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Dr Andy Morris

Profile summary

Professional biography

I originally came to The Open University to undertake my PhD in 1998 having completed an undergraduate degree in Cultural Geography. Following the completion of my PhD I gained a two year Post-Doctoral research fellowship within the Department of Geography from 2002-2004. In 2008 I began working within The Open University in the South regional office in Oxford, first as a Social Sciences Faculty Co-ordinator and then as a Staff Tutor and Lecturer in Geography. Since 2016 I have worked as a Staff Tutor and Senior Lecturer based at Walton Hall.

I have maintained my role as an Associate Lecturer since 2000, teaching both undergraduate and post-graduate modules.


BA (Greenwich), PhD (Open)

Professional affiliations

I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers (FRGS).

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).


Research interests

My early research interests were broadly situated within the relationship between visual culture, place and identity and more specifically, the geographies of national identity, multiculturalism and the spaces of the art gallery. These interests were further developed into a related but more specific engagement with the geographies of the Atlantic world and the constitution of abstract expressionism as an 'Atlantic art'. This work was informed by theoretical engagements with critical histories of the Atlantic world and the constitution of this world through temporal-spatial networks of cultural circulation. My current resesarch has extended a long standing interest in visual culture and landscape into critical understandings of nature and the geographies of human-wildlife relations. More specifically I have been interested in the relationship between humans and starlings and how the status of starlings has shifted from being regarded as a pest to becoming a wildlife spectacle. Furthermore I am intertested in how this informs critical understandings of the geographies of 'nature' as well as the role of non-humans in challenging and defining these understandings.        

Selected publications

Morris, A (2018) Educational landscapes and the environmental entanglement of humans and non-humans through the starling murmuration, The Geographical Journal (early view)

Morris, A (2005) The Cultural Geographies of Abstract Expressionism: Painters, Critics, Dealers and the Production of an Atlantic Art, Social and Cultural Geography vol.6 (3), pp. 421-437.

Morris and Tolia-Kelly (2004) Disruptive Aesthetics? Revisiting the burden of representation in the art of Chris Ofili and Yinka Shonibare, Third Text vol. 18 (67), pp. 153-167.

Morris, A (2003) Redrawing the Boundaries: Questioning the Geographies of Britishness at Tate Britain’ Museum and Society vol. 1 (3), pp. 170-182.

Teaching interests

I am currently production Co-chair of the Level 2 geography module: Changing geographies of the United Kingdom. (D225) and was previously an author and module team member on the Level 2 geography and environment module: Environment and Society (DD213)    

From 2014 to 2018 I was production co-chair and then presentation chair of the Level 1 Social Sciences module: Investigating the social world (DD103). Earlier teaching responsibilities include being presentation chair of the Level 2 environment module: Environment: change, contest and response (U216) and also a module team member of the Level 1 Social Sciences module: Introducing the social sciences (DD101/DD131/DD132) and the Level 1 environment module: Environment: journeys through a changing world (U116).


Teaching publications

Morris, A (2018) 'Living with wildlife: conserving environments and the geographies of nature' in B. Lampert and G. Revill (eds) (2018) Environment and Society: social and political entanglements Milton Keynes, The Open University, pp. 71-103, ISBN 978-1-4730-2394-9.  

Morris, A and Revill, G (2018) 'Retracing nature and the entanglements of landscape' in B. Lampert and G. Revill (eds) (2018) Environment and Society: cultural and economic entanglements Milton Keynes, The Open University, pp. 97-130, ISBN 978-1-4730-2393-2.

Drake. D, Morris. A, Shipman. A and Wheeler. K (eds) (2015) Investigating the Social World 2 Milton Keynes, The Open University, 306 pp, ISBN 978-1-7800-7956-1.

Morris, A and Shipman, A (2015) ‘Introducing rights and common resources’ in D. Drake, A. Morris, A. Shipman and K. Wheeler (eds) (2015) Investigating the Social World 2 Milton Keynes, The Open University, pp. 5-27, ISBN 978-1-7800-7956-1.

Butcher, M and Morris, A (2015) ‘Mapping Home’ in K. Murji (ed) (2015) Investigating the Social World 1 Milton Keynes, The Open University, pp. 111-146, ISBN 978-1-7800-7955-4.

Impact and engagement

I was the academic consultant for the 12 part BBC television series Hugh's Wild West which was broadcast on BBC 2 from January to April 2018.

I was the academic consultant for the BBC television series Autumnwatch (2019) and Springwatch (2020).