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OpenSpace Research Centre

The Open University's Centre for Geographical and Environmental Research

Events

The collaborative style of working at the OU has been incorporated into a practical expertise at hosting and running a wide range of working groups, workshops, all of which have produced research outputs.

Planetary Placemaking in the Anthropocene: The Past, Present and Future of People on Earth

26 June 2018, 11:15 - 12:15

Human activity is seen as a major transformative force on Earth. The concept of the Anthropocene has encapsulated the magnitude of this force. The transgression of ‘planetary boundaries’ by humans and its impact on terrestrial landscapes has emerged as a global concern. Here I apply the concept of “placemaking” from geographical and urban studies to landscapes transformed by human activity over millennia.

Culture and Climate Change: Seminar

28 June 2018, 15:00 - 17:00

Climate change is urgent and important, but also, for many, boring, difficult and confusing. What kinds of stories, artworks and other interventions are being created in response to ‘the greatest challenge facing humanity’ — a challenge that is also apparently forgettable?

Time to Think: Stories of Education and Conflict Transformation from Northern Ireland Prisons (1972-2000)

17 July 2018, 14:00 - 16:00

Philip O'Sullivan will talk about this unique research and engagement oral history resource.

Past events

Advancing the Conversation on Gender: What’s Next for Women in the Tech Industry?

19 June 2018, 18:30 - 21:00

We would like to extend to you an invitation to the Spark Salon event by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which takes place on Tuesday 19th June 2018 at TCS’s office at Northcliffe House, High Street Kensington, London. TCS Spark Salon – Advancing the Conversation on Gender: What’s Next for Women in the Tech Industry?

Be part of the audience of BBC Radio 4's 'Thinking allowed' with the Smart Cities project team

14 June 2018, 09:15

We’re really pleased to let you know that members of the Smart Cities in the Making research team have been invited to participate on the BBC Radio 4 programme, Thinking Allowed. Gillian Rose, Sophie Watson and Oliver Zanetti will be talking about different aspects of their research into smart cities and the role social difference plays in the way these cities work. This will be recorded at the Open University’s Berrill Lecture Theatre at 9.15 am on Thursday 14 June. We’d be delighted if you could come along to this recording.

The final stretch: OpenSpace and International Development SRA postgraduate researchers in their final year

Postgraduate researchers in their final year
12 June 2018, 13:00 - 16:00

Our PhD students are doing exciting and varied research on a range of topics in Geography and International Development. Join us for this seminar to hear the students talk about their exciting work, and what they are contributing to the field.

Culture and Climate Change: Free Exhibition in London

12 June 2018, 10:00 - 28 June 2018, 17:00

Climate change is urgent and important, but also, for many, boring, difficult and confusing. What kinds of stories, artworks and other interventions are being created in response to ‘the greatest challenge facing humanity’ — a challenge that is also apparently forgettable?

David Humphreys leads seminar discussion on “Responding to planetary change: Pachamama and geoengineering” at the Plymouth International Studies Centre

16 May 2018, 08:00

David Humphreys led a  seminar discussion on “Responding to planetary change: Pachamama and geoengineering” at the Plymouth International Studies Centre, University of Plymouth.