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New book sets out agenda for a sustainable future

13 July 2021

ICT is the critical component which will empower us to build a sustainable society, argues Professor Raphael Kaplinsky in Sustainable Futures: an Agenda for Action.

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Study of how China and Pakistan negotiate ‘offers important lessons’

11 July 2021

A new study of one of China’s key overseas infrastructure projects suggests Beijing exercises less control than often assumed.  


Reaching out to the young victims of a war on education

2 May 2021

In a region where schoolchildren are targets for abduction by terrorists, an Open University International Development researcher is seeking to keep the flame of learning alight. 

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Flagship international project closes early in solidarity with the people of Myanmar

2 May 2021

The £4.5 million Transformation by Innovation in Distance Education programme to improve the quality, relevance and reputation of university-level distance education in Myanmar is ending. 

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Mourning the loss of treasured OU colleague, Dr Paula Tibandebage

28 April 2021

Dr Paula Tibandebage, a much-valued research collaborator, colleague, Visiting Research Fellow in Economics and friend of many OU colleagues, has died.

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OU development expert chosen for G20 'ideas bank' on health and COVID-19

6 April 2021

Open University economist and development expert Professor Smita Srinivas is appointed to a key taskforce which will shape global policy and strategies on health and pandemic response.

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Book on urban water makes a splash

6 April 2021

In the wake of World Water Day, Open University Professor Sophie Watson reflects on the unforeseen success of her book exploring how water brings people together.

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Women who #ChooseToChallenge social injustice

7 March 2021

The Open University is marking International Women’s Day with a social media campaign to ‘cut through the global chatter’ and focus attention on a very special group of women.

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School closed, no internet: finding ways to keep children learning in the most remote places

5 March 2021

Open University International Development academics report on a successful trial to deliver education in a COVID-safe way to areas without internet, TV or radio.

Photo shows a trans woman in Mozambique tending to her garden. She told us "Watering my garden to show society that transwomen perform all activities like other women in their home space. I call that positive visibility"

Giving voice to marginalised members of Africa’s LBGTQ+ community

10 February 2021

An alternative to traditional research has given voice to marginalised members of Africa’s LBGTQ+ community– not through the written word, but through the eye.

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