Dr Mike Goodman
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2525
Department of Geography
King's College London
K7.47 Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS
alternative food production and consumption
ethical and fair trade systems
contemporary consumption and commodity geographies
I am a Senior Lecturer in Geography with current research interests in the cultural politics of 'alternative' foods, environment and development, celebrity politics and the shifting geographies, moralities and politics of consumer cultures. While on research sabbatical this year and into part of the next academic year, I am also now the Deputy Head of Department for Education, Chair of the Undergraduate Board of Studies and Programme Coordinator for the Environment, Politics and Development MA degree. I belong to the Department’s Environment, Politics and Development (EPD) Research Group.
Growing up in 'the land of equi-distant trees' and emerging from behind the Orange Curtain in the deepest, darkest suburbs of Irvine, California, I obtained my undergraduate degree in Social Sciences (Summa Cum Laude) from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 1993. I went on to do an MA in Geography at the University of Oregon and completed my Ph.D in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2005.
I am currently on the editorial boards of International Journal of the Sociology of Agriculture and Food, Geoforum, Geography Compass (Environment and Society section), Capitalism, Nature, Socialism and have taken up a position at Ashgate as the book series editor for 'Critical Food Studies'. With Max Boykoff (Environmental Studies, Univ. of Colorado), Jo Littler (Media and Cultural Studies, Middlesex) and Dan Brockington (Institute for Development Policy and Management, Manchester), I am involved in developing a novel AHRC-funded network of scholars interested in the connections of celebrity, media and the environment known as ‘Spectacular Environmentlisms’. An associated project, called ‘Studying Green’ explores the controversies and politics of the award-winning, wildlife film ‘Green’ by Patrick Roxuel.
Very recently (Feb., 2010), I was nominated for the HE Academy's National Teaching Fellowship Scheme. For the academic year 2007/08, I received the student-nominated 'Excellence in Teaching' award from the SSPP at King's and was nominated for the award again for 2008/09 and 2009/10. Since September, 2007, I have been an Associate of the King's Learning Institute (KLI) to explore and expand on my interest in geographic pedagogy and mentor-based reading and writing 'labs'.
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