Mr David Woodger

With thirty years’ experience in community development, David works with young people on issues of race and adoption.

Staff details

Mr David Woodger


Programme Convenor BA Community Studies


Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies


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David has been active in community development and working with young people for 30 years and continues to work in the field.

He has written and published on race and adoption, institutional racism and group work.

He has undertaken work on numerous school issues including exclusions, truancy, sex and relationship education, learning and teaching and introducing group work approaches to teaching. David teaches organisation and management, race, identity and institutional racism, international development and a range of social policy areas and community and youth work. He is also one of the course group workers.

Academic qualifications

BA (Hons) Social Science and Qualification in Social Work and Msc International Development (SOAS)


Race and racism/organisation development/international development/group work/youth and crime/education.

Presentations and exhibitions

Recent presentation to group-work conference and faith and community cohesion conference summer 2010.

Papers presented

Group-work paper and Cohesion project paper

Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Woodger, David; Thompson, Naomi and Anastasio, Jean. 2019. “Learning does not reside in a place called comfortable”: Exploring identity and social justice through experiential group work. In: Mike Seal, ed. Teaching Youth Work in Higher Education: Tensions, Connections, Continuities and Contradictions. Tartu, Estonia: University of Tartu/Newman University/Humak University of Applied Sciences/Estonian Association of Youth Workers, pp. 152-159. ISBN 9789985411612

Kirton, Derek and Woodger, David. 1999. Experiences of transracial adoption. In: , ed. Assessment, Training and Preparation: implications from research. British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering: British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering, pp. 69-76. ISBN 1873868693


Thompson, Naomi and Woodger, David. 2020. “I hope the river floods”: online hate speech towards Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. British Journal of Community Justice, 16(1), pp. 41-63. ISSN 1475-0279

Thompson, Naomi and Woodger, David. 2020. Young people need youth clubs. A needs analysis in a London borough. Youth and Policy, ISSN 2057-4266

Frizell, Caroline and Woodger, David. 2019. Removing the threat of exclusion in schools: creating inclusive educational environments. Youth and Policy, pp. 1-8. ISSN 0262-9798

Conference or Workshop Item

Woodger, David. 2006. 'Published Paper presentation on ‘transforming institutional racism’'. In: European conference on diversity. Belgium.


Woodger, David; Thompson, Naomi and Law, Natalie. 2024. Race and Social Media research project - interim findings report. Project Report. Meta.

Woodger, David. 2023. Report for Sussex University Race Equality Charter 2023. Other. University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton.

Paquete Pereira, Lara; Ferns, Colette and Woodger, David. 2023. Evaluation Report of the Project: “It Takes a Village”. Black Caribbean Boys of Excellence. Project Report. Goldsmiths, University of London, London.

Research Interests

Institutional racism/race and racism/ school and professional responses to vulnerable young people / group work impact and effectiveness in personal and social development/ faith islamaphobia and community cohesion.