Portrait of Dr Pete Woodcock Dr Pete Woodcock

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p.s.woodcock@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473962


Pete joined the department in 2005, having previously studied at the London School of Economics and the University of Southampton, where he was awarded his Ph.D. on the political thought of the Levellers. He is currently studying for an MBA in higher education management at the University of London, and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  When not at work, he enjoys most sports (but especially rugby, cricket and football), literature, fashion and watching the TV.  He regularly goes to the gym, although you could not tell this by looking at him.

Teaching & Academic Responsibilities:

Pete is the Course Leader of all politics undergraduate courses, and represents the University teaching staff on both the University Senate and the Council.

Pete is module leader of undergraduate courses on the History of Political Thought, Political Philosophy, Government and Politics of the EU and Human Rights. He also teaches on the Elected Members course.

Research and Scholarship

University research group memberships

Pete is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences.

Research interests

Pete researches on political philosophy in general and English seventeenth century political thought in particular. Pete is also currently researching into the political philosophy of the Simpsons, and is interested in republican political thought. He is also active in pedagogical issues in teaching, and has been developing a number of video podcast lectures for his history of political thought module.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Woodcock, P (2017) ‘The Oratory of Richard Nixon’. In: Republican Orators from Eisenhower to Trump. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. pp. 67-86. ISBN 9783319685441

Woodcock, P (2017) ‘Towards dialogue: audio feedback on politics essaysEuropean Political Science . ISSN 1680-4333


Woodcock, P (2015) ‘Cornwall and Yorkshire show regional identities run deep in England, tooThe Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032

Woodcock, P (2015) ‘The digital debating chamber is vital to our democracyYorkshire Post . ISSN 0963-1496

Woodcock, P (2015) ‘Book Review: West, D. M. (2014). Going Mobile: How Wireless Technology is Reshaping Our Lives. United States: Brookings InstitutionPolitical Studies Review , 14 (3), pp. 462-463. ISSN 1478-9299

Woodcock, P (2015) ‘Representations of Cornishness in the novels of Daphne du MaurierCornish Studies . ISSN 1352-271X


Woodcock, P (2014) ‘Is Yorkshire a nation in its own right?Yorkshire Post . ISSN 0963-1496


Woodcock, P (2012) ‘Bravery, technological literacy and political philosophy: replacing oral presentations with student­-created video presentationsEnhancing Learning in the Social Sciences ELiSS , 422 (2). ISSN 1756-848X


Chipperfield, S. and Woodcock, P. (2011) ‘‘I would have switched off if it was just government legislation’ The Simpsons and the Teaching of Public Health PolicyInternational Journal of Health Promotion and Education , 49 (4), pp. 151-155. ISSN 1463-5240


Robinson, D., Fisher, P., Yeadon-Lee, T., Robinson, S. and Woodcock, P. (2010) Narrative, memory and ordinary lives . Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. ISBN 978-1-86218-090-1

Woodcock, P. and Duckworth, G. (2010) ‘iPod therefore I am: Using PC Videos to Aid the Teaching of the History of Political PhilosophyEuropean Political Science , 9 (1), pp. 25-33. ISSN 1680-4333

Le Roy, E. and Woodcock, P. (2010) Informal Education and Human Rights . CiCe Professional Guidelines. London, UK: CiCe Thematic Network Project. ISBN 978 09562789 99


Chipperfield, S. and Woodcock, P. (2009) ‘“I would have switched off if it was just government legislation.” The Simpsons and the Teaching of Public Health Policy’. In: International Association of Health Policy in Europe Conference 2009: Condition Critical - Health care, Marketising Reforms and the Media, 17th - 19 June 2009, Coventry, UK

Woodcock, P (2009) ‘Designing video and audio resources on the history of political thoughtEnhancing Learning in the Social Sciences , 1 (3). ISSN 1756-848X

Robinson, D., Fisher, P., Yeadon-Lee, T., Robinson, S. and Woodcock, P. (2009) Narrative, memories and identities . Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield.

Robinson, D., Fisher, P., Yeadon-Lee, T., Robinson, S. and Woodcock, P. (2009) ‘Preface - Narrative, memories and identities’. In: Narrative, Memory and Identities. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. .


Gifford, C. and Woodcock, P. (2008) ‘It's the state stupid! Utopian realism in a global age: Book ReviewJournal of Power , 1 (3), pp. 407-413. ISSN 1754-0291

Woodcock, P (2008) ‘Gender, Politicians and Public Health: Using The Simpsons to Teach PoliticsEuropean Political Science , 7 (2), pp. 153-164. ISSN 1680-4333

Robinson, D., Gilzean, N., Fisher, P., Lee, T., Robinson, S. and Woodcock, P. (2008) Narratives and fiction: an interdisciplinary approach . Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield.

Woodcock, P (2008) ‘The Depiction of Politicians in The Simpsons’. In: Narrative and Fiction: an Interdisciplinary Approach. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 91-99.


Woodcock, P (2006) ‘The Polis of Springfield: The Simpsons and the Teaching of Political TheoryPolitics , 26 (3), p. 192. ISSN 0263-3957

Research Degree Supervision

  • Seventeenth Century political thought; in particular radical ideas (such as the Levellers and Diggers) and the canonical texts of the century (Hobbes's Leviathan and the works of John Locke).
  • Trends in the history of political thought; in particular concepts such as liberty, democracy, the state and morality.
  • Current ethical and political issues; such as medical ethics, punishment and notions of personal liberty vs state intervention.
  • Educational issues in HE; in particular the use of informal educative means in the study of politics, and teaching technologies.

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Pete Woodcock


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