58204-1_7 Cadair

Woods, M. 2017. Globalization and Rural Areas. In D. Richardson., N. Castree., M. Goodchild., A. Kobayashi., W. Liu., D. Marston. (eds) International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Wiley Cadair

2016

Woods, M., Holloway, L., Panelli, R. 2016. Key Concepts in Rural Geography. SAGE Publications Cadair

Woods, M. 2016. International Migration, Agency, and Regional Development in Rural Europe. Documents d'Analisi Geografica 62 (3) pp. 569-593. 10.5565/rev/dag.372 Cadair

Woods, M. 2016. Confronting Globalisation? Rural Protests, Resistance and Social Movements. In M. Shucksmith., D. Brown. (eds) Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies. Routledge International Handbooks Taylor & Francis, Abingdon pp. 626 - 638. Cadair

2015

Woods, M. 2015. Explaining rural protest; A comparative analysis. In G. Voerman., D. Strijker., I. Terluin. (eds) Rural Protest and Populist Political Parties. Wageningen Academic Publishers Cadair

Nadler, R., Burdack, J., Woods, M. 2015. Rural Regions, Globalization and Regional Responses: The Case of Oberlausitz Region. In T. Lang., S. Henn., W. Sgibnev., K. Ehrlich. (eds) Understanding Geographies of Polarization and Peripheralization: Perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond. Springer Nature pp. 322-338. Cadair

Heley, J., Jones, L., Woods, M. 2015. Unravelling the global wool assemblage. XXVI ESRS Congress. Cadair

Woods, M. 2015. Territorialisation and the assemblage of rural place: Examples from Canada and New Zealand. In J. Dessein., E. Battaglini., L. Horlings. (eds) Cultural Sustainability and Regional Development: Theories and practices of territorialisation. Routledge Studies in Culture and Sustainable Development Taylor & Francis pp. 29-42. Cadair

Heley, J., Woods, M., Jones, L., Welsh, M., Onyeahialam, A.I. 2015. Wales’ hidden globaleconomy: uncovering thetransnational networks of smalltown SMEs. WISERD Annual Conference 2015. Cadair

Woods, M., Heley, J., Jones, L. 2015. Everyday Globalization in a Small Rural Town. Colloque international de géographie rurale. Cadair

McDonagh, J., Nienaber, B., Woods, M. 2015. Globalization and Europe's Rural Regions. Perspectives on Rural Policy and Planning Taylor & Francis Cadair

Navarro, F.A., Woods, M., Cejudo, E. 2015. 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. 10.1111/soru.12079 Cadair

Woods, M. 2015 (In press). Creative ruralities. Journal of Arts and Communities Cadair

Woods, M. 2015. Reconfiguring places: Wealth and the transformation of rural areas. In J. Beaverstock., I. Hay. (eds) International Handbook of Wealth and the Super-Rich. Elgar Original Reference Series Edward Elgar Publishing Cadair

2014

Hopma, J., Woods, M. 2014. Political Geographies of ‘Food Security’ and ‘Food Sovereignty’. Geography Compass 8 (11) pp. 773-784. 10.1111/gec3.12163 Cadair

Jones, M., Jones, R., Woods, M., Whitehead, M.J., Dixon, D.P., Hannah, M.G. 2014. An Introduction to Political Geography: Space, Place and Politics. 2ndth edn, Taylor & Francis Cadair

Heley, J., Woods, M. 2014. Wales & Recession: Rural communities. WISERD: Wales & Recession Lecture Series. Other Cadair

Woods, M. 2014. Family Farming in the Global Countryside. Anthropological Notebooks 20 (3) pp. 31-48. Cadair

2013

Woods, M. 2013. Economic entanglements and the reshaping of place in the global countryside. In C. Tamásy., J. R. Diez. (eds) Regional Resilience, Economy and Society: Globalising Rural Places. The Dynamics of Economic Space Taylor & Francis pp. 11-32. Cadair

