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OpenSpace Research Centre

The Open University's Centre for Geographical and Environmental Research


The OpenSpace Research Centre seeks to disseminate and promote the work of its members and visitors to audiences within and beyond academia. Please explore our podcast library to learn more about our research and debates.

At the Postgraduate Research Methods Day School on 15 May 2015, OpenSpace and CCIG members talked about a diverse selection of 'great thinkers' whose work now plays significant role in their research and teaching in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University. The seminar's discussions show how key thinkers' work provides OU researchers with the intellectual tools with which to think through, against and beyond what they think they already know.

Click here to hear the podcasts about how OU academics think about the work of the following Great Thinkers:

  • Roy Bhaskar: Jason Toynbee (Sociology)
  • Erving Goffman: Jacqueline Baxter (Social Policy and Criminology)
  • Pierre Bourdieu: Elizabeth Silva (Sociology)
  • Simone de Beauvoir: Meg Barker (Psychology)
  • Cynthia Enloe: Jef Huysmans (Politics/International Studies)
  • Karen Barad: George Revill (Geography)
  • Bruno Latour: Nick Bingham (Geography)

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