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.

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…

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…

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…

OpenSpace Seminar: Geography in space and time


Jacob Obodai is undertaking his geography PhD research at the Open University and his talk will focus on the impact of artisanal and small-scale mining activities on food security in Ghana.

OpenSpace Seminar: Post-Brexit Sustainable Food Systems

Guest speaker Dr Robert Biel (Associate Professor at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL) will be drawing upon his recent work on the sustainability transition, which he argues is necessarily not just about physical systems but about a transformation in the social, political and moral order.  In relation to food, he maintains that the physical aspect is…

The Open University at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2019
Wednesday 28th August