Dr Graham Woodgate

Departmental Tutor

Principal Teaching Fellow - Environmental Sociology of the Americas


Email: g.woodgate@ucl.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 3108 9715

Internal extension: 59715

Location: Office 212, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN


Before entering academia I trained as a forester with the UK Forestry Commission and have maintained a keen interest in trees, forests and forest-dependent people ever since. I gained a PhD in political ecology, from Wye College, undertaking field research among the Mazahua people of Central Mexico and, during the 1990s, coordinated a British Council Higher Education Link Programme between UK universities and Mexican farming systems research institutions. Whilst at Wye and later Imperial College I became involved with postgraduate distance learning programmes in sustainable rural development and continue to work in this area, most recently coordinating the writing of a sustainable forest management module for the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy at SOAS.

I am fascinated by all aspects of nature-society relations, which has led to my involvement in the production of a series of edited volumes in environmental sociology. More recently I have become involved in the emerging field of agroecology, a transdisciplinary intellectual endeavour that is particularly strongly rooted in the Americas and encompasses scientific research, agricultural practice and agrarian social movements. I am a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, which is soon to be renamed Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

I joined the Institute of Latin American Studies as an Associate Fellow in 2002, and then took a part-time post at the Institute for the Study of the Americas in 2004, before moving to UCL in 2012 as a founder member of the Institute of the Americas. In addition to my academic work I undertake environmental consultancies and carry out forest management certification audits against FSC Forest Stewardship Principles and Criteria.

Research Interests

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and research teams wishing to work with me in any of the following or cognate areas:

  • Agroecology and food sovereignty in the Americas
  • Agrarian reforms in Latin America
  • Globalisation and natural resource use and conservation in the Americas (especially forest resources)
  • Climate change vulnerability, mitigation and adaptation in the Americas
  • Ecotourism in the Americas
  • Environmental social movements and direct action environmentalism
  • Political ecologies of the Americas

Web Links

Current teaching

· Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

· Globalisation and Latin American Development

Selected publications

Edited Books
Chapters in Books
  • Redclift, MR and GR Woodgate (2013/forthcoming) ‘The European Contribution to Environmental Sociology’ in Sokratis Koniordos and Alexandros Kyrtsis (eds) The Routledge Handbook of European Sociology (Routledge International Handbooks), Routledge: London.
  • Woodgate, Graham (2010) ‘Introduction and editorial commentaries’ in Michael Redclift and Graham Woodgate The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology 2nd Edition. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, pp.1-8, 11-14, 191-196, 329-333.
  • Woodgate, Graham, Bianca Ambrose-Oji, Ramón Fernandez Durán, Gloria Guzmán and Eduardo Sevilla Guzmán (2005), ‘Alternative Food and Agriculture Networks: An Agroecological Perspective on Responses to Economic Globalisation and the “New” Agrarian Question’ in Redclift and Woodgate (2005) New Developments in Environmental Sociology.  Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, pp.586-612
  • Ambrose-Oji, B, T. Allmark, P. Buckley, B. Clements and G Woodgate (2002) “The Environmental State and the Forest; of Lookouts, Lumberjacks, Leopards, and Losers”. In A.P.J. Mol and F.H. Buttel (eds) (2002), The Environmental State Under Pressure, (Research in Social Problems and Public Policy Volume 10), pp.149-169. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Forero, O. and G.R. Woodgate (2002) “The semantics of "Human Security" in Northwest Amazonia: From indigenous peoples' "Management of the World" to the USA State Security Policy for Latin America” in E. Page and M.R. Redclift (eds) (2002) Human Security and the Environment: International Comparisons pp.351-385. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.
  • Gauthier, R.C.T. and G.R. Woodgate (2001) “Coevolutionary agroecology: a policy-oriented analysis of socioenvironmental dynamics, with special reference to forest margins in North Lampung, Indonesia” in S.R. Gliessman (Ed) Agroecosystem Sustainability: Developing Practical Strategies. CRC Press: Boca Raton, pp. 155-176.
Journal Articles
Other Publications

Extra-Mural activities

Co-Director Sylvan Environmental Enterprises Ltd: http://www.sylvanenvironmental.com

Member of ‘Strategic Monitoring of South American Regional Transformations’ (SMART

Member of International Professoriate, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Programme, Mediterranean Institute of Agronomy, Bari, Italy 

Member of International Professoriate Joint Agroecology Programme, Institute of Sociology and Peasant Studies, University of Cordoba, and International University of Andalucia

Soil Association ‘Woodmark’ Forest Stewardship Council ISO19001 accredited Sustainable Forest Management Lead Auditor


PhD Political Ecology, Wye College University of London, 1992 

BSc (Hons) Wye College, University of London, 1987 

OND Forestry, Cumbria College of Agriculture and Forestry, Newton Rigg, 1984

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