Research course

Place, space and belonging

Institution
Open University · Department of Geography
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry

October

Course content

An investigation into the politics of urban culture, place and space is a central focus of research in this area, particularly the role of power in shaping urban cultural practices and the production of city spaces. Substantively, this includes a concern with issues of the constitution of life in cities around the world, subjectivity and experience, corporeality and affect, the production and circulation of cultural artefacts and imaginations, democracy and political cultures. These concerns are developed in close engagement with empirically grounded research on topics such as urban culture and urban politics (Creating Hackney as home), visual and aural cultures (Architectural atmospheres: the impact of digital technologies on architectural design practice), democracy and public life, and gender and mobility (Creating the ‘new’ Asian woman).

Current/recent research projects
  • Creating Hackney as home
  • Architectural atmospheres, branding and the social: the role of digital visualizing technologies in contemporary architectural practice
  • Creating the ‘new’ Asian woman
Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

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

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding

Qualification and course duration

PhD

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

MPhil

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

Course contact details

Phone
+44 (0)1908 654456