Geografisk institutt/NTNU and Bygdeforskning invite for a lecture with Professor Michael Woods. 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 four main areas: (i) The emergent ‘global countryside’ and the reconstitution of rural places under globalization, employing a relational analysis to understand the interplay of local and global actors and processes and human and non-human actants in reproducing and contesting globalization in the rural sphere; (ii) The ‘politics of the rural’, including local rural conflicts, the mobilization of rural social movements, and the contested articulation of the rural through policy discourse; (iii) Community governance, leadership and power relations, in both rural and urban settings, with a particular focus on town, parish and community councils in the UK; (iv) The social and economic restructuring of rural communities and regions, including population dynamics, service provision and economic development issues, with a particular focus on Wales.
Meeting room ‘Tinget’, Bygdeforskning, top floor, Idrettssenteret Dragvoll
Thursday 30th January 2014, 13.15 – 14.45