Professor Geoff Wilson
Profiles

Professor Geoff Wilson

Professor of Human Geography

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science & Environment)

Role

1. Leader of 'Environment, Society and Governance' research group

2. Chairperson for Graduate Affairs, School of Geography

Qualifications

1987 MA Geography (main subject), Anthropology, Archaeology (first class with distinction), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany

MA dissertation: "The nature and causes of native forest destruction in New Zealand" (original in German)

1991 PhD Geography, Department of Geography, University of Otago, New Zealand

PhD dissertation: "A study of native forest clearance on farms in the Catlins District, New Zealand"

(Grants: 1988: University of Otago Postgraduate Award; 1989-1991: New Zealand University Grants

Committee Doctoral Scholarship; 1991-1992: University of Otago Bridging Grant)

University career

1992-2000 Lecturer in Geography, Department of Geography, King’s College London, UK

2001-2003 Senior Lecturer in Geography, Department of Geography, King’s College London, UK


2004-
Professor in Human Geography, School of Geography, University of Plymouth, UK

Professional membership

1989- Member of Australian Forest History Society

1992- Member of Friends of the Earth

1992- IBG member

1992- Member of the IBG Rural Geography Study Group

1992-1999 Member of the IBG Environmental Research Group

1995- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

1996-1999 Committee member of the IBG Environmental Research Group

1997- Member of the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism (UK/Europe)

1998- Member of the IBG Planning and Environment Research Group

1998- Member of the Rural Economy & Society Study Group (UK)

2000- Honorary member of the Deutscher Hochschulverband (German Academic Society)

Roles on external bodies

1. Journal editor/editorial boards
2008- Section Editor of on-line journal 'Geography Compass: Environment and Society'
2012- Editorial board 'Journal of Rural Studies'

2. Refereeing for international research foundations

2001-2003: Referee for research proposals under the Swiss National Science Foundation research programme ‘Landscapes and habitats of the Alps’

2005-2008: Referee for the ESRC/NERC 'Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU)' research programme

Since 1997: Regular referee for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK

3. External assessor for Chair appointments; member of promotion panels; University representative on research panels

2004: University of Exeter (UK) (Chair appointment)

2005: University of Plymouth staff promotions panel

2005-2009: University of Plymouth representative on the 'Sustainability Panel' for the RDA-funded 'Great Western Postgraduate Initiative (GWR)'

2007: External assessor for 'Habilitation', University of Kiel (Germany)

2007: University of Kiel (Germany) (Chair appointment)

2009: External assessor for the review of the Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth

2010: Expert reviewer for projects funded by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries

4. PhD examinations (internal and external)

1. 1997: (internal examiner): University College London (UK): Catarina Cardoso (from Brazil)
2. 1999 (internal): Imperial College London (UK): Meri Juntti (Finland)
3. 2001 (internal): Royal Holloway University London (UK): Diana Latsanovsky (Latvia)
4. 2001 (internal): Imperial College London (UK): Peter Nowicki (The Netherlands)
5. 2003 (external): University of Hertfordshire (UK): Catherine Larman (UK)
6. 2003 (internal): University College London (UK): Julian Clark (UK) 
7. 2004 (external): Lincoln University (New Zealand): Nicholas Marchand (Chile)
8. 2006 (external): Massey University (New Zealand): Mairi Jay (New Zealand)
9. 2007 (external): University of Kiel (Germany) (Habilitation): Florian Dünckmann (Germany)
10. 2008 (external): University of Essex (UK): Darko Znaor (Croatia)
11. 2008 (external): Massey University (New Zealand): Jeffrey McNeill (New Zealand)
12. 2009 (internal): University of Plymouth (UK): Claire Kelly (UK)
13. 2009 (internal): University of Plymouth (UK): Veit Bachmann (Germany)
14. 2010 (external): Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland): Jérémie Forney (Switzerland)
15. 2010 (external): Wageningen University (The Netherlands): Diego Valbuena (Argentina)
16. 2010 (internal): University of Plymouth (UK): Ian Murphy (UK)
17. 2011 (external): University College Dublin: Terence McFadden (Ireland)
18. 2012 (external): University of East Anglia (UK): Huia Forbes (New Zealand)

Teaching interests

UNDERGRADUATE

Stage 2 courses:

Rural Geography:

This module uses perspectives from human geography to examine rural areas in first world countries. It considers economic, social, cultural and political aspects of the countryside and emphasises the nature and causes of social division, exclusion and inequality in the countryside. It is divided into two main parts. The first examines rurality, nature and society; the second rural and agricultural processes. The module has a geographical emphasis, and throughout the course particular attention is paid to space and place. The module also emphasises critical thinking and expects you to engage with theoretical ideas to explain and understand everyday issues.

