The Bisexuality Report, led by Meg Barker (Senior Lecturer in Psychology, OU), Rebecca Jones (Lecturer, Health & Social Care, OU), Christina Richards, Helen Bowes-Catton & Tracey Plowman (of BiUK) is the first of its kind in the UK.
This project was jointly supported by the Department of Geography and CCIG at The Open University. This Research Synthesis funded by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement and the Economic and Social Research Council, involves investigating the uses of market segmentation technologies and other segmentation practices for the purposes of public engagement.
In 2006 Kirstie Ball and five colleagues from the UK and Canada successfully tendered to write a report on the Surveillance Society for the UK Government’s Information Commissioners Office (ICO). The completed report was presented at the 2006 ICO Annual Conference in London which was attended by data protection and privacy regulators from around the world.
Janet Newman's long standing engagement with policy and public service recently led to her joining The New Synthesis project. Initiated by the former head of the civil service in Canada this draws together policymakers, practitioners and some academics across Canada, Brazil, Singapore, the Netherlands, Austrailia and the UK.
The ENACT (Enacting European Citizenship) project highlights ways in which the scope, content and perception of European citizenship is shaped by the complex ways in which citizenship is enacted, within, across and beyond member states.
Kath Woodward's research looks at the contradictions of the Olympic movement. At one level this movement is democratic and inclusive, yet the history of the games is marked by elitism and corruption. Kath has drawn on this research when contributing to the British Library Summer Games Website.
Meg Barker's research on the bisexual community, particularly in the UK has led to Meg setting up, with colleagues from inside and outside the OU, the biennial BiReCon event. BiReCon stands for both Bisexual Research Conference and also Bisexuality Reconnaissance.
Nick Mahony's research investigates contemporary popular democratic cultures as they are emerging across and in-between governmental, social movement, arts, popular media and industrial domains. The Experimental Democracy Console is a repository of popular democratic experiments.
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