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).

Potential research projects

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

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

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1908 654456