Stage 3 courses:

Global Environmental Politics:

This module critically evaluates the nature, processes and constraints of global environmental politics. The module draws on material from a variety of academic disciplines, including political science, geography, European studies, international relations, economics and environmental science. The module places particular focus on critical analysis of the complex processes involved in reaching supra-national and multilateral agreements to regulate environmental problems. Emphasis is placed on understanding the roles of different actors/stakeholders in environmental politics, policy and management processes, and on analysing conflict and cooperation in global environmental politics. Specific examples ranging from climate change policies to the Antarctic Treaty System will bring students close to the research frontier by discussing environmental problems and policies currently under investigation by geographers at the University of Plymouth and beyond.

POSTGRADUATE (taught Master’s degree courses)

Rural Planning:

This module examines rural planning, using theoretical perspectives from geography, sociology and planning. It considers how planning policies reflect and affect rural economy, environment and society. Rural governance and decision-making are critically evaluated. The module is supported with local, national and international examples.

Research interests

a) Community resilience and environmental transitions

b) Theoretical and environmental implications of the ‘non-productivist’ and ‘multifunctional’ countryside

c) Community resilience and environmental transitions

d) Environmental policy evaluation with a specific focus on policies related to agriculture and conservation in Europe/Australia/New Zealand

e) Conceptualising agricultural and rural change

f) Agri-environmental policy in the European Union with a specific focus on the UK, Germany and Switzerland

g) Farmer environmental attitudes and implications for farmers’ environmental decision-making

h) Policies and desertification in southern Europe

i) Environmental management: research into the conceptual understanding of environmental management as a process and as a social science sub-discipline

j) Indigenous forest management in New Zealand

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

PHDs AWARDED

1. Nicola Cooper (PhD awarded 1999; King's College London): “Street-level bureaucrats and the ESA scheme: the case of the FRCA project officer in the UK” (Funding: ESRC)

2. Joanne Hay (2001; King's College London): “Landscape ecology and the Farm Woodland Premium Scheme” (Funding: EU project)

3. Catherine Wilson (2001; King's College London): “Portrayals of the shift from productivism to post-productivism in British newspapers” (Funding: EU project)

4. Simon Papps (2003; King's College London): “The changing discourses of agri-environmental actors in England: evidence from Regulation 2078/92 and Agenda 2000” (Funding: ESRC) 

5. James Jenkins (2007; King's College London): "Implementation of the EU Drinking Water Regulation: a comparative study of the UK and Ireland" (Funding: ESRC) 

6. Afraa Sallowm (2009; University of Plymouth): "ICT access and use in the remote rural town of Hatherleigh (Devon, UK): towards citizen engagement?" (Funding: Syrian Government)

7. Clive Bastin (2010; University of Plymouth): "The partnership approach to environmental governance: the case of the Moor Trees partnership network" (Funding: GWR studentship)

8. Saer Barhoum (2010; University of Plymouth): "Risk and farmers' decisions to farm organically: the case of Devon (UK)" (Funding: Syrian Government)

9. Rob Hopkins (PhD awarded 2010, University of Plymouth): Localisation and resilience at the local level: the case of Transition Town Totnes (Devon, UK) (Funding: ESRC 1+3)

PhDs AWARDED (as 2nd supervisor)

10. Cesar Vasquez-Navarrete (2007; University of Plymouth): "Productivity management of the cocoa agro-food system in Tabasco (Mexico)" (Funding: Mexican Government)

11. Rawad Echtaie (2008; University of Plymouth): "Landuse change in the Nile Delta: an application of the DPSIR model" (Funding: Syrian Government)

12. Nadine Schäfer (2008; University of Plymouth): "Young people's geographies in 2nd modernity: a case study on young people's everyday lives in rural East Germany" (Funding: University of Plymouth)

13. Sally Murrall (2011; University of Plymouth): Policy learning and the development of renewable energy policy in the United Kigdom (Funding: self-funded)

PHDs IN PROGRESS:

14.     Andrew Fox (University of Plymouth): “Communities, institutions and flood risk: mobilising social capital to improve community reslience” (Funding: self-funded)

15.     Wendy Miller (University of Plymouth): Agrifood initiatives and citizenship in low income communities: an exploration of metropolitan regions in the South West of England (Funding: UoP studentship)

16.     Huw Thomas (University of Plymouth): The resilience of fishing communities in the SW of England (Funding: self-funded)

17.     Zhanping Hu (University of Plymouth): Socio-economic drivers of change in rural China (Funding: Chinese Government)

18. Michiel Curfs (University of Plymouth): Soil, community resilience and land use management (Funding: self-funded)

Grants & contracts

EU GRANTS:

