Professor Jo Phoenix joined the Open University as Chair in Criminology in August 2016. Jo’s research interests include gender, sexualities and justice, youth justice and punishment, the production of criminological knowledge and research ethics. These general interests have meant that I have studied and written about a wide variety of subjects including managerialism and ethics in the production of criminological knowledge, prostitution, prostitution policy reform, child sexual exploitation, sex and its regulation, youth penality and youth justice practice and policy.
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Dr Jon Pike joined the Open University in 1998, as Staff Tutor and Lecturer in Philosophy in the South East Region. He has written on his major teaching topic: political philosophy, from level one (on Cultural Exemptions) to the MA in Philosophy which he now co-chair with Derek Matravers. Within political philosophy, Jon has written about political obligation, distributive and global justice, and he maintains an interest in both Marx and Aristotle who were the topic of his doctoral dissertation and first book. Jon’s main research interest is in the Philosophy of Sport. Pike is the current Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association.
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Dr Laura McGrath is as a Lecturer in Psychosocial Mental Health in the School of Psychology and Counselling. She joined the Open University in 2019, having previously worked at the University of East London where she was programme leader for Clinical and Community Psychology BSc and co-leader of the Mental Health and Social Change Research Group. Laura’s research interests cluster around the role of context – social, material and political – in experiences of health and wellbeing. This has included work looking at the role of the material environment in experiences of mental distress, the relationship between austerity and mental health, as well as an interest in non-clinical and arts-based interventions. She also has a developing interest in women’s health.
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Becky Devlin has worked as a manager in HE for over 15 years. With a background in biology she has managed curriculum in health sciences, law, finance and business. She has also led a STEM faculty research administration team and a strategic employer engagement programme. Becky is interested in research in areas of policy development and legislation, and their effects on safety and equality in society.
Jessica Evans is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences and Global Studies. Her research rests in systems and psychoanalytic approaches to organisations and culture and more broadly the place of emotions in public life in interaction with private life. Her particular interest is in the organisational dynamics of role, governance and policy – how public organisations pursue unconscious tasks at variance with their explicit and primary tasks as a consequence of their relationship with the social and cultural environment. Her early research was on visual culture, representation and disability. She also has an active interest in assessment pedagogy and the emotional aspects of learning and is a committee member of the Assessment in Higher Education network.
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Holly Lawford-Smith is an Associate Professor in Political Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. She has worked on climate ethics, collective responsibility, and feminism. Her current research is focused on radical and gender critical feminism. She has written on gender critical issues for Aeon, Feminist Current, The Australian, The Age, The Conversation, Areo, Quillette, Crikey, and The Spectator. Her second book, Against Gender: Why We Need Gender Critical Feminism, is coming out with Oxford University Press in January 2022.
Selina Todd is Professor of Modern History at Oxford University and co-Director of the University’s Women’s Equality Research Network. Her research focuses on the history of women, feminism and class struggle in modern Britain.
Her book The People: the rise and fall of the working class 1910-2010 placed women at the centre of working-class history. It was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into several languages. Her most recent funded project examined the importance of sex-disaggregated data in policy making.
For more information visit her website: selinatodd.com.
Dr. Tomas Bogardus is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pepperdine University. His research on gender critically evaluates recent revisionary projects of “conceptual engineering,” as well as common arguments in the literature against biologically based definitions of terms like “woman” and “man.”
For more information visit his website: sites.google.com/site/tbogardus.
Ingeborg Kroese is a 3rd year postgraduate student in the Faculty of WELS. Currently, she is drafting her thesis which is due to be submitted in October 2021. Her research focusses on the role of sex/ gender in corporate employee training.