Research course

Culture and environmental change in the Anthropocene

Open University · Department of Geography

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

This research group draws together members of the OpenSpace Research Centre who have interests in the relations between global processes of environmental, cultural and political change. Our research areas include, but are not restricted to: the links between society, culture and environment; representation of the environment; biosecurities, geographies of the Anthropocene; informal and diverse economies; alternative food networks; sustainable consumption; media/culture and the environment; and contemporary environmental history and politics.

Existing projects in this field include the research, broadcast and online participation project Creative Climate; an action research project on media decision-making regarding environmental issues (since 1996); and the Mediating Change bundle of events, podcasts and publications. New projects include the AHRC funded Stories of Change and Earth in Vision projects; and work on the relationship between sacred sites and sustainable forestry. Other work explores environmental change, landscape and sound.

Potential research projects

Applications are welcome to study any topic that resonates with the concerns of the OpenSpace Research Centre or Geography research discipline more broadly.

Current/recent research projects

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months
distance learning
variable months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1908 654456