Wang, C., Woods, M. 2013. The Role of Guanxi in Rural Social Movements: Two Case Studies from Taiwan. Journal of Agrarian Change 13 (2) pp. 197-212. 10.1111/j.1471-0366.2012.00359.x Cadair

Cheshire, L., Meurk, C., Woods, M. 2013. Decoupling farm, farming and place: Recombinant attachments of globally engaged family farmers. Journal of Rural Studies 30 pp. 64-74. 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2012.11.005 Other Cadair

Woods, M. 2013. The elite countryside: Shifting rural geographies of the transnational super-rich. In I. M. Hay. (ed) Geographies of the Super-rich. Edward Elgar Publishing pp. 123-136. Cadair

Cheshire, L., Woods, M.J. 2013. Globally engaged farmers as transnational actors: Navigating the landscape of agri-food globalization. Geoforum 44 pp. 232-242. 10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.09.003 Cadair

Woods, M., Anderson, J., Guilbert, S., Watkin, S.R. 2013. Rhizomic radicalism and arborescent advocacy: A Deleuzo-Guattarian reading of rural protest. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 31 (3) pp. 434-450. 10.1068/d14909 Cadair

Woods, M. 2013. Rich, Rural and Rooted? Neoliberalism, neopaternalism and the transnational rural geographies of the super-rich. In I. Hay. (ed) Geographies of the Super-rich. Edward Elgar Publishing Other Cadair

Jones, M.R., Woods, M.J. 2013. New localities. Regional Studies 47 (1) pp. 29-42. 10.1080/00343404.2012.709612 Cadair

Woods, M. 2013. Rural development, globalization and European regional policy: Perspectives from the DERREG project. Geographia Polonica 86 (2) pp. 99-109. 10.7163/GPol.2013.11 Other Cadair

Woods, M. 2013. Regions engaging globalization: a typology of regional responses in rural Europe. Journal of Rural and Community Development 8 (3) Cadair

2012

McDonagh, J., Nienaber, B., Woods, M. 2012. Globalization and Rural Europe. In J. McDonagh., B. Nienaber., M. Woods. (eds) Globalization and Europe's Rural Regions. Taylor & Francis Cadair

Jones, L., Woods, M., Lampic, B., Mrak, I. 2012. Case Study Contextual Report 7: Pomurska. DERREG Other Cadair

Woods, M. 2012. Rurality. In H. K. Anheier., M. Juergensmeyer. (eds) Encyclopedia of Global Studies. SAGE Publications Cadair

Woods, M., Heley, J., Richards, C., Watkin, S.R. 2012. Rural People and the Land. In I. Convery., G. Corsane., P. Davis. (eds) Making Sense of Place: Multidisciplinary Perspectives . Boydell & Brewer Cadair

Woods, M. 2012. Rural Futures and the Future of Rural Geography. Progress in Human Geography 36 (1) pp. 125-134. 10.1177/0309132510393135 Cadair

Jones, L., Woods, M. 2012. DERREG: Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization. DERREG Other Cadair

Jones, L., Woods, M., Lampic, B. 2012. Case Study Contextual Report 6: Goriska. DERREG Other Other Cadair

Jones, L., Woods, M., Nienaber, B., Frys, W. 2012. Case Study Contextual Report 5: Saarland. DERREG Other Other Cadair

Jones, L., Woods, M., Dominguez, L. 2012. Case Study Contextual Report 10: Comarca de Verin. DERREG Other Cadair

Long, H., Li, Y., Liu, Y., Woods, M., Zou, J. 2012. 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. 10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.04.003 Other Cadair

Woods, M. 2012. New directions in rural studie? Journal of Rural Studies 28 (1) pp. 1-4. 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2011.12.002 Cadair

Woods, M.J., Anderson, J., Guilbert, S., Watkin, S.R. 2012. 'The Country(side) is Angry': emotion and explanation in protest mobilization. Social and Cultural Geography 13 (6) pp. 567-585. 10.1080/14649365.2012.704643 Cadair

