The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a thriving research culture and is engaged in world-class, agenda setting research in fields such as culture, citizenship, identities, governance, criminology, international development and innovation, history of crime, policing and justice, African and Asian Studies, and human geography. We are committed to the enhancement and development of this culture as a priority in our mission. Our research is supported by seven Research Collaborations:
Digital Humanities is the critical study of how digital technologies and methods intersect with humanities scholarship and scholarly communication. It investigates the use of digital tools and software for interpretation and analysis of humanities research questions and how digital methodologies can be used to enhance disciplines such a Art History, Classical Studies, History, Literature, Music and many others.
The Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) was formed in 2015 out of what was known as The International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR), which itself had been established in December 2003. In 2010, ICCCR was formally partnered with the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies; in 2015, this partnership was formally extended.
Innovation, Knowledge and Development (IKD) is a vibrant inter-faculty research centre that brings together academics from across the OU to undertake joint research on ways in which knowledge and innovation can contribute to inclusive and sustainable patterns of development around the world.
Active for well over a decade, The Book History Research Group has made a number of major contributions to the development of English subject both nationally and internationally, and has attracted substantial amounts of both internal and external research funding, including three major AHRC grants. Members of the group have produced publications in authorship studies, printing, publishing, reading, textual studies, literacy and popular culture, the history of drama, manuscript culture, digital humanities, globalization, children's literature and scholarly editing.
The Innogen Institute explores the social and economic impact of innovation in the life sciences. It is a dynamic collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the Open University.
The International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice aims to promote and facilitate research into criminal justice history around the world and to generate the exchange of ideas between academics, criminal justice practitioners and serving and retired policemen. This is achieved via seminars, conferences, publications and the provision of specialist archive facilities.
OpenSpace, founded in 2009, promotes research into geographical and environmental questions. We are motivated by the broad challenges that face the world, including: how can we live together better; how can we inherit the past responsibly; how might we bequeath better futures to others?