OpenSpace Events

The collaborative style of working at the OU has been incorporated into a practical expertise at hosting and running a wide range of working groups, workshops, all of which have produced research outputs.

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OpenSpace Seminar: “Scotland's different”: Narratives of Scotland's distinctiveness in the post-Brexit-vote era

While Scotland has been portrayed as an outlier in the context of Brexit, we know relatively little about how ordinary people in Scotland, including a growing migrant population, make sense of this (political and media) narrative. How is Scotland produced as different in the context of Brexit? How are these stories used to re-imagine increasingly diverse Scottish…

OpenSpace Impact Seminar: Best practices to recruit and retain women in tech — lessons from India


12.00 – 12.10: Introduction 

12.10-12.45: Panel discussion

12.45 – 12.55: Q&A/discussion

12.55-13.00: Closing


12.10: Nimmi Patel (Tech UK)

12.15: Sharon Moore (IBM)

12.20: Dr Chitra Balakrishna (The Open University)

12.25: Andrea Palmer (BP)

12.30: Ashok Pamidi…

OpenSpace Seminar: Invisible spaces, violent places — vertical geographies of the Derbyshire soughs

This paper is concerned with the complex subterranean geopolitics of lead mining in the Derbyshire Peak District. It focuses specifically on the implications of lead mining ‘soughs’ – underground channels driven to drain water out of mines to allow for mineral extraction. Built during the 17th - 19th centuries, soughs were substantial capital and labour intensive…

Online Lecture: Our Coast (with Vicky Johnson and Marcus Badger)
Liberal Violence and the Racial Borders of the European Union - Dr Arshad Isakjee (Geography, University of Liverpool)

This presentation will examine how race underpins the European Union’s violent border regime. Drawing on two case studies, in Northern France and the Balkans, it will explore how border violence manifests in divergent ways: from the direct physical violence which is routine in Croatia, to more subtle forms of violence evident in the governance of migrants and…