1996-1999: € 217,100 (£150,000) DG VI Brussels for the FP4-funded European project on "Implementation and effectiveness of agri-environmental schemes established under EU Regulation 2078/92/EEC"
Project co-ordination: Institut für ländliche Strukturforschung, Frankfurt, Germany
Position within project: Co-ordinator of British team (one research assistant and two PhDs)

2000-2004: € 148,800 (£100,000) DG XII Brussels for the FP6-funded European project on ‘Impact of past policies on farmers’ environmental decision-making with regard to erosion on farms in 4 Mediterranean countries’
Project co-ordination: ICIS, Wageningen, the Netherlands
Position within project: Co-ordinator of British team (one research assistant) and co-ordinator of one project module (out of 4) consisting of 15 researchers working in 4 Mediterranean countries

2007: € 10,000 (£6500) for the FP6-funded LUCINDA project involving production of an information booklet on 'European policy and desertification: evidence from the local scale'
Project coordination: University of Lisboa, Portugal

2010-2014: € 350,000 (£300,000) DG XII Brussels (EU FP7) for a European project on 'Land and ecosystem degradation and desertification: assessing the fit of responses' (total project fund €3.1 million)
Project coordination: University of the Aegean (Greece)
Position within project: Co-ordinator of British team (one postdoctoral researcher) and co-ordinator of project module

2011-2014: € 100,000 (£80,000) DGXII Brussels (EU FP7) for a European project on 'Farming transitions: pathways towards regional sustainability of agriculture in Europe' (total project fund €2 million)
Project coordination: Macaulay Reserach Institute (UK)
Position within project: External advisor on multifunctionality and transition issues; production of edited book

GRANTS FOR INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS:

1993: £400 ARC Anglo-German Foundation for a pump-priming visit at the Institut für Strukturforschung Frankfurt (Germany) to prepare an application for an EU project (see above)

1996: £515 Royal Society for the presentation of a paper at the IGC Conference 1996 in The Hague (Netherlands)

1997: £1,500 Department of Geography King’s College London, for a 3-month research visit at the National Agricultural Research Institute Braunschweig (Germany) and work on the book "German agriculture in transition"

2000: £2,030 Nuffield Foundation for research (based at Zürich University, Switzerland) on the post-productivist countryside in Europe

2002-2003: £1,800 King’s College and Monash University (Australia) Seeding Fund, for research on the question of a "post-productivist" agricultural regime in Australia (with Prof. Chris Cocklin, School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University, Australia)

2005-2007: Aus$200,000 (£85,000), Australian Research Council (ARC), for research on the multifunctional countryside in Australia (with Chris Cocklin, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)

2007: £5500, British Academy, for a 3-month research project on 'Maori indigenous forest management in New Zealand' (based at Lincoln University, New Zealand)

2007: £4300, Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship (3 months), for staff replacement costs while working on the British Academy funded the project 'Maori indigenous forest management in New Zealand'

2012: £3000, Seale Hayne Educational Trust (4 months) for a project entitled 'Conflict between productivist agriculture and environmental policy: the Resource Management Act (1991) and productivist land use in central South Island, New Zealand'

GRANTS FOR UK-BASED RESEARCH:

1992: £750 King’s College Small Humanities Grant for preliminary research on the ESA agri-environmental programme in the UK

1993: £3,500 Nuffield Foundation for research on the effectiveness of the ESA scheme in Cambrian Mountains ESA (Wales)

1994: £3,000 British Academy for research assessing implementation of the ESA scheme in the UK

2005: £60,000 (with 4 other south-west based academic institutions), SW RDA, for a study on 'Rural research supply and demand in the south-west of the UK'

AUTHORED BOOKS

1. Wilson, G.A. 1992: The urge to clear the bush - a study on native forest clearance on farms in the Catlins District of  New Zealand, 1861-1990. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press (Studies in Rural Change No 18), 104 pp.

2. Wilson, G.A. and R.L. Bryant 1997: Environmental management: new directions for the 21st century. London: UCL Press, 202 pp.

3. Wilson, G.A. and O.J. Wilson 2001: German agriculture in transition: society, policies and environment in a changing Europe. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 350 pp.

4. Wilson, G.A. 2007: Multifunctional agriculture: a transition theory perspective. New York (Oxford University Press) and Wallingford (CAB International), 384 pp.

5. Wilson, G.A. 2012: Community resilience and environmental transitions. London: Earthscan/Routledge, 250 pp.

EDITED BOOKS

1. Schramek, J, Biehl, D., Buller, H. and G.A. Wilson (eds) 1999: Implementation and effectiveness of agri-environmental schemes established under Regulation 2078/92. Frankfurt: Institut für ländliche Strukturforschung, 264 pp.

