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Mrs Martha Knight

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Professional biography

I first joined The Open University as an Associate Lecturer teaching social science undergraduate modules before becoming Staff Tutor and Qualification Lead in the Development Policy and Practice Department. I am particular interested in gender and development and issues of global governance and sustainability and have helped to produce materials for both undergraduate and postgraduate modules.


BA (Middlesex) MSc (London School of Economics and Political Sciences) PGCE (Bedford)

Professional affiliations

I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA

Research interests

My initial research interests centred on literacy as a tool for empowerment for women in developing countries.  This developed further into an understanding of gender relations within NGOs and how these relations manifest themselves in policy and practice.  More recently I have carried out research into gender inequalities within The OU with a focus on the Professorial community.

I have also carried out scholarship with a particular focus on how teachers develop an online identity using OU Live.

Teaching interests

I continue to teach undergraduate social science modules and feel this experience helps to maintain focus on the empowering nature of education.  I am Module Chair for two modules, T879 Conflict and Development and TD223 International Development and a member of 2 module teams; DD103 Investigating the Social World and TU872 Institutional Development.  I am also on a module production team for a new module Environment and Society DD213 which is now online.