Research course

Markets, Consumption and Cultural Economy

Open University · Department of Sociology

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) and an MA or MSc.

Months of entry


Course content

The Sociology discipline at The Open University has an established tradition of researching the cultural economy. Our work in this area explores how consumer markets are shaped and made, the role of markets in social and moral life, consumption and social divisions, and the cultural and creative industries. Highlights of present and previous research under this theme include:

  • Cultural economies of insurance and credit
  • Culture, class and distinction
  • Cultures of social inequalities
  • Moral economies of Fairtrade consumption and recycling.

This theme is affiliated with the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), which makes a significant contribution to academic debates on public policy and social change in the UK and other national contexts.

Potential research projects

For guidance on choosing a research project, please visit our website. Information there will help you identify and articulate your research project, and tells you who to contact to discuss it before writing your proposal and submitting an application.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

          Course contact details

          Discipline Convenor

          +44 (0)1908 653947