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The Open University's Centre for Geographical and Environmental Research

Research themes

Research themes are interdisciplinary, activity based groupings designed to foster a cooperative approach to geographical research. They aim to involve geographers, other disciplines and non-academics in co-building leading, socially relevant and theoretically robust knowledge.

If you are interested in finding out more about these activities or in participating in the themes please email the contact person. Future workshops and seminars are listed on the events page.

This theme looks at questions of environmental policy and justice, focusing on a variety of contemporary challenges including climate change, ecological resilience, resource politics, environmental justice, biosecurity, the politics of slow food and sustainable consumption, and the cultural polit

This research theme works to understand the changing spaces and spatialities of social life and cultural practice.

Research in this theme investigates how power relationships can be experienced and observed through a spatial analysis.