The Open University Development and Environment Society
About development and environment
Coursera – Sustainability courses
Openlearn – Introducing the environment: Ecology and ecosystems
Open learn – International development
Benefits of Joining
Study and career support
Real world interventions
Supporting students and alumni in promoting protection of the environment, poverty reduction and defence of human rights.
The Society was set up by a group of students who got on well during the fourth week of Summer School during the first year of U204 (Third World Development Studies) back in 1984. They held committee meetings in a smoky bar at Euston Station as most members came from North of London. We have now grown to an active community of over 800 members, promoting international development, environment and human rights, supporting students and alumni, encouraging discussion.
Shane Kelly (Chair)
Andrea Berardi (Liason Officer)
Andrea Berardi has been a lecturer at The Open University since 2002 supporting environment degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He initially became involved with OUDES as a tutor during one of its revision weekends, and then took up various roles within its organising committee. Andrea is currently the ‘liaison officer’ between OUDES and OU academics/support staff, but is also actively involved in OUDES campaigns such as #OUDivest.
Keiron Lock-Lawton (Committee member)
Keiron Lock-Lawton is a Curriculum Manager at The Open University, looking after environment modules, he has been working at the university since 2014. He is a Geography graduate, with a previous employment history in aviation before joining the OU. He has a personal interest in the environment , renewable energy and development.
Hyacinth Richards (Committee member)
Dana Moldoveanu (Committee Member)
Adam Carnie (Communications officer)
Adam Carnie is currently studying BSc (Honours) Environmental Science at the Open University. He’s a hard-core environmentalist with active interests in global pollution, IUCN, ESA, NASA, SpaceX wildlife conservation, geology and planetary atmospheres. He also volunteers for Green Spaces – Lincoln City Council.
Teresa Cox (Committee member)
Hello, I’m Teresa Cox, I support a number of Qualifications which include Undergraduate Environmental Management and Technology and Postgraduate Environmental Management.
I have been a keen advocate for the Environment for as long as I remember. In previous years I headed large fund raising events for Friends of the Earth Save the Rainforest Campaign, I played an active role for Transition Wolverton which included inviting Caroline Lucas to talk and organising a low carbon event inviting local companies to demo energy saving initiatives and renewables etc.
I am very committed with leading a low impact lifestyle, I’ve been a lifelong vegetarian, I am very interested in permaculture and currently run a local gardening group which promotes organic gardening and composting etc. I actively follow development with renewables, at home I’ve solar panels and drive an electric car.
I feel very privileged to work at The Open University supporting the Environment curriculum.
Ruth Hennell (Social media officer)
Ruth is a transfer student to the OU, doing an Open degree. She is has been active with Student Action for Refugees, refugee organisation and activism projects and has blogged for climate squad. She went to the international people’s college in Denmark where she became more interested in the interaction of environment and society. She loves Social Media and looks forward to interacting with you all.