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Centre for Global Challenges and Social Justice (GCSJ)

Established in October 2021, the Centre for Global Challenges and Social Justice (GCSJ) in the School of Social Sciences and Global Studies at The Open University provides critical, interdisciplinary insight, and innovative, social justice driven solutions to challenges facing contemporary global societies. The Centre’s ambition is to understand the historical and structural underpinnings of contemporary societies; the systems of oppressions and inequalities they reproduce; and the resistances and struggles they generate.

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Publication Spotlight

Recently published: 'Sexual Harassment in the UK Parliament: Lessons from the #MeToo Era' by Christina Julios (2022), examines the phenomenon of sexual harassment in the UK Parliament along with devolved institutions in Scotland and Wales. Find out more in the publications section.


  1. The GCSJ and the Creative Interactions group are co-hosting a conference on 20-22 June 2024. Call for papers closes 30 April.
  2. Read our latest blog by Dan Taylor on Giving Care in Gateshead - unpaid care is a social and political issue, and to some extent even a question of social justice.
  3. Review the recordings of our recent events on Vernon Lee: Polymath and Anti-War Activist and Qualitative Research methods.
  4. The recording of our latest roundtable on 'Making sense of Global China' is now available via our Public Engagement & Media webpage.