2. Buller, H., Wilson, G.A. and A. Höll (eds) 2000: Agri-environmental policy in the European Union. Aldershot: Ashgate, 290 pp.

3. Wilson, G.A. and M. Juntti (eds) 2005: Unravelling desertification: policies and actor networks in Southern Europe. Wageningen (NL): Wageningen Academic Publishers, 246pp.

4. Mose, I., Robinson, G.M., Schmied, D. and G.A. Wilson (eds) 2010: Globalization and rural transitions in Germany and the UK. Göttingen (Germany): Cuvillier Verlag, 191 pp.

ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS

1. Wilson, G.A. 1990: Aspekte der Waldrodung in Neuseeland. Die Erde 121 (2): 73-85.

2. Wilson, G.A. 1992: A survey on attitudes of landholders to native forest on farmland. Journal of Environmental
   Management
34 (2): 117-136.

3. Wilson, G.A. 1993: The pace of indigenous forest clearance on farms in the Catlins District, South Island, New Zealand, 1861-1991. New Zealand Geographer 49 (1): 15-25.

4. Wilson, G.A. 1993: Irrational Forestry Policy - the timber industry and forest clearance on farms in the New Zealand Catlins District, 1870-1950. Forest and Conservation History 37 (3): 120-131.

5. Wilson, G.A. 1994: Towards sustainable management of natural ecosystems on farms? A New Zealand perspective. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 37 (2): 169-185.

6. Wilson, G.A. 1994: German agri-environmental schemes I - a preliminary review. Journal of Rural Studies 10 (1): 27-45.

7. Wilson, G.A. 1994: Wood chipping of indigenous forest on private land in New Zealand 1969-1993. Australian
   Geographical Studies
32 (2): 256-273.

8. Wilson, G.A. 1995: German agri-environmental schemes II - the MEKA Programme in Baden-Württemberg. Journal of Rural Studies 11 (2): 149-159.

9. Wilson, G.A. 1996: Farmer environmental attitudes and ESA participation. Geoforum 27 (2): 115-131.

10. Wilson, G.A., Lezzi, M. and C. Egli 1996: Agri-environmental schemes in Switzerland: Euro-(in)compatible?
   European Urban and Regional Studies 3 (3): 205-224.

11. Claro, E. and G.A. Wilson 1996: Trans-Pacific wood chip exports: the rise of Chile. Australian Geographical Studies 34 (2): 185-199.

12. Wilson, G.A. 1997: Factors influencing farmer participation in the Environmentally Sensitive Areas scheme. Journal of Environmental Management 50: 67-93.

13. Wilson, G.A. 1997: Selective targeting in Environmentally Sensitive Areas: implications for farmers and the
   environment. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 40 (2): 199-215.

14. Wilson, G.A. 1997: Assessing the environmental impact of the Environmentally Sensitive Areas scheme: a case for using farmers’ environmental knowledge? Landscape Research 22 (3): 303-326.

15. Wilson, O.J. and G.A. Wilson 1997: Common cause or common concern? The role of common lands in the post-productivist countryside. Area 29 (1): 45-58.

16. Deblitz, C., Buller, H., Röhm, O., Schramek, J. and G.A. Wilson 1998: Ausgestaltung und Inanspruchnahme der Agrarumweltprogramme in den EU-Mitgliedstaaten. Berichte über Landwirtschaft 76: 55-73.

17. Bryant, R.L. and G.A. Wilson 1998: Rethinking environmental management. Progress in Human Geography 22 (3): 321-343.

18. Hart, K. and G.A. Wilson 1998: UK implementation of Agri-environment Regulation 2078/92/EEC: enthusiastic supporter or reluctant participant? Landscape Research 23 (3): 255-272.

19. Burton, R. and G.A. Wilson 1999: The Yellow Pages as a sampling frame for farm surveys: assessing potential bias in agri-environmental research. Journal of Rural Studies 15 (1): 91-102.

20. Wilson, G.A., Petersen, J.-E. and A. Höll 1999: EU member state responses to Agri-Environment Regulation 2078/92/EEC – towards a conceptual framework? Geoforum 30: 185-202.

21. Wilson, G.A. and K. Hart 2000: Financial imperative or conservation concern? EU farmers’ motivations for participation in voluntary agri-environmental schemes. Environment and Planning A 32 (12): 2161-2185.

22. Wilson, G.A. and K. Hart 2001: Farmer participation in agri-environmental schemes: towards conservation-oriented thinking? Sociologia Ruralis 41 (2): 254-274.

23. Wilson, G.A. 2001: From productivism to post-productivism … and back again? Exploring the (un)changed natural and mental landscapes of European agriculture. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 26 (1): 77-102.

