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Mrs Martha Knight

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Staff Tutor, Development Policy and Practice
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Development
  • martha.knight

Professional biography

I first joined The Open University as an Associate Lecturer teaching social science undergraduate modules before joining the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as a Senior Faculty Manager working in Cambridge and then Nottingham regional offices.  I am now a Staff Tutor in the Development Policy and Practice Department and am based in Milton Keynes.


BA (Middlesex) MSc (London School of Economics and Political Sciences) PGCE (Bedford)

Professional affiliations

I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA

Research interests

My initial research interests centred on literacy as a tool for empowerment for women in developing countries.  This developed further into an understanding of gender relations within NGOs and how these relations manifest themselves in policy and practice.  More recently I have carried out research into gender inequalities within The OU with a focus on the Professorial community.

I have also carried out scholarship with a particular focus on how teachers develop an online identity using OU Live.

Teaching interests

I continue to teach undergraduate social science modules and feel this experience helps to maintain focus on the empowering nature of education.  I am a member of 3 module teams; T877 Development: Context and Practice, T879 Conflict and Development and TD223 International Development.  I am also on a module production team for a new module Environment and Society DD213 which will be online in 2018