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Dr Andy Morris

Profile summary

  • Regional Academic Staff
  • Staff Tutor (Oxford)
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Geography
  • andy.morris

Professional biography

I originally came to The Open University to undertake my PhD in 1998 having completed an undergraduate degree in Cultural Geography. Completion of my PhD was followed by a two year Post-Doctoral research fellowship within the Department of Geography from 2002-2004. In 2008 I began working within The Open University in the South regional office in Oxford, first as a Social Sciences Faculty Co-ordinator and then as a Staff Tutor and Lecturer in Geography.

I have maintained my role as an Associate Lecturer since 2000, teaching both undergraduate and post-graduate modules.


BA (Greenwich), PhD (Open)

Professional affiliations

I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers.


Research interests

My research interests have broadly focused on the relationship between visual culture, place and identity. My early research interests were based around the geographies of national identity and multiculturalism with a particular focus on visual culture and the spaces of the gallery. These interests were further developed into a related but more specific engagement with the geographies of the Atlantic world and the constitution of abstract expressionism as an 'Atlantic art'. This work has been informed by theoretical engagements with critical histories of the Atlantic world and the constitution of this world through temporal-spatial networks of cultural circulation. My current interest is in critical understandings of nature and culture and how they inform the relationship between 'the environment', identity and place.

Other publications

Morris, A (2005) The Cultural Geographies of Abstract Expressionism: Painters, Critics, Dealers and the Production of an Atlantic Art, Social and Cultural Geography vol.6 (3), pp. 421-437.

Morris and Tolia-Kelly (2004) Disruptive Aesthetics? Revisiting the burden of representation in the art of Chris Ofili and Yinka Shonibare, Third Text vol. 18 (67), pp. 153-167.

Morris, A (2003) Redrawing the Boundaries: Questioning the Geographies of Britishness at Tate Britain’ Museum and Society vol. 1 (3), pp. 170-182.

Teaching interests

I am currently Co-chair of the Level 1 undergraduate course: Investigating the Social World. (DD103)

I was previously Chair of the Level 2 environment course: Environment: change, contest and response (U216) and I was also a module team member of the Level 1 Social Sciences course: Introducing the social sciences (DD101/DD131/DD132) and the Level 1 environment course, Environment: journeys through a changing world(U116).

I have previously worked as a consultant on the Level 3 Sociology course Making social worlds (DD308) and the earlier Level 1 course, An Introduction to the Social Sciences: Understanding Social Change (DD100/DD121/DD122).

Teaching publications

Drake. D, Morris. A, Shipman. A and Wheeler. K (eds) (2015) Investigating the Social World 2 Milton Keynes, The Open University, 306 pp, ISBN 978-1-7800-7956-1.

Morris, A and Shipman, A (2015) ‘Introducing rights and common resources’ in D. Drake, A. Morris, A. Shipman and K. Wheeler (eds) (2015) Investigating the Social World 2 Milton Keynes, The Open University, pp. 5-27, ISBN 978-1-7800-7956-1.

Buthcer, M and Morris, A (2015) ‘Mapping Home’ in K. Murji (ed) (2015) Investigating the Social World 1 Milton Keynes, The Open University, pp. 111-146, ISBN 978-1-7800-7955-4.