The IKD Research Centre is a major contributor to the OU's international development activity
The production and distribution of food and energy are key to any economy. In the UK, transition to a low-carbon economy is envisaged through technology that enhances the commercial use of knowledge in a competitive global market.
However, choosing a solution is not a simple matter of finding the 'best' technologies – tensions may exist between the multiple aims of agri-food, bio-energy and green-tech policies. Our work analyses the selection of research priorities.
This research partnership will identify and strengthen community capacities for an agroecology-based solidarity economy.
This project brings an original arts and humanities perspective to the crucial development challenges of food security, biodiversity, and climate adaptation faced by small and marginal farmers.
Using arts- and humanities-based methodologies to educate young people in Cuba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Jordan, about the effects of climate change on food security and livelihoods.
Could remote online laboratories help in training the skilled local engineers and technicians needed around the world if solar energy is to be exploited to the full?
As the impact of changes in UK government policy increases, a key challenge is to find long-term financial models for projects that are capable of delivering appropriate social and environmental impact.
In the UK policy context, the transition to a low-carbon economy is being envisaged through technological solutions which enhance the commercial use of knowledge in a competitive global market place.
This project aims to investigate the role of different types of finance for supporting the innovative activity of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) operating in the environmental sector.
Over the past decade a number of communities in Scotland, mainly in the Highlands and Islands, have succeeded in overturning centuries of (often absentee) landlordism by taking ownership of their land.
The Open University is an invited partner in a series of projects under this programme. This includes representation on the Steering and Advisory groups and research work in two projects.
The purpose of this project is to gain consumer and user perspectives on the adoption and non-adoption of low- and zero-carbon heat technologies.
The CREPE project brings together civil society organisations (CSOs) and academics to investigate agri-environmental issues. It will empower and resource CSOs to participate in co-operative research.