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Global development

Grounded in The Open University’s values of inclusivity, innovation and responsiveness, global development is a core research area in our Faculty. Key in this endeavour is the Centre for the Study of Global Development (CSGD), which is guided by the sustainable development goals that relate to poverty, health, wellbeing, education, decent jobs, and employment, while also critiquing globalised development agendas and exploring and showcasing localised conceptualisations of and approaches to development. The CSGD works with scholars from different disciplinary and geographic backgrounds to better understand development problems and find answers.  



The Carers Research Group

The Carers Research Group was established in light of the growth in recognition of carers, their needs and the importance of supporting them. The group's interdisciplinary members collaborate on a wide range of carer-related scholarship and research projects, publications and resources.


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The Ibali Network promotes creative, story driven research approaches, and has a particular focus on using story to research inclusion in education and global development contexts. Ibali grew from an AHRC-funded network in 2017 which aimed to connect and support storytelling researchers and practitioners from around the world – but particularly Sub-Saharan Africa. Its current directly funded work is exploring teachers and young people’s experiences of inclusion in Nigeria, South Africa and the UK, but Ibali and its partner organisation Transformative Story have supported many research teams to engage with more creative, story-based research approaches.