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Internet Infidelity

A blogosphere globe of keyboard keys

The increasingly ubiquitous use of the internet and social media is having a transformative effect on how we are ‘do’ relationships which is creating new opportunities and new challenges. One such challenge is how couples negotiate and manage couple boundaries around these technologies. This work stream with Dr. Andreas Vossler (Psychology, Open University) and Dr Naomi Moller (Psychology, Open University) builds on prior published research on infidelity and couple counselling with infidelity.

Mapping Refugee Media Journeys

Map sent via Whatsapp by refugee interviewed in Paris

The "Mapping Refugee Media Journeys" project investigates the parallel tracks of the physical and digital journeys of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. It documents the media and informational resources that refugees use from the point of departure, during their journeys across different borders and states, and upon arrival (if they reach their desired destination).

PASAR - Participation Arts and Social Action in Research

Circle of people taking part in activities

The PASAR project creates a model for bringing together practitioners and marginalized groups to engage with each other through creative methods. It addresses the UK social science community's need to gain a better understanding of how participatory action research approaches engage marginalised groups in research as co-producers of knowledge. It combines walking methods and participatory theatre to create a space for exploring, sharing and documenting processes of belonging and place-making that are crucial to understanding and enacting citizenship.

Post-Brexit Politics: A Social Psychological Interrogation of Community and Citizenship

EU flag with 1 star removed

On 23 June 2016, the British public voted in a much discussed and heavily pollicised referendum to leave the European Union. The pre-referendum debates and the heated discussions following the vote show that the referendum rekindled older socio-political cleavages but it also created new divisions.

Neurodiverse Childhoods

Brain traced by neon tubes

Investigators: Lindsay O’Dell (Lecturer, OU Faculty of Health & Social Care) with Charlotte Brownlow, (University of Western Queensland, Australia) and Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, (Umea University, Sweden)

Enduring Love? Couple relationships in the 21st century

Investigators: Jacqui Gabb (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Janet Fink (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciencces), Jane McCarthy (Reader, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Martina Klett-Davies (Research Associate, OU Faculty of Social Sciences)

Placing Ourselves - investigating categories of belonging and integration

Placing Ourselves

Despite decades of policy-research dialogue integration within the context of migration-mobility remains a contested concept. This project aims to challenge existing binaries in migration, multiculturalism and integration research by conducting research into the dialogical relations between place and practices of belonging and integration.

Family Troubles?

Child on Swing

How far are difficult or painful events a general feature of family lives, how do troubled families normalise their lives, and when do ‘changes’ and ‘troubles’ become ‘harm’? And how do ‘family’ discourses and practices re/create such divisions and perspectives?

New Frontiers of Family

Abstract image of a family

This seminar series running between March and June in 2016 has been funded by the British Psychological Society. The series has been organised by: he series is currently being organised by: Dr Naomi Moller, Open University, Dr Victoria Clarke and Dr. Nikki Hayfield of the University of the West of England, Bristol, and Dr Fiona Tasker, Birkbeck, University of London

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