The Open University Development and Environment Society
In our campaigns
OUDES champions the causes of its members, providing expertise, resources and marketing support.
The campaign to get the OU to divest from fossil fuels and invest in more ethical options.
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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 Touhey (Chair)
Shane Touhey is a final year Engineering student, specialising in ‘Designing for a sustainable future’. He is currently chair of two Open University societies, the OU Development and Environment society and the OU branch of Engineers without borders. He is a passionate environmentalist and volunteers for a local community action groups educating people about ways to reduce their energy use and encourage the use of renewable technologies.
Andrea Berardi (Liaison 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.
Eddie Correia (Communications officer)
Eddie Correia has a background in information systems and has developed capacity building and communications projects for profit and non-profit organisations. She became involved with OUDES while studying environmental science and global development at Open University, and continues to work and mentor on projects in these fields. Eddie currently provides OUDES guidance on its digital communications strategy.
Keiron Lock (Committee member)
Keiron Lock 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.
Dana Moldoveanu (Committee member)
Dana Moldoveanu is a coaching psychologist living in Luxembourg. Her vision is to sustain people in going further then looking for personal success and act as social change partners in sustainable social and environmental initiatives and help the communities in which they spend their lives to create a better future for the generations to come.