Psychology and Counselling Research Centre

Open Psychology Research Centre


The Open Psychology Research Centre is the research centre of the School of Psychology & Counselling at The Open University. The Centre represents a progressive approach to psychological research, theory and practice that is tightly connected with other social sciences and humanities disciplines. It champions creative, critical and credible psychological research that makes a difference to real social issues, that informs practice, and that inspires a positive vision for living together fairly, equitably and imaginatively. Our engaged research also feeds into scholarship for teaching at the OU.

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    £650k forensic science psychology project launched this month

    4th April 2024

    ‘Trust in forensic science evidence in the criminal justice system: The experience of marginalised groups’, a £650k psychology project led by the OU’s Lara Frumkin, launched on 1 March after winning major funding last year. The project will explore the experiences of people, particularly from more marginalised groups, when looking at DNA and digital evidence.

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    Sexual Citizenship and Social Change

    26th March 2024

    Examining the use and abuse of critique in contemporary sexuality scholarship and associated activism, Professor Darren Langdridge implicates a particular form of critique that is detached, unfettered, and set loose from the usual anchor of tradition.

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    Looking back to last year’s Open Psychology Research Centre Event

    21st February 2024

    In 2023, the Centre’s International Advisory Board visited the OU over July 10th-11th. The next Centre Advisory Board meeting takes place on 15th May 2024.


Jun 4

Decolonial Approaches to Research methods in Psychology

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 10:00 to 16:00

Library Seminar Rooms 4, The Open University Campus, Milton Keynes

Jun 14

OPRC PHeW Internal Event: Wellbeing in Contexts: From Pregnancy to Policing

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 11:00 to 16:00

Internal Event

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