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  • How regional social policy can support the 2030 SDGs

    5 March 2018

    In an issue brief produced for the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) Nicola Yeates, Professor of Social Policy, outlines the ways in which regional social policy could be further leveraged to support the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Despatches from Bond 2018

    4 March 2018

    Martha Knight, OU Staff Tutor in International Development, gives us the lowdown on the fascinating and important insights and experiences shared at the Bond Conference 2018.

  • OU to host DSA Annual Conference 2019

    27 February 2018

    The Open University has been confirmed to host the Development Studies Association’s (DSA) conference in 2019, which will take place in mid-June.

    The conference will focus on ‘Opening up Development’, while also encompassing the broad range of development studies interests.

  • Working on an award-winning teacher education programme in India

    1 February 2018

    As our #openinsights campaign draws to a close, we take a look back at the fascinating insights we gained from our academics and partners working to enhance teacher education in India.

  • Making 2018 the 'Year of Mygration'

    18 January 2018

    The issues of migration are vital to understanding not just current UK politics but also the world’s economies and communities. Every day in 2018 we'll share a reflection on the theme of migration, showcasing the work of our academics and partners.

  • Organisations should engage marginalised communities in policy development

    19 December 2017

    A new policy briefing paper focused on improving the participation of marginalised communities in research, social policy development and implementation was launched at the House of Commons earlier this month.

  • Applications invited for funded PhD studentship opportunity in partnership with Christian Aid

    4 December 2017

    A new funded PhD studentship is being offered by The Open University and Christian Aid (Centre for Excellence in Research, Evidence and Learning), as part of the ESRC-funded Grand Union Doctoral Training Programme. The studentship will focus on 'Critical perspectives on building research capacity in the global south' and can be full-time (fully-funded) or part-time (50% funded). More information, including where to find details about eligibility and how to apply, can be found below.

  • Research highlights risks of English-only teaching and learning

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    28 November 2017

    New research in Ghana and India highlights how children's learning can be damaged when pupils are taught in an unfamiliar language.

  • Who are ‘we’ in a moving world? A focus on citizenship today

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    27 November 2017

    Look in today’s media, and you would be hard-pushed to miss stories touching on borders, citizenship and migration. In a world where increased polarisation is leading to the rise of xenophobia and solidarity activism (think the impact of the EU Referendum and the independence vote in Catalonia, as just two examples), increasingly we need to find a space to ask who we are and how we know who we are.

  • Applications invited for new fully-funded PhD opportunities

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    16 November 2017

    The Open University is recruiting for fully-funded part-time and full-time PhD opportunities in the social sciences, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).