24. Wilson, G.A. and H. Buller 2001: The use of socio-economic and environmental indicators in assessing the effectiveness of EU agri-environmental policy. European Environment 11: 297-313.

25. Wilson, G.A. 2002: ‘Post-Produktivismus’ in der europäischen Landwirtschaft: Mythos oder Realität? Geographica Helvetica 57 (2): 109-126.

26. Wilson, G.A. and J. Rigg 2003: ‘Post-productivist’ agricultural regimes and the South: discordant concepts? Progress in Human Geography 27 (6): 681-707.

27. Wilson, G.A. 2004: The Australian Landcare movement: towards ‘post-productivist’ rural governance? Journal of Rural Studies 20: 461-484.

28. Wilson, G.A. and P.A. Memon 2005: Indigenous forest management in 21st century New Zealand: towards a 'postproductivist' indigenous forest-farmland interface? Environment and Planning A 37 (8): 1493-1517.

29. Juntti, M. and G.A. Wilson 2005: Conceptualising desertification in Southern Europe: stakeholder interpretations and multiple policy agendas. European Environment 15: 228-249.

30. Burton, R.F. and G.A. Wilson 2006: Injecting social psychology theory into conceptualisations of agricultural agency: towards a post-productivist farmer self-identity? Journal of Rural Studies 22: 95-115.

31. Memon, P.A. and G.A. Wilson 2007: Contesting governance of indigenous forests in New Zealand: the case of the 'West Coast Forest Accord'. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 50 (6): 745-764.

32. Wilson, G.A. 2008: Global multifunctional agriculture: transitional convergence between North and South or zero-sum-game? International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 6 (1): 3-21.

33. Wilson, G.A. 2008: From 'weak' to 'strong' multifunctionality: conceptualising farm-level multifunctional transitional pathways. Journal of Rural Studies 24: 367-383.

34. Wilson, G.A. 2009: The spatiality of multifunctional agriculture: a human geography perspective. Geoforum 40: 269-280.

35. Bailey, I. and G.A. Wilson 2009: Theorising transitional pathways in response to climate change: technocentrism, ecocentrism and the carbon economy. Environment and Planning A 41: 2324-2341.

36. Wilson, G.A. 2009: Rethinking environmental management - ten years later: a view from the author. Environments 36 (3): 3-15.

37. Wilson, G.A. and P.A. Memon 2010: The contested environmental governance of Maori-owned native forests in South Island, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Land Use Policy 27: 1197-1209.

38. Bailey, I., Hopkins, R. and G.A. Wilson 2010: Some things old, some things new: the spatial representations and politics of change of the peak oil relocalisation movement. Geoforum 41: 595-605.

39. Wilson, G.A. 2010: Multifunctional 'quality' and rural community resilience. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 35: 364-381.

40. Wilson, G.A. 2012: Climbers' narratives of mountain spaces above 8000 metres: a social constructivist perspective. Area 44 (1): 29-36.

41. Wilson, G.A. and I. Whitehead 2012: Local rural product as a 'relic' spatial strategy in globalised rural spaces: evidence from County Clare (Ireland). Journal of Rural Studies 28: 199-207.

42. Wilson, G.A. 2012 : Community resilience, globalization, and transnational pathways of decision-making. Geoforum 43: 1218-1231.

CHAPTERS IN EDITED BOOKS

1. Memon, P.A. and G.A. Wilson 1993: Indigenous Forests. In: Memon, P.A. and H.C. Perkins (eds): Environmental Planning in New Zealand. Palmerston North, Dunmore Press, pp. 97-119.

2. Wilson, G.A. 1996: The environment: pollution, climatic change and energy. In: Overy, R. (ed): The Times Atlas of the 20th century. London: Times Books, pp. 202-207.

3. Wilson, G.A. 1998: Agri-environmental issues in Germany. In: Unwin, T. (ed): A European Geography. Harlow: Longman, pp. 154-157.

4. Wilson, G.A. 1998: The environmentally sensitive areas scheme in the UK: success or failure? In: Bowler, I.R., Bryant, C.R. and P.P. Huigen (eds): Dimensions of sustainable rural systems (Netherlands Geographical Studies 244). Groningen (NL): Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, pp. 121-134.

5. Wilson, G.A. 1999: The farm survey approach: In: Schramek, J., Biehl, D., Buller, H. and G.A. Wilson (eds): Implementation and effectiveness of agri-environmental schemes established under Regulation 2078/92. Frankfurt: Institut für ländliche Strukturforschung, pp. 67-70.

