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Christopher High


I have been Lecturer at the OU since 2004. After degrees in mathematics and analytical biology, my PhD was here in the Systems Department, looking at social learning in sustainable development. A post-doc took me to the geography department in Liverpool, after which I returned to the fold at the OU.

I'm interested in applied social science - research that has an impact on policy or practice.  My central expertise is in understanding and facilitating social learning in sustainable development and in participatory research methodology.  I've worked in Europe, Africa and Asia on rural development, public engagement and adaptation to climate change.  I'm particularly interested in the application of technologies such as participatory video to facilitating social learning.

My research includes recent work on facilitating participatory learning processes,  on adaptation to climate change, and on governance and evaluation in rural development.

Recent work includes co-organising the PV-Better practice online workshops, and a pilot study looking at teaching practice in Malawi.  Previously I've organised the 2011 Visual Methods Conference, undertaken action research on community development in Hungary and carried out policy research on climate adaptation in Scotland for the CLIMSAVE project.

I've also led pilot work on evaluation in Hungary and Ireland using participatory video, co-ordinated the PATTERN network at the Open University, and led an ESRC funded national network on participatory video in research methodology: PV-NET.

I currently contribute to two undergraduate environment modules, and am preparing to take over co-chairing the main Faculty postgraduate research module - T802 The Research Project.   I also contribute to the postgraduate research skills training programme.

Previously I've been module team chair for T156 - Digital Film School and T214 - Understanding systems: Making sense of complexity.

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