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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: Gendered Perspectives of Restorative Justice, Violence and Resilience: An International Framework, edited by Bev Orton, addresses the lack of gender awareness in research on Restorative Justice.
For more publications on global challenges and social justice.


  1. 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.
  2. Read a recently published short report on the website of the International Labor Organization. The report provides an overview of the past webinar discussion on a Global Fund for Social Protection.
  3. Review the recordings of our recent events on Vernon Lee: Polymath and Anti-War Activist and Qualitative Research methods.
Feb 28

GCSJ seminar series: Making sense of global China

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 12:00 to 14:00

Online via MS Teams

Mar 15

The Religious Toleration and Peace (RETOPEA) H2020 project

Friday, March 15, 2024 - 12:00 to 13:00

Online, via Microsoft Teams

Apr 19

GCSJ seminar series: Decentring the human in social science research

Friday, April 19, 2024 - 12:00 to 13:00

Online, via Microsoft Teams