6. Wilson, G.A. 1999: Monotoring, evaluation and agri-environmental indicators. In: Schramek, J., Biehl, D., Buller, H. and G.A. Wilson (eds): Implementation and effectiveness of agri-environmental schemes established under Regulation 2078/92. Frankfurt: Institut für ländliche Strukturforschung, pp. 215-218.

7. Hart, K. and G.A. Wilson 2000: United Kingdom: from agri-environmental policy shaper to policy receiver? In: Buller, H., Wilson, G.A. and A. Höll (eds): Agri-environmental policy in the European Union. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 95-118.

8. Buller, H., Wilson, G.A. and A. Höll 2000: Introduction: the emergence of Regulation 2078. In: Buller, H., Wilson, G.A. and A. Höll (eds): Agri-environmental policy in the European Union. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 1-8.
 
9. Wilson, G.A., Buller, H. and A. Höll 2000: Conclusions: agri-environmental policy beyond Regulation 2078. In: Buller, H., Wilson, G.A. and A. Höll (eds): Agri-environmental policy in the European Union. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 255-260.

10. Wilson, G.A. 2001: Agrarumweltprogramme in Großbritannien: Erfolg oder Misserfolg? In: B. Osterburg and H. Nieberg (eds): Agrarumweltprogramme: Konzepte, Entwicklungen, künftige Ausgestaltung. Braunschweig (Germany): Bundesforschungsanstalt für Landwirtschaft (Special Issue 231), pp. 87-96.

11. Wilson, O.J. and G.A. Wilson 2002: East Germany. In: F.W. Carter and D. Turnock (eds): Environmental problems of East Central Europe. London: Routledge, pp. 139-156.

12. Wilson, G.A. and M. Juntti 2003: Studying past policy implementation in four target areas. In: Briassoulis, H. (ed): Mediterranean desertification: framing the policy context. Brussels: European Commission, pp. 17-22.

13. Wilson, G.A. 2004: The role of agricultural policy in land degradation processes. In: Gagliardo, P. (ed): Desertification, actors, research, policies. Rome: Societa Geografica Otaliana, pp. 59-72.

14. Juntti, M. and G.A. Wilson 2005: Introduction. In: Wilson, G.A. and M. Juntti (eds): Unravelling desertification: policies and actor networks in Southern Europe. Wageningen (NL): Wageningen Academic Publishers, pp. 23-30.

15. Onate, J.J., Juntti, M. and G.A. Wilson 2005: Desertification and policies: the global, European and national arenas. In: Wilson, G.A. and M. Juntti (eds): Unravelling desertification: policies and actor networks in Southern Europe. Wageningen (NL): Wageningen Academic Publishers, pp. 31-60.

16. Juntti, M. and G.A. Wilson 2005: Actor networks, policies and desertification: some theoretical considerations. In: Wilson, G.A. and M. Juntti (eds): Unravelling desertification: policies and actor networks in Southern Europe. Wageningen (NL): Wageningen Academic Publishers, pp. 181-190.

17. Juntti, M. and G.A. Wilson 2005: Actor networks and the implementation of policies affecting dersertification in Southern Europe. In: Wilson, G.A. and M. Juntti (eds): Unravelling desertification: policies and actor networks in Southern Europe. Wageningen (NL): Wageningen Academic Publishers, pp. 191-216.

18. Wilson, G.A. and M. Juntti 2005: Conclusions: desertification in Southern Europe - the way forward? In: Wilson, G.A. and M. Juntti (eds): Unravelling desertification: policies and actor networks in Southern Europe. Wageningen (NL): Wageningen Academic Publishers, pp. 217-222.

19. Wilson, G.A. 2005: Towards a post-productivist countryside in the UK and Germany? In: Schmied, D. and O.J. Wilson (eds): The countryside in the 21st century: Anglo-German perspectives. Bayreuth (Germany):
Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Bayreuth, pp. 111-120.

20. Juntti, M. and G.A. Wilson 2005: Results from the MEDACTION Project: exploring the policy context of desertification in Southern Europe. In: Zdruli, P. and T. Liuzzi (eds): Drafting appropriate policies and guidelines to support sustainable land management in the Mediterreanean region. Bari (Italy): International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, pp. 169-190.

21. Wilson, G.A. 2006: The role of agricultural policy in land degradation processes. In: Gagliardo, P. (ed): Desertification: actors, research, policies. Rome: Societa Geografica Italiana, pp. 59-72.

22. Wilson, G.A. 2009: Post-productivist and multifunctional agriculture. In: Kitchin, R. and N. Thrift (eds): The international encyclopaedia of human geography. London: Elsevier, pp. 379-386.

23. Wilson, G.A. 2010: Rethinking the notion of 'multifunctional agriculture'. In: Salazar, A. and I. Rios (eds): Sustainable agriculture: technology, planning and management. Hauppauge (N.Y.): Nova Science Publishers, pp. 235-264.

