UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Director's Seminar: Transformative Agroecology: beyond sustainable intensification

17 January 2019, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm


We are joined by Dr Graham Woodgate, Principal Teaching Fellow Environmental Sociology of the Americas, UCL Institute of the Americas, for a Director's Seminar.

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Annelise Andersen


Archaeology G6 LT
31-34 Gordon Square
Gordon Square

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The speaker

Graham is fascinated by all aspects of nature-society relations, which has led to his involvement in the production of a series of edited volumes in environmental sociology. He is also 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. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Before entering academia Graham trained as a forester with the UK Forestry Commission and has maintained a keen a interest in trees, forests and forest-dependent people ever since. He 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 Graham became involved with postgraduate distance learning programmes in sustainable rural development and continues 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. Graham joined the Institute of Latin American Studies as an Associate Fellow in 2002, and then took a part-time post at the Institute in 2004, before moving to UCL in 2012 as a founder member of the Institute of the Americas. In addition to his academic work Graham undertakes environmental consultancies and until 2017 carried out forest management certification audits against FSC Principles and Criteria of Forest Stewardship.