Professor Rachel Woodward
Professor of Human Geography

Roles and Responsibilities

Research Director, School of Geography Politics and Sociology

Qualifications

BA (Hons) in Geography with Archaeology, University of Exeter

PhD in Geography, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London

Previous Positions

Senior Lecturer, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University 2004-05
Lecturer, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University, 2001-2004
Research Fellow, Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University, 1996-2000
Research Associate, Dept of Geography, Newcastle University, 1994-1995
Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Public Order, Leicester University, 1992-1993
Research Assistant, Dept of Geography, Saint David's University College, University of Wales Lampter, 1990-1992

Memberships

Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society

Development Studies Association

Research Interests

Military geographies, including military land use, military landscapes and post-military landscapes, military environmentalism, militarism and space/place, base conversion issues.


Gender and identity, including military identities and gender and the armed forces.


Military representation in photography and print media, and contemporary military memoirs.

Reserve armed forces, and University Service Units


Current Work

Militarism and popular culture.

Representations of the military. 

The University Armed Service Units.

Caring for post-military landscapes. 

Postgraduate Supervision

I am keen to offer PhD supervision in the following research areas: gender and identities in the military; military geographies; military landscapes; the politics of military land use and environmentalism; spatialities of military activities; visual and textual representations of armed forces.

Currently supervising:
Ann Murphy (School of Geography, Politics and Sociology): Military landscapes: space, place and identity issues for spouses of British Army personnel. (from October 2007)

Daniel Bos (as second supervisor, with Alison Williams at Newcastle and Marcus Power at Durham): The popular geopolitics of military video games.  (from October 2011)

Completed PhDs:

Dr Matthew Rech (School of Geography, Politics & Sociology): A critical geopolitics of RAF recruitment (completed 2012). 

Victoria Bell (School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development):
Perceptions of Hadrian's Wall; a study of visitor photography (completed 2008).

Ruth Williams (School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development): Identities and change in the Scottish fishing industry (completed 2008)

Ruth McAreavey: Communities First: rural development and participation (completed 2005)

Maureen Stephenson: ICTs and older people in rural areas (submitted 2005)

Jane Midgley: Household incomes and economies in rural Northumberland (completed 2003)

David Wood: Menwith Hill and geographies of surveillance (completed 2002)

Funding

AHRC  Caring for post-military futures: alternative development futures for former military sites in the UK.  (2013)

Development Studies Association  The Military as New Development Actors.  With Uma Kothari (PI, Manchester), Matt Baillie Smith (Northumbria), Nina Laurie (Newcastle).  See: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/military-research/themes/development.html 

ESRC The value of the university armed service units.  With Dr Alison Williams (PI) and Dr Neil Jenkings (2013-15).  See: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/military-research/themes/university-armed-service-units.html

ESRC The social production of the contemporary British military memoir. Project with Dr Neil Jenkings (2009-2011).  See: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/military-research/themes/memoirs.html 

ESRC Negotiating identity and representation in the mediated Armed Forces. With Dr Trish Winter (University of Sunderland) and Dr Neil Jenkings (Newcastle University).  See: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/military-research/themes/soldiers-itentities-representation.html

ESRC (2001) Gendered bodies, personnel policies and the culture of the British Army. With Dr Trish Winter, University of Sunderland. 

Nuffield Foundation (1998) Rural development and military base conversion.

Projects

Undergraduate Teaching

GEO3063 Militarism: space and society (module leader)
GEO2132 Landscapes and Heritage of North East England (field course, module leader)