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Enduring Love? Couple relationships in the 21st century

In this award-winning ESRC mixed methods study, Professor Jacqui Gabb investigated how couples experience, understand and sustain their long-term relationships. She is now working as Chief Relationships Officer at Paired, a new app that is informed by the Enduring Love? study, that is designed to improve couples’ communication and deepen intimacy through daily prompts. Paired has achieved critical acclaim, winning the ‘personal growth’ category in the 2020 Google Play award and Apple ‘apps we love’.

Salvage: Challenging Gendered Harms in Activist Communities

Julia Downes hosted a series of interactive and capacity building workshops funded by the Feminist Review Trust 2016-17 that aimed to support and generate sustainable interventions to address gendered violence in social justice movements.

The impact of family relationships on LGBTQ youth mental health and wellbeing

Funded by the Wellcome Trust (UNS39780), Jacqui Gabb completed a small scale study with Liz McDermott (Lancaster University) on the impact of family environments on the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ youth.

Internet Infidelity: Creating Partnerships

Funded through an ESRC Impact Acceleration Award, Naomi Moller and Andreas Vossler are working with the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships to develop a programme of knowledge exchange activities about internet infidelity.

Participatory Arts and Social Action Research (PASAR)

In the PASAR project Umut Erel explored how participatory theatre and walking methods can co-produce knowledge, funded through the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) programme (2016-17).

Do participatory visual methods 'give voice'

In this ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) project (2017-19), Dan McCulloch critically explores claims that participatory methods 'give voice' to those involved, by exploring researcher, participant and audience perspective on such claims.

Death in the Family in Urban Senegal: Bereavement, Care and Family Relations

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust Jane McCarthy (and Ruth Evans, University of Reading) have interrogated material and emotional experiences of family members after the death of an adult relative living in contemporary urban West Africa.

G-VERSITY - Achieving Gender Diversity

Peter Hegarty is a partner within the G-VERSITY interdisciplinary and intersectoral doctoral training network, a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Union (953326). Research at the OU within G-VERISTY focuses on pathways to leadership among LGBT people. Peter Hegarty also leads the training of PhD researchers within G-VERSITY.

Engaging sexual stories

Funded by the Wellcome Trust (UNS100842), Professor Jacqui Gabb and Dr Mathijs Lucassen are collaborating with Cath Mercer at University College London and Emma Renold at Cardiff University on a public engagement project that utilizes National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal 3) data to empower people and improve their knowledge of sex and relationships. This has generated OpenLearn interactive resources for the general public and workshops with young people on issues around sex that matter to them. In collaboration with Brook, this young people-centred learning are being translated into eLearning evidence-based resources for teachers to deliver RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) in schools.

Best Interests of the Child in State Care in China

With the support of the Sino-British Fellowship Trust and in collaboration with colleagues from UK, Chinese and Australian universities Jane McCarthy and Monica Dowling have explored how childrens 'best interests' and family lives occur in diverse contexts

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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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