Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Professor Geoff Wood

Emeritus Professor

Wessex House 8.57
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4556


Geof Wood, now Emeritus Professor, was formerly Dean of Faculty from 2005-2008; Head of the Department of Economics and International Development from 2000-2005; founder-director of the Institute for International Policy Analysis (IFIPA) from 1998 to 2005, member of the Wellbeing in Developing Countries ESRC Research Group from 2002-2007, member of the Development Studies RAE panel 2008, University Research Advisor from 2008-2010 when he formally retired.

He is a sociologist, specialising in International Development, with a regional focus on South Asia. However for the whole of his academic career, he has worked in strong interdisciplinary settings, especially alongside economics but also a range of other social and natural science disciplines as well. His research in over 40 years since graduation has therefore included: development administration (Zambia); rural development (villages in Bihar, India, and Bangladesh, and more recently Northern Pakistan); irrigation systems and their common property management; rural natural resource management (fisheries, forests); microfinance; social mobilisation and social development; governance; poverty and livelihoods in both urban and rural contexts; and the application of concepts from social policy to thinking about poverty eradication, welfare and development in poor countries, leading in particular to writing about rights and security.  This work has been primarily financed by: the ERSC; the Ford Foundation; the Swedish International Development Authority; the UK Department for International Development; the Aga Khan Foundation; and the World Bank.

Geof is also currently Chair of the board of INTRAC; editorial Board member of JID; member of DSA Council (with reponsibility for conferences); and President of the Development Studies Association for the UK and Ireland.  He has been admitted as an Academician ot the Academy of Social Sciences, so has AcSS after his name. He shares a grant with Dr Joe Devine on 'Working with Extreme Poor in Bangladesh' and was part of the team which won the Queen's Anniversary Award.

Both research and teaching have been extensively conducted overseas in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, Venezuela, Peru, Zambia and Tanzania.

Before the formation of the Department of Economics & International Development, he taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of Social Sciences, as well as extensive supervision of PhD students. In the past, therefore, he has taught courses in: sociology of developing societies; political sociology; agrarian change; sociology and anthropology of development (to Masters courses); livelihoods analysis (Masters courses); natural resource management and sustainable development (Masters courses). He founded the cross-University Masters programme in Environmental Science, Policy and Planning. With the formation of the Department and IFIPA, Geof Wood has increasingly focused his attention upon postgraduate teaching (taught programmes and research students), as well as contributing to the formation of new programmes (such as the Masters in Globalisation & International Policy Analysis).

Research interests

  • Social Development
  • Agrarian Change in South Asia
  • Irrigation and Water Management
  • Urban Livelihoods
  • Social Policy in Development Contexts
  • Wellbeing and Socio-economic Security

Countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan



Wood, G., Malik, A. and Sagheer, S., eds., 2006. Valleys In Transition:20 Years of AKRSP Experience in Northern Pakistan. Oxford University Press.

Gough, I., Wood, G., Barrientos, A., Bevan, P., Davis, P. and Room, G., 2004. Insecurity and welfare regimes in Asia, Africa and Latin America: social policy in development contexts. Cambridge University Press.

Book Sections

Wood, G. and Devine, J., 2017. Forthcoming. Sharing the well:towards sustained eradication of extreme poverty in Bangladesh. In: Devine, J., Wood, G., Ali, Z. and Alam, S., eds. Extreme Poverty, Growth and Inequality in Bangladesh. Practical Action Publishing Limited.

Wood, G., Devine, J. and Basu, I., 2017. Contesting Political Space: Who Governs In Bangladesh. In: Basu, I., Devine, J. and Wood, G., eds. Politics and Governance in Bangladesh: Uncertain Landscapes. Routledge.

Devine, J., Basu, I. and Wood, G., 2017. Governance Challenges in Bangladesh: old wine in not so new bottles? In: basu, i., Devine, j. and Wood, G., eds. Politics and Governance in Bangladesh: Uncertain Landscapes. Routledge.

Devine, J. and Wood, G., 2016. Forthcoming. Extreme Poverty and the need for a new political settlement. In: Wood, G., Ali, Z., Maitrot, M. and Devine, J., eds. Aiding Resilience among the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh. Dhaka: UPL.

Devine, J., Wood, G., Goto, R. and Da Corta, L., 2016. Health and Wellbeing in the Lives of the Extreme Poor. In: wood, G., Ali, Z., Maitrot, M. and Devine, J., eds. Aiding Resilience among the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh. UPL.

Wood, G., 2015. Can civil society be free of the natural state? applying north to Bangladesh. In: Quadir, F. and Tsujinaka, Y., eds. Civil Society in Asia. Aldershot, U. K.: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 19-39.

Copestake, J. and Wood, G., 2008. Reproducing Unequal Security: Peru as a Wellbeing Regime. In: Copestake, J., ed. Wellbeing and Development in Peru: Local and Universal Views Confronted. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 185-209.

Wood, G. D., 2007. Labels, Welfare Regimes and Intermediation: Contesting Formal Power. In: Moncrieffe, J. and Eyben, R., eds. The Power of Labelling: Why It Matters. Earthscan, pp. 17-32.

Wood, G. D., 2007. Using Security to Indicate Well-Being. In: Gough, I. and McGregor, J. A., eds. Wellbeing in Developing Countries: from Theory to Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 109-132.

Wood, G. D. and Shakil, S., 2006. Collective Action: The Threatened Imperative. In: Wood, G., Malik, A. and Sagheer, S., eds. Valleys In Transition: 20 Years of AKRSP Experience in Northern Pakistan. Karachi and Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wood, G. D., 2005. Poverty, Capabilities and Perverse Social Capital: the Antidote to Sen and Putnam. In: Khan, A. and Seeley, J., eds. Making a Living: The Livelihoods of the Rural Poor in Bangladesh. Dhaka: UPL.

Wood, G. D., 2004. Informal Security Regimes: the strength of relationships. In: Gough, I., Wood, G., Barrientos, A., Bevan, P., Davis, P. and Room, G., eds. Insecurity and Welfare Regimes in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 49-87.

Wood, G. D., 2001. Financing Poverty Eradication: Towards New Frontiers. In: Sharif, I. and Wood, G., eds. Challenges to Second Generation Microfinance: Supervision, Regulation and Resource Mobilisation. Dhaka: UPL, pp. 17-45.

Wood, G. D., 2001. Governance and the Common Man: Embedding Social Policy in the Search for Security. In: Mosley, P. and Dowler, E., eds. Poverty and Social Exclusion in North and South: Essays on Social Policy and Global poverty Reduction. London: Routledge, pp. 83-121.


Wood, G., 2016. Beyond colonialism:continuity, change and the modern development project. Canadian Journal of Development Studies

Aziz, A., Khan, F. A. and Wood, G., 2015. Who is excluded and how? An analysis of community spaces for maternal and child health in Pakistan. Health Research Policy and Systems, 13 (S1), 56.

Wood, G., 2015. Situating informal welfare within imperfect well-being regimes. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 31 (2), pp. 132-150.

Wood, G. and Tiwari, M., 2012. Re-positioning poverty: Mics, measures and methods: Introduction to jid 2011 conference volume. Journal of International Development, 24 (6), pp. 667-672.

Wood, G. and Gough, I., 2006. A Comparative Welfare Regime Approach to Global Social Policy. World Development, 34 (10), pp. 1696-1712.

Wood, G., 2003. Staying secure, staying poor: The "Faustian bargain". World Development, 31 (3), pp. 455-471.

Wood, G. D., 2001. Inaugural lecture desperately seeking security. Journal of International Development, 13 (5), pp. 523-534.


Wood, G., Maitrot, M. R. L. and Devine, J., 2017. Forthcoming. Resilience among the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh. Shiree.

Devine, J., Maitrot, M. and Wood, G., 2015. Joint MFS11 Evaluation: Bangladesh. Narrative Summary. University of Bath.

Devine, J., Maitrot, M. and Wood, G., 2015. Joint MFS11 Evaluation: Bangladesh. Technical Papers. University of Bath.

Wood, G. D., 2013. Architects and contractors: political economy analysis of policy research in Pakistan. Sustainable Development Policy Institute.

Wood, G. D., 2007. Clashing Values in Bangladesh: NGOs, Secularism and the Ummah. Working Paper. Bath: ESRC Research Group on Wellbeing in Developing Countries. (Wellbeing in Developing Countries (WeD) Working Papers; WeD Working Paper 31)

Conference or Workshop Items

Wood, G., 2009. Situating Informal Welfare within Imperfect Wellbeing Regimes. In: Conference on Politics of Non-State Welfare, 2009-05-08 - 2009-05-09.

Wood, G., 2008. The Security of Agency:Analysing Poor People’s Search for Security in Developing Countries. In: Universalising Socio-Economic Security in South Asia, 2008-02-17 - 2008-02-20.

Wood, G., 2007. Social Policy in Unsettled Societies: the case for a Wellbeing Regime Framework. In: Comprehensive Social Policies as a Concept for Development in the Global South (comprising Austrian Development Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NGOs and Vienna University), 2007-11-20.

Wood, G., 2007. The Security of Agency: Analysing Poor People’s Search for Security in Developing Countries. In: The Roles and Relationships of the Human Discourses: human rights, human development, human security, 2007-10-16.

Wood, G. D. and Newton, J., 2005. From Welfare to Well-Being Regimes: Engaging New Agendas. In: New Frontiers in Social Policy, 2005-12-01.

Wood, G. D., 2003. Pedagogy or Policing: the Problem of Transferring Knowledge and Skills. In: 50th Anniversary Conference 'Technical Assistance in the 21st Century' Huntings Development Consultants, 2003-10-01.

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