24. Wilson, G.A., Mose, I., Robinson, G.M. and D. Schmied 2010: Introduction: British and German rural geography in perspective. In: Mose, I., Robinson, G.M., Schmied, D. and G.A. Wilson (eds): Globalization and rural transitions in Germany and the UK. Göttingen (Germany): Cuvillier Verlag, pp. 1-14.

25. Wilson, G.A. and F. Dünckmann 2010: From 'weak' to 'strong' multifunctionality? A research framework for assessing farm-level multifunctional pathways in the UK and Germany. In: Mose, I., Robinson, G.M., Schmied, D. and G.A. Wilson (eds): Globalization and rural transitions in Germany and the UK. Göttingen (Germany): Cuvillier Verlag, pp. 15-34.

26. Burton, R.J. and G.A. Wilson 2012: The rejuvenation of productivist agriculture: the case for 'cooperative neo-productivism'. In: Almas, R. and H. Campbell (eds): Rethinking agricultural policy regimes: food security, climate change and the future resilience of global agriculture. Bingley (UK): Emerald, pp. 51-72.

Reports & invited lectures

INVITED PAPER PRESENTATIONS AND KEYNOTE ADDRESSES
1989: New Zealand Geographical Association Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand. Paper presented: "The use of oral information in early representations of vegetation distribution: a case study from New Zealand".

1991: New Zealand Conference on Environmental Management, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. Paper presented: “Towards a conceptual framework for understanding the nature, pace and causes of forest clearance on New Zealand farms”.

1992: New Zealand Geographical Association Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. Paper presented: " Implications of farmers' environmental attitudes for the management of remnant ecosystems on farms".

1993: IBG Conference, Royal Holloway and Bedford College, UK. Paper presented: "Towards sustainable management of remnant indigenous ecosystems on farms? A New Zealand perspective."

1995: European Urban and Regional Studies Conference, Exeter, UK. Paper presented: "Agri-environmnental policy in Switzerland: Euro-(in)compatible?"

1995: IBG Conference, Newcastle University, UK. Paper presented: "German agri-environmental schemes: The MEKA programme in Baden-Württemberg."

1996: IGU Conference, Glasgow University, UK. Paper presented: "Factors influencing farmer participation in the UK ESA scheme".

1996: IBG Conference, Glasgow University, UK. Paper presented: "Reconceptualising environmental management: an insight into the debates".

1996: School of Geography, Kingston University, UK. Paper presented on “The ESA scheme in the UK: selective targeting and ecological implications”

1996: School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK. Paper presented: “Implementation and effectiveness of the ESA scheme in the UK”

1997: Institut für Strukturforschung, Braunschweig-Völkenrode, Germany: “Das ESA Programm in Grossbritannien: Erfolg oder Fehlschlag?”

1997: Environment Section, Wye College, UK. Paper presented: “Implementation of Regulation 2078/92/EEC in the UK: policy shaper or policy receiver?

1998: IBG Conference, Kingston University, UK. Paper presented: "Understanding implementation and effectiveness of EU agri-environmental policies: a conceptual framework."

1999: Rural Economy and Society Study Group Annual Conference, Durham, UK. Paper presented (with H. Buller): "Agri-environment Regulation 2078 in the EU: success or failure?"

2000: Institut für Betriebswirtschaft, Braunschweig-Völkenrode, Germany: “Agrarumweltprogramme in Grossbritannien: Erfolg oder Fehlschlag?”

2000: Geografisches Institut der Universität Zürich (Switzerland); Institut für Agrarwirtschaft (ETH Zürich; Switzerland); Institut de Géographie de l’Université de Fribourg (Switzerland). Paper presented: “European agriculture: towards post-productivism?”

2001: RGS-IBG Conference, Plymouth University, UK. Paper presented: "Re-thinking the notion of post-productivist agriculture".

2002: Anglo-German Geographers Conference, University of Bayreuth, Germany. Paper presented: "Towards post-productivism in the European Union and Germany?".

2003: RGS-IBG Conference, RGS London, UK, September 2003. Paper presented (with Meri Juntti): "Actor networks and the impact of policies on desertification in Southern Europe".

2004: Environmental Economic Geography Conference, University of Köln (Germany), May 2004. Paper presented: “The greening of European agri-environmental policy: towards a post-productivist agenda?” (keynote paper)

2004 IGC Conference Glasgow (UK), August 2004. Paper presented: “Towards multifunctional agriculture? A transition theory perspective”.

