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OpenSpace Research Centre

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 group draws together members of OpenSpace who have interests in global processes of environmental, cultural and political change.

Work in this theme looks at questions of environmental policy and justice, focusing on a variety of contemporary challenges, including climate change, ecological resilience and biosecurity.

The focus of research in this theme is on understanding 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.