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School of Social Sciences & Global Studies

The School of Social Sciences and Global Studies at The Open University is a hub for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and research-led teaching that aims to tackle some of the most pressing challenges faced by societies across the globe.

We offer an intellectually stimulating environment for academic staff and students, including a lively postgraduate research community.

- Prof Shonil Bhagwat (Head of School, SSGS)

Shonil Bhagwat

Welcome to our second issue of the Social Sciences and Global Studies Magazine – an annual publication that provides insight into impactful and transformative work spanning the School’s eight disciplines. Download the full magazine.

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Study

The School offers a deliberately unconventional combination of disciplinary traditions which support a wide range of interdisciplinary and disciplinary modules and qualifications.

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Research

The School is a hub for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and research-led teaching that aims to tackle some of the most pressing challenges faced by societies across the globe.

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Outreach and External Engagement

Through the pursuit of strategic partnerships and progressive engagement, we strive to make a difference in the wider world.

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Centre for Global Challenges and Social Justice

Established in October 2021, the Centre provides critical, interdisciplinary insight, and innovative, social justice driven solutions to challenges facing contemporary global societies.