Mr. David Woodger

Staff details

Position Programme Convenor BA Community Studies
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Mr. David Woodger

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

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.

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

Woodger, David and Westman, Susan. 2018. Student empowerment in the teaching of race equality in Higher Education. Youth & Policy, ISSN 0262-9798

Woodger, David. 2015. Large Group Work: Identity Development and Its Significance for Achieving Race Equality. Group Analysis, 48(1), pp. 74-89. ISSN 0533-3164

Woodger, David and Anastacio, Jean. 2013. Groupwork Training for Social Justice. Groupwork, 23(2), pp. 56-77. ISSN 0951-824X

Woodger, David. 2010. Institutional racism in healthcare services: using mainstream methods to develop a practical approach. Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, 3(4), pp. 36-44. ISSN 1757-0980

Woodger, David. 2006. Race and Adoption Article. Anthology of trans-racial writings,

Woodger, David and Cowan, Jim. 2006. Achieving Equality of Service Response: an Action Research Approach to Tackling Institutional Racism. Research Policy and Planning, 24(2), pp. 73-90. ISSN 0264-519X

Conference or Workshop Item

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


Frizell, Caroline and Woodger, David. 2019. A Journey of Change: From Social Isolation to Inclusion. Project Report. Goldsmiths, University of London.

Thompson, Naomi and Woodger, David. 2018. “I hope the river floods” Everyday hatred against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. Other. GATE Herdfordshire.

Woodger, David. 2011. Evaluation Report of Interventions in a Pupil Referral Unit and a Mainstream school in North East Essex. Other.

Woodger, David. 2006. Home Office Commissioned Report on National Community Engagement Strategy in Criminal Justice Initiatives. Other.

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