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Ageing and later life (CABS)

Based at The Open University, the Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies (CABS) was established in 1995 as a centre for gerontology and biographical research. The founder members believed that the experience and aspirations of older people should be at the core of research and teaching on ageing. This includes involving older people in various ways as research partners and advisors.

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8th April 2022

Carer Research and Knowledge Exchange Network (CAREN)

This is a freely accessible knowledge exchange resource for all those across the globe who require any form of carer-related knowledge. Examples of stakeholders include governments, carers, employers, policy makers, practitioners, researchers, third sector organisations and research funders around the world. We hope you find the network useful and welcome any feedback - contact Mary Larkin.

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8th April 2022

Growing Older - Planning Ahead (GOPA)

An increase in the life expectancy of people with learning disabilities and real reductions in the availability of services, can lead to an increased risk of crisis placements. Another contributing factor is a reluctance on the part of their consequently older parent carers to forward plan - in preparation for their older adult son or daughter's move to independent supported living or an alternative home.

Visit the Growing Older - Planning Ahead (GOPA) website

8th April 2022

Carers research group

 Nationally and internationally, carers’ profile has increased dramatically in recent years – in public discourse, policy and practice. This cross -university research group was established in light of the growth in recognition of carers, their needs and the importance of supporting them. Our interdisciplinary members collaborate on a wide range of carer-related scholarship and research projects, publications and resources. In addition, we have strong links with government departments and a number of local, national and international bodies.

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8th April 2022

Children, young people and families

The Children, Young People and Families research group has a focus on social research into the lives of children and young people and their families, linking to to key areas of policy and professional practice across the health and social care sector. The group brings together researchers from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds.

Visit the Children, young people and families research group website

8th April 2022

Critical Autism Network

The Critical Autism Network aims to develop a challenge to dominant understandings of autism as a neurological deficit, instead focusing on autism as an identity that is discursively produced within specific sociocultural contexts.

Visit the Critical Autism Network website

8th April 2022

Research enquiries

PGR student enquiries phone: +44(0)1908 658188


Jun 16

Open Thanatology Inaugural Conference: 16 & 17 June 2022

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 13:00 to Friday, June 17, 2022 - 14:00

The Open University, Milton Keynes & Online

Contact: Dr Joseph De Lappe

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