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Justice, Borders, and Rights

The Justice, Borders and Rights research stream consists of a group of researchers from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds whose work grapples with some of the most salient and polarizing debates around borders. Our work interrogates the social, cultural and political repercussions of and knowledge production around border practices -  issues at the forefront of old and new debates about conflict and global inequalities. Our work is characterised by research partnerships, collaborations and knowledge exchange projects between academics, NGOs, INGOs, international media and cultural organisations, social welfare institutions, community organisations, legal professionals, policymakers, artists and politicians.  

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Justice, Borders, and Rights engages with struggles for inclusion, recognition and representation against a backdrop of the construction, reconstruction, deconstruction and transgression of borders. Our key focus is on borders, conceived of in their myriad symbolic and material varieties, and how they frame, shape and define people, institutions, communities and nations. Researchers also look at how people challenge borders and construct communities and bridges across borders, including through international cultural exchange, media and communication networks.

Researchers in the stream approach the following questions from different perspectives:

  • What are the connections between and across old and new boundaries and social divisions around race, gender, class, sexuality, language, culture and religion?
  • How are exclusions and belongings of citizens and non-citizens shaped, debated and contested and re-created? 
  • What new methods, sites and practices are being created and mobilised for political, cultural and social participation and solidarity?
  • What forms of activism and participation in and beyond the academy are contesting and changing borders of exclusion and discrimination?
  • What is the role of academic research and scholarship in contributing to and analysing borders and border-crossing practices at local and translocal, organisational and individual levels?
  • What and how do theories of citizenship, justice, rights and governance contribute to the analysis of contemporary global/local politics and to imaginaries of alternatives and change?
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A-Z of Brexit: A guide to Brexit terminology

This glossary has been designed to explain some of the key terms used in relation to Brexit.

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Year of Mygration

250 insights into how migration affects all of us, not just migrants.

Posted throughout 2018, 5 days a week for 50 weeks, ahead of the OU’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

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Download the C&G newsletter

Check out the October 2018 newsletter:

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Statelessness and Sustainable Development at the 2019 High Level Political Forum: A moment for reflection

“Is citizenship relevant to sustainable development?” 

Yes. Here’s how.


Speaking Up, Not Talking Down

The Discover Society feature 'Speaking Up, Not Talking Down' on representations of refugees, with contributions from Dr Umut Erel, is now available

REF Impact Study Report

The Tate Exchange ‘Who Are We?’ Open University REF Impact Study Final Report is now available to view.