Jones, L., Woods, M., Kairyte, E. 2012. Case Study Contextual Report 9: Alytus County. DERREG Other Cadair

Jones, L., Woods, M., Roep, D., Wellbrock, W. 2012. Case Study Contextual Report 3: Westerkwartier. DERREG Other Other Cadair

2011

Long, H., Woods, M. 2011. 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. Cadair

Woods, M. 2011. Regions engaging globalization: a typology of regional responses in rural Europe. Regional Studies Other Cadair

Jones, L., Woods, M., Kriszan, M., Krol, T. 2011. Case Study Contextual Report 4: Direktionsbezirk Dresden. DERREG Other Cadair

Jones, L., Woods, M., Farrell, M., Mahon, M., McDonagh, J. 2011. Case Study Contextual Report 8: West Region of Ireland. DERREG Other Cadair

Woods, M. 2011. Performing Rurality and Practising Rural Geography. Progress in Human Geography 34 pp. 835-846. 10.1177/0309132509357356 Cadair

Woods, M. 2011. Market Towns in Rural Wales: a differentiated geography. In P. Milbourne. (ed) Rural Wales in the Twenty First Century - Society, Economy and Environment. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press Other Cadair

Woods, M. 2011. Poles Apart? Migrant Workers in Rural Wales. In P. Milbourne. (ed) Rural Wales in the Twenty-Frirst Century: Society, Economy and Environment. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press Cadair

Woods, M. 2011. Poles Apart?: Migrant workers and community in Rural Wales. In P. Milbourne. (ed) Rural Wales in the Twenty First Century: Society, Economy and Environment. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press Cadair

Edwards, B., Woods, M.J. 2011. Voluntarism and new forms of governance in rural communities. In C. Milligan., D. Conradson. (eds) Landscapes of Voluntarism: New Spaces of Health, Welfare and Governance. Policy Press, Bristol pp. 53-72. Cadair

Woods, M. 2011. The local politics of the global countryside: boosterism, aspirational ruralism and the contested reconstitution of Queenstown, New Zealand. GeoJournal 76 (4) pp. 365-381. 10.1007/s10708-009-9268-7 Cadair

Woods, M. 2011. 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. 10.1177/2043820611404497 Cadair

Woods, M., Jones, L. 2011. DERREG: Project Periodic Report. Framework Programme 7 Other Cadair

Woods, M., Jones, L., Vaishar, A., Stastna, M., Trnka, P., Mrazkova, H. 2011. Case Study Contextual Report 1: Jihomoravsky kraj. European Commission Other Cadair

Jones, L., Woods, M., Copus, A., Dubois, A., Hedstrom, M. 2011. Case Study Contextual Report 2: Oevre Norrland. European Commission Other Cadair

Woods, M. 2011. Winning and losing: The changing geography of Europe's rural areas. European Urban and Regional Studies 13 (3) pp. 282-283. 10.1177/0969776406065438 Cadair

Woods, M. 2011. Grounding global uncertainties and the relational politics of the rural. 2011 Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington. 2011 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. Other Cadair

Woods, M., Mcdonagh, J. 2011. Rural Europe and the world: Globalization and rural development (Editorial). European Countryside 3 (3) 10.2478/v10091-012-0001-z Other Cadair

Woods, M. 2011. Contemporary Rural Geographies: Land, Property and Resources in Britain: Essays in Honour of Richard Munton. Journal of Rural Studies 27 (1) pp. 105-106. 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2010.10.004 Cadair

Woods, M., Gardner, G. 2011. Applied policy research and critical human geography: Some reflection on swimming in murky waters. Dialogues in Human Geography 1 (2) pp. 198-214. 10.1177/2043820611404488 Cadair

