OECD Local Development Forum: Better strategies for stronger communities


John Wooding

University of Massachusetts Lowell, United States

Emeritus Professor


John Wooding is emeritus professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell [UML]. He taught at the university for thirty years and was the former chair and co-founder of the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development. He served as Provost at UML from 2003 until 2007. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Brandeis University. He has written and published extensively on the politics of environmental and occupational health and on urban and community development. His last book was a biography of the American pacifist, Richard Bartlett Gregg. He has taught courses on peace and conflict, international relations, European politics, environmental politics, international health, work environment policy, and international political economy. He has advised masters’ students in regional economic and social development, the peace and conflict program and the doctoral programs in work environment and global studies He has served for several years as a board member of the Greeley Peace Fellowship. He works extensively with local community organizations and was Chair of the Cultural Organization of Lowell. He is currently President of Mill City Grows and Lowell City of Learning.

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