2005: Symposium 'Agrarförderung: Motor oder Hemmnis für Innovation im ländlichen Raum?', Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin (Germany), October 2005. Paper presented: "Interlinkages between multifunctional agriculture and agricultural policy" (keynote paper)

2006: 'The Rural Citizen' Conference, University of Plymouth, April 2006. Paper presented: "The rural citizen: research agendas and challenges for the future" (keynote paper)

2006: Conference 'Foreigners in the countryside', Anglo-French Rural Researchers Meeting, Vichy (France), May 2006. Paper presented: "Reconceptualising 'multifunctional agriculture'."

2006: Macaulay Agricultural Research Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland, November 2006. Paper presented: "Multifunctional agriculture: a transition theory perspective".

2007: RGS/IBG Conference, RGS London, UK, September 2007. Paper presented: "Multifunctional agriculture: a transition theory perspective"

2008: Rural Futures Conference, University of Plymouth, April 2008. Paper presented: "Conceptualising multifunctional agricultural and rural pathways".

2008: Anglo-German Rural Geographers Meeting, University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany, June 2008. Paper presented: "Multifunctional agricultural pathways in the UK and German countryside: actors, policies and environment".

2008:  Department of Geography, King’s College London, UK, seminar series, October 2008. Paper presented: "Geographies of indigenous forest management in Aotearoa/New Zealand: multifunctional pathways and indigenous spaces of difference" (invited paper).

2009: Department of Geography, University of Aberdeen, February 2009. Paper resented: "Multifunctional agriculture: a transitions theory perspective" (invited paper).

2009: AAG Conference, Las Vegas, USA, March 2009: Paper presented: "Conceptualising multifunctional 'quality' at the rural community level: resilience, vulnerability, and economic, social and environmental capital" (keynote npaper).

2010: Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Conference 'The role of the agriculture and food sector in regional development', Nyborg, Denmark, March 2010: Paper presented: "Multifunctionality and rural development: a UK perspective" (invited paper)

2010: Wageningen Agricultural Reserach Centre (LEI), The Hague, The Netherlands, June 2010: Paper presented: "Conceptualising multifunctional 'quality' at the rural community level: resilience, vulnerability, and economic, social and environmental capital" (invited paper).

2010: RGS/IBG Conference, RGS London, UK, September 2010: Paper presented: "Conceptualising rural community resilience at the intersection between economic, social and environmental capital".

2012: Lincoln University and Victoria University (New Zealand): Paper presented: "Community resilience and environmental transitions".

Additional information

Professor Geoff Wilson is the leader of the "Environment, Society and Governance" research group at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth

Rationale and objectives of the group

A common approach that permeates many research projects in this area is based on actor-orientated approaches that place stakeholders at the heart of investigations. Through the explicit focus on the complex interlinkages between environment, society and governance, this work is at the cutting edge of contemporary human geography research.

Many group members focus on researching policy processes (in particular environmental, rural, transport and planning policy), highlighting that the Group is also interested in the practicalitiesof governance and how policy decisions affect actors/stakeholders at different levels of decision-making. One research focus is on rural and agricultural issues, while other research analyses issues ranging from environmental transitions and transport policy to questions related to the effects of policies and governance structures on groups in different geographical settings.Through its locality implications and heritage dimensions, this in turn links with our economic restructuring theme, notably researched in terms of the interrelations between tourism, mega sports events and the restructuring of urban and regional systems.

Research undertaken by human geographers is wide-ranging and focuses on many different localities including, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Since 2000, group members have received grants from, for example, the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, and the European Commission.

For contact details and more information regarding their research, please click on members names.

Academic Staff: Research themes:
Professor Geoff Wilson
(group convener)
Agri-environmental policy, environmental policy and management
Dr Ian Bailey quantitative plant ecology and spatial analysis in biogeography; coastal vegetation
Dr Federico Caprotti Clean technologies, political ecology, cultural economy, the cleantech sector (China and the US)

Sir Robert Coleman:
(Visiting Professor)

Transport and maritime policy

Dr Stephen Essex Sustainable rural tourism. Redevelopment planning
Dr Claire Kelly Governance, stakeholder engagement in environmental decision-making. Partnership approaches to coastal and marine management
Dr Jennie Middleton urban geographies, including experiences of everyday urban mobilities (commuting practices, walking). Sustainable communities.

David Pinder:
(Emeritus Professor)

Maritime geographies

Professor Jon Shaw
(Deputy group convener)
Transport, mobility and accessibility
Dr James Sidaway
(Associate member)
The European Union's global role
Dr Naomi Tyrrell Migration, identity and place, children's geographies
Dr Jennie Winter

Sustainable development and education for sustainability

Mr Ian Whitehead

Rural diversification, rural communities, agricultural law

Dr Richard Yarwood Society and the rural community, farm livestock geographies