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Dr Eric Hoddy



Eric has a background in development and human rights, with an emphasis on small-scale fishing and farming. He has research interests in climate and development; human rights and social movements; human rights leadership; and transitional and transformative justice. His most recent research focuses on climate adaptation and legal consciousness in urban informal settlements, and transformative justice in transitional and post-conflict settings.

Eric has held research positions with Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (Sweden), the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at The University of Sheffield (UK), and the WorldFish research centre (Malaysia). He is currently a Research Fellow on the Earth System Governance Project (Utrecht University) and a member of its Taskforce on Planetary Justice.



My current research includes a joint interdisciplinary project between Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies and the University of York (Stockholm Environment Institute and York Law School), From everyday forms of resistance to transformational climate change adaptation of the urban poor’, funded by the Vetenskapsrådent VR (Sweden). The research, which is being undertaken in Maputo, Mozambique, investigates relationships between everyday risk perceptions, everyday resilience and everyday legal cultures, and their influence on the potential for transformational change.


Selected publications


Gutiérrez J., Hoddy, E., McGill, D. eds. (forthcoming, 2022). Justicia transformativa y conflicto agrario. Elementos para un debate necesario [Transformative justice and agrarian conflict: Elements for a necessary debate]. Santo Tomás University: Medellín, Colombia.

Peer-reviewed papers and chapters

Hoddy, E., 2022. What role for social science research in transformative justice? In Beyond Transitional Justice (pp. 75-86). Routledge.

Hoddy, E., 2021. Transformative Justice in Practice: Reflections on the Pastoral Land Commission during Brazil’s Political Transition. Journal of Human Rights Practice, 13(2), pp.339-356.

Hoddy, E., 2021. Peasants' rights and agrarian violence in transitional settings: From transitional justice to transformative agrarian justice. Journal of Human Rights, 20(1), pp.91-109.

Ensor, J. and Hoddy, E., 2021. Securing the social foundation: A rights-based approach to planetary boundaries. Earth System Governance, 7.

Hoddy, E. and Gready, P., 2020. From agency to root causes: addressing structural Barriers to transformative justice in transitional and post-conflict settings. Contemporary Social Science, 15(5), pp.561-576.

Hoddy, E. And Gready, P., 2020. Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding. The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies, pp.1-12.

Hoddy, E., 2019. Critical realism in empirical research: employing techniques from grounded theory methodology. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 22(1), pp.111-124.

Ensor, J.E., Abernethy, K.E., Hoddy, E., Aswani, S., Albert, S., Vaccaro, I., Benedict, J.J. and Beare, D.J., 2018. Variation in perception of environmental change in nine Solomon Islands communities: implications for securing fairness in community-based adaptation. Regional Environmental Change, 18(4), pp.1131-1143.

Hoddy, E. and Ensor, J.E., 2018. Brazil's landless movement and rights' from below'. Journal of Rural Studies, 63, pp.74-82.

Graham, E., Gready, P., Hoddy, E., Pennington, R., Oomen, B. and Grigolo, M., 2016. Human rights practice and the city: a case study of York (UK). In Global Urban Justice: the Rise of Human Rights Cities. Cambridge.

Ensor, J.E., Park, S.E., Hoddy, E. and Ratner, B.D., 2015. A rights-based perspective on adaptive capacity. Global Environmental Change, 31, pp.38-49.



  • An Introduction to War and Peace


  • Aftermaths of Conflict


Contact details

Dr Eric Hoddy
Department of Politics and International Relations
University of York
YO10 5DD 

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