2010

Woods, M. 2010. Policing Rural Protest. In R. I. Mawby., R. Yarwood. (eds) Rural Policing and Policing the Rural : A Constable Countryside? Taylor & Francis pp. 109-121. Cadair

Woods, M. 2010. Rural. Taylor & Francis 10.4324/9780203844304 Cadair

Woods, M. 2010. Reporting an Unsettled Countryside: The news media and rural protests in Britain. Culture Unbound 12 13 pp. 215-239. 10.3384/cu.2000.1525.10213215 Cadair

Woods, M. 2010. Rural Protests in Britain and the Enigmatic Significance of Globalization. In D. Schmied., G. Wilson. (eds) Globalization and Rural Transitions in Germany and the UK. Rural Cuvillier pp. 167-176. Cadair

Woods, M. 2010. Representing Rural America: The Reconstruction of a Political Space. In D. G. Winchell., D. Ramsay., R. Koster., G. M. Robinson. (eds) Geographical Perspectives on Sustainable Rural Change. Rural Development Institute pp. 298-312. Cadair

2009

Woods, M. 2009. Rural geography: blurring boundaries and making connections. Progress in Human Geography 33 (6) pp. 849-858. Cadair

Woods, M. 2009. Political economies of place in the emergent global countryside: Stories from Rural Wales. In G. Halseth., S. Markey., D. Bruce. (eds) The Next Rural Economies: Constructing Rural Place in a Global Economy. CABI Publishing pp. 166-178. Cadair

Woods, M. 2009. Rural Protest. In R. Kitchin., N. Thrift. (eds) International Encylopedia of Human Geography, volume 8. Elsevier pp. 474-479. Cadair

Woods, M. 2009. Rural Geography. In R. Kitchin., N. Thrift. (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier pp. 429-441. 10.1016/B978-008044910-4.00900-7 Cadair

Cheshire, L., Woods, M. 2009. Citizenship and Governmentality, Rural. In R. Kitchin., N. Thrift. (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier Cadair

Woods, M. 2009. DERREG: Literature Review and Conceptual Framework. Other Cadair

Woods, M. 2009. 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. Cadair

Thomas, M., Brake, P., Cann, R., Evans, A.L.W., Hagen, G., Morgan, D.W., Neil, P., Pester, S., Woods, M., Jephcote, M., Taylor, C. 2009. Partnerships in Rural Education: Identification of Research Themes. Wales Journal of Education Welsh Journal of Education 14 (2) pp. 144-149. Cadair

2008

Woods, M. 2008. Social movements and rural politics. Journal of Rural Studies 24 (2) pp. 129-137. 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2007.11.004 Cadair

Watkin, S.R., Woods, M.J. 2008. Central and Eastern European Migrant Workers in Rural Wales. Wales Rural Observatory Other Cadair

Woods, M., Gardner, G. 2008. Policy engagement and critical rural geographies. Cadair Other

Convery, I., Dutson, T., Heley, J., Richards, R.G., Rogers, R., Storey, D., Watkin, S.R., Woods, M. 2008. Rural People and the Land: The Case for Connections. Commission for Rural Communities Cadair

Woods, M.J. 2008. Beyond New Labour's countryside. In M. Woods. (ed) New Labour's Countryside: Rural Policy in Britain since 1997. pp. 257-276. Cadair

Woods, M. 2008. New Labour's Countryside: Rural Policy in Britain since 1997. Policy Press Cadair

Woods, M. 2008. Hunting: New Labour success or New Labour failure? In M. Woods. (ed) New Labour's Countryside: Rural Policy in Britain since 1997. pp. 95-114. Cadair

Woods, M. 2008. New Labour's Countryside. In M. Woods. (ed) New Labour's Countryside: Rural Policy in Britain since 1997. pp. 3-28. Cadair

2007

Woods, M. 2007. Key concepts in urban studies By M Gottdiener and Leslie Budd. Area 39 (2) pp. 247-248. 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2007.762_1.x Cadair

Woods, M. 2007. Redefining the 'rural question': The new 'politics of the rural' and social policy. In G. G. Giarchi. (ed) Challenging Welfare Issues in the Global Countryside: Broadening Perspectives in Social Policy. Wiley pp. 1-17. Cadair

Woods, M. 2007. Engaging the global countryside: globalization, hybridity and the reconstitution of rural place. Progress in Human Geography 31 (4) pp. 485-507. 10.1177/0309132507079503 Cadair

Woods, M. 2007. Small and Market Towns in Rural Wales and their Hinterlands. Wales Rural Observatory Other Cadair

Woods, M. 2007. Attractive ruralities?: Re-thinking European peripheries in the global countryside. In E. Knappe., E. Müller., S. Lentz., U. Wardenga. (eds) Ländliche Gesellschaft europäischer Peripherien: Rural Society of European Peripheries. Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde pp. 23-38. Cadair

2006

Woods, M. 2006. Foreword. In C. Freeman., M. Thompson-Fawcett. (eds) Living Together: Toward Inclusive Communities. Otago University Press pp. 7-12. Cadair

Woods, M. 2006. Redefining the ‘Rural Question’: The New ‘Politics of the Rural’ and Social Policy. Social Policy and Administration 40 (6) pp. 579-595. 10.1111/j.1467-9515.2006.00521.x Cadair

Woods, M.J., Edwards, B., Anderson, J., Gardner, G.S. 2006. Leadership in place: elites, institutions and agency in British rural community governance. In L. Cheshire., V. Higgins., G. Lawrence. (eds) Rural Governance: International Perspectives. Routledge Studies in Human Geography Taylor & Francis, Abingdon pp. 211-226. Cadair

Woods, M. 2006. Rural politics and governance. In J. Midgley. (ed) A New Rural Agenda. Institute for Public Policy Research pp. 140-168. Cadair

Woods, M. 2006. Political articulation: the modalities of new critical politics of rural citizenship. In P. Cloke., T. Marsden., P. H. Mooney. (eds) Handbook of Rural Studies. SAGE Publications pp. 457-471. Cadair

Woods, M.J., Gardner, G.S., Gannon, K. 2006. Research Study of the Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Other Cadair

Walkley, C., Edwards, B., Woods, M., Milbourne, P. 2006. Scoping study on Eastern and Central European migrant workers in rural Wales. Wales Rural Observatory Other Cadair

2005

Desforges, L.C., Jones, R., Woods, M. 2005. New Geographies of Citizenship. Citizenship Studies 9 (5) pp. 439-451. 10.1080/13621020500301213 Other Cadair

Woods, M. 2005. Contesting rurality: politics in the British countryside. Taylor & Francis Cadair Other

2004

Woods, M. 2004. Rural Geography: Processes, Responses and Experiences in Rural Restructuring. SAGE Publications Cadair

Edwards, B., Woods, M.J. 2004. Mobilising the local: Community, participation and governance. In L. Holloway., M. Kneafsey. (eds) Geographies of Rural Cultures and Societies. Illustratedth edn, Taylor & Francis, Aldershot pp. 173-196. Cadair

Jones, M., Jones, R., Woods, M. 2004. An Introduction to Political Geography: Space, Place and Politics. 1stth edn, Taylor & Francis Cadair

2003

Woods, M. 2003. Deconstructing rural protest: the emergence of a new social movement. Journal of Rural Studies 19 (3) pp. 309-325. 10.1016/S0743-0167(03)00008-1 Cadair

Woods, M.J., Edwards, B., Anderson, J., Gardner, G.S., Hughes, R. 2003. Research Study into the Role, Function and Future Potential of Community and Town Councils in Wales. Welsh Government Other Cadair

2001

Goodwin, M.A., Edwards, B., Woods, M., Pemberton, S. 2001. Partnerships, power, and scale in rural governance. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 1 (2) pp. 289-310. 10.1068/c12m Cadair