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 and course duration


full time
48 months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Discipline Convenor
+44 (0)1908 653947