Department of Geography


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Dr Tara Woodyer

  • Qualifications: BSc Geography, MA Cultural Geography (Research), Ph.D in Human Geography, Postgraduate Certificate in Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
  • Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2510
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science



  • Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Portsmouth, UK (2013-to date)
  • Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Portsmouth, UK (2012-2013)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter, UK (2011-2012)
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for Children and Childhood Studies, Rutgers University, USA (2011)
  • Teaching Fellow, University of Exeter, UK (2009-2011)
  • Teaching Assistant, Royal Holloway, UK (2006-2009)
  • Special Educational Needs, Bishop David Brown School, UK (2004-2005)

External awards:

  • ESRC Standard Grant, Principal Investigator (£494,053: 2013-2016)
  • ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (£87,000: 2011-2012)
  • ESRC PhD Studentship, awarded through Interdisciplinary Open Competition (2005-2008)

External Positons:

  • Honorary Research Fellow, University of Exeter, UK 
  • External Examiner, BSc Geography and BSc Global Development and Sustainability programmes, Bath Spa University, UK
  • External Examiner, MA Professional Studies in Children’s Play and BA Playwork Programmes, University of Gloucestershire, UK
  • Royal Geographical Society’s Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group Workshop Officer
  • Royal Geographical Society’s Social and Cultural Geography Research Group committee
  • ESRC Peer Review College
  • Fellow of the Association of American Geographers
  • Hampshire Geographical Association advisory board

Teaching Responsibilities

I deliver social and cultural geography components of the undergraduate teaching in the department. I am the co-ordinator of two human geography units:

  • Society and Place
  • Geographies of Children and Young People

I also contribute to the following co-taught units:

  • Geographies of Wellbeing, Work and Place
  • Residential Field Class (Berlin)
  • Research Design and Practice
  • Independent study 
  • Academic Communication Skills

I act as external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes spanning Geography, Global Development and Sustainability, and Playwork.

I have contributed to the core text book series for the Open University’s undergraduate level Childhood module.


Areas of interest:

  • Relations between materialities, bodies and space in play
  • Contemporary cultures of childhood 
  • Intersection of childhood, play and the geopolitical 
  • Historical and contemporary toy cultures
  • Re-imagining academic modes of critique
  • Ethnographic and video-based methods
  • (Post)digital ways of playing and working

I currently supervise five postgraduate students in the areas of social and cultural geography, social care and education, including intergenerational care, family transitions, sport and gender, outdoor activity and risk, and creative working.



Research profile

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