Research course

Place, Space and Belonging

Open University · Department of Geography

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


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).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

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