What we do

We focus on key debates and developments around how people, organisations, and communities employ innovations and technologies to be more effective and ethical in their living and working relationships within our planetary environment. We see innovations and technologies as complex sets of people, processes, products and practices while we see environments as being defined as much by how those people involved in particular situations see their own context as by any simple definition of the ‘natural environment’. We use both systematic and systemic approaches to variously explore the scientific, technical, social, economic and ethical elements of ‘environmental’ situations in order for all to better understand and act within them. Throughout we try to challenge conventional views and approaches to environmental management and technology and draw upon many theories and concepts from other disciplines.

We work collaboratively with other organisations and institutions globally and in the UK, as well as with other groups within The Open University studying, teaching and promoting environmental and sustainability issues. Other groups we work within The Open University include Integrated Waste Systems, Applied Systems Thinking in Practice, Development, Policy and Practice and the Design Group.

Who we are

We have a core set of people that spend much of their time working in this area but also have many other people, both internal and external to The Open University, that contribute to our work, including full and part time research students.

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Environmental Management and Technology