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OpenSpace Research Centre

The Open University's Centre for Geographical and Environmental Research

Current research projects

Current, externally funded, peer reviewed projects include:

May 2017 - April 2018

Through a multidisciplinary, comparative analysis across two countries, and of the experiences of migrants, two significant but separate fields of academic research will be brought together in GSM-IT:

January 2017 - January 2019

Smart Cities in the Making: Learning from Milton Keynes

January 2017 - June 2018

The Migration for Inclusive African Growth (MIAG) network recognises the role of migrants and the need for integration by bringing together researchers from multiple academic disciplines and non-academic stakeholders from public, private, and third sectors in Ghana, Kenya, Mozamb

October 2016 - March 2019

International Distance Education (IDE) can provide a vehicle for achieving sustainable development, particularly equitable access to quality education for all that addresses the skills requirements of the labour market.

February 2016 - February 2018

Gender, Skilled Migration and IT: a comparative study of India and the UK

November 2014 - November 2017

The Floodplain Meadows Partnership, led by Prof. David Gowing, has been awarded grants by the Eranda Foundation, the Daphne Jackson Foundation and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Completed research projects

March 2014 - February 2017

Dr Joe Smith has been awarded a £1.47M large grant on the project titled Stories of Change: Exploring energy and community in the past, present and future related to the AHRC's Connected Communitie

January 2014 - January 2017

The training will be delivered in three short modules, and will provide opportunities for participants to share their research and explore case studies from contemporary social science research in small groups, facilitated by experienced

October 2013 - October 2016

Dr Joe Smith (PI), Dr George Revill and Dr Zdenek Zdrahal (Co-Is), and Dr Kim Hammond (RA) have been awarded a £460,000 AHRC grant for the project: 'Earth in Vision: BBC coverage of environmental change 1960-2010' which explores environmental change through the BBC archives.

September 2013 - September 2016

Dr Melissa Butcher and European partners Prof. Christiane Brosius (University of Heidelberg) and Prof. Jeroen De Kloet (University of Amsterdam) have been awarded a €970,000 HERA grant for their project exploring the gendered geographies of Delhi and Shanghai.

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