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The latest significant step in the UK’s development agenda

22 June 2020

Economists Professor Susan Newman and Dr Sara Stevano analyse the merger of DFID and the FCO.


Workers tending land in Uganda, by Gregoire Dubois

Can migrants and refugees be regional residents in the Great Lakes region?

17 June 2020

Lisa Damon discusses the lived histories of Barundi who have made Uganda their home over generations.

‘Clashes in Burundi’, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic is licensed under creative commons (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Protests in Burundi are about more than asserting political pressure

12 June 2020

As part of the OU-funded Idjwi Series, Jean-Paul Nizigiyimana explores the various overlapping motivations of protesters who have claimed the streets of Burundi’s capital over the last 30 years.

UNHCR refugee hut. Photo MONUSCO / Abel Kavanagh. Lusenda refugee camp, South Kivu Province, Burundi

What Burundi teaches us about political crisis and displacement

3 June 2020

Based on research insights shared at the Burundi Research Network Conference in Nairobi in July 2019, Andrea Purdeková invites us to reverse the mainstream relationship between empirics and theory.

COVID-19 and what the digital divide means for people’s livelihoods in Kenya

17 April 2020

Measures to control the current pandemic impact more heavily on everyone whose access to internet and digital technologies is limited. But in some countries, the impact can be particularly devastating, says Anna Colom. 

Female market stall holder in Nairobi, Kenya

Interdisciplinary research routes on gender and social policy

7 February 2020

This blog by Dr Lorena Lombardozzi, Lecturer in Economics, outlines an event held by the Open University's Gender and Social Policy research group: 'Building the OU gender - social policy network, global governance and policy impact'

World Access to Higher Education Day - The power of education

26 November 2019

"The precious ‘real world’ insights that academics try to decipher in silent velvety libraries, are what many OU students experience in their lives". Dr Lorena Lombardozzi highlights the power of education.


The Golden Ticket

15 November 2019

What might a visit to the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, the Museum of Modern Art, a UN diplomat, Saint Peter’s Cathedral, Geneva, and the World Conference on Online Learning have to do with interdisciplinarity?

Mount Everest, photo taken by Kirsteen

Running at the Top of the World

13 November 2019

Open University PhD student, Kirsteen Merrilees, has just completed the Everest Marathon! Before she set off, she wrote us a blog outlining her preparations.

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Building a BRI Network at The Open University

5 November 2019

Dr Lorena Lombardozzi reflects on an Open University workshop exploring China's Belt and Road Initiative and laying the foundations for a new research network. 


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