oPEN uNIVERSITY Development & Environment Society


Supporting students and alumni in promoting protection of the environment, poverty reduction and defence of human rights


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Open University Development and Environment Society
OUDES is open to all Open University students and alumni.

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.

Meet the TEAM

Adam Carnie



Adam is currently studying BSc (Honours) Environmental Science at the Open University.

He’s a hard-core environmentalist with active interests in IUCN, ESA, NASA, SpaceX, wildlife conservation, geology and planetary atmospheres. He also volunteers multiple different organisations.


Amy Brown

Vice Chair

Amy is currently studying towards a BSc in Environmental Science at The Open University.

Amy is passionate about nature conservation and hopes to build a career in environmental education after she graduates in late 2018. She has keen interests in wildlife conservation, plant identification, and sustainable development. She enjoys being outside as much as possible and can often be found volunteering with the Hastings Conservation Volunteers or helping with beach cleans along the Sussex coast.


Beverly Vears

Communications Editor

Beverly is currently studying her first Open University module and is aiming towards a BA Environmental Studies degree.

Although born in the UK her parents moved to India in the 1970’s where Beverly grew up and studied in a local school. Her interests in the natural world began during this time. She returned to the UK in the 1980’s, where she worked in the public sector and more recently as a self-employed book keeper.

Having returned to India after 20 years away, Beverly has seen first-hand, how the loss of biodiversity, has changed and devastated communities and local wildlife and how the introduction of plastic has killed off marine life and coral reefs, in the oceans and poisoned animals on the land.

Beverly is concerned about the loss of woodlands locally and is a member of the national woodlands trust and through her current job as a dog walker, is a regular visitor to local woodlands.

Beverly is passionate about the conservation of indigenous plant and animal species, and concerned about the extent of deforestation and single use plastics. Her long-term goal is to teach environmental studies in and around Asia.


Kate Buchanan

Communications Editor

Kate is currently studying BSc (Hons) Environmental Management & Technology and is keenly interested in climate change solutions, sustainable development and wolves.

Having previously studied Information Technology at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Kