Research course

Inclusive Innovation and Development

Open University · Department of Design, Development, Environment and Materials

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

The Development Policy and Practice Group carriesry out research in innovation systems, development studies and development management. The group has extensive networks within and outside The Open University. Within the University, the group is part of the interfaculty Innovation, Knowledge and Development (IKD) Research Centre and co-hosts the Innogen Institute with the University of Edinburgh. In the UK the group works closely with academics from a range of development studies institutes and with a consortium of non-governmental organisations. Internationally, it has research and teaching collaborations with staff and institutions from more than 20 countries. It has developed a facilitative capacity to bring people together to work in new programmes, courses and research.

The group is recognised for its internationally excellent interdisciplinary research on innovation and development and for its growing profile in generating theoretically informed and empirically grounded knowledge on the roles and impacts of individuals, groups and systems in development processes. The group is continuously developing new conceptual frameworks and avenues of inquiry and prides itself in being able to attract and retain world-class researchers and students who are willing and able to expand conceptual and empirical horizons. The group’s network of local and global partners provides students and researchers access to a vibrant intellectual community.

Potential supervisors:

  • Professor Joanna Chataway
  • Professor Hazel Johnson
  • Dr Dinar Kale
  • Dr Theo Papaioannou

Department specialisms

Within the context of innovation and development, we are interested in research about innovation as a driver of social change that helps the poorer sections of society. We welcome proposals which address issues of innovation, equity and social justice in both the developed and developing world. Potential projects include: Institutions, markets and processes of innovation The role of co-operatives in inclusive innovation and sustainable development Governance of innovation and development Inclusive innovation and the role of politics and power Evaluation and measurement of inclusive innovation.

Fees and funding

For detailed information on current fees visit: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
48 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Dr Sue Oreszczyn
+44 (0)1908 332940