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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.

Photo of Professor Xiangming Chen presenting at workshop

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. 


Why no change? Sustainable development, extractivism and the environment in Bolivia

10 June 2019

Today's blog is by Dr Jessica Hope, Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow at the University of Bristol & Chair of the Developing Areas Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society.

Opening up Development: including the elder refugee group in debates and policies

6 June 2019

In this blog, Dr Sameen Zafar reminds us of the need to include overlooked elder refugee groups in development debates and policies

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Innovation for Development in a new societal era

6 June 2019

Innogen's Professor Theo Papaioannou reflects on the International Development Summer Course.

Photograph of a large banking building in Amsterdam

Financialization: in search of some much-needed coherence in its operationalization and in future empirical research

3 June 2019

This blog, written by Pauline Gleadle, Visiting Professor at The Open University, reflects on a recent workshop she led

Launch of the Gender and Social Policy Network at the OU

28 May 2019

Dr Lorena Lombardozzi highlights the launch of a new OU Research Theme: Gender and Social Policy

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Radical Thinking Key to Achieving SDGs

26 April 2019

In the lead up to #DSA2019, Matt Foster, Director of the OU's International Development Office, calls for a fresh approach towards the SDGs in order to secure 'real change'

DSA promotional image

Decolonising health systems research and policy: What can it mean? How can it be done?

3 April 2019

As we prepare for #DSA2019, we hear from the OU's Professor Maureen Mackintosh. Decolonising health systems research and policy: What can it mean? How can it be done? Her panel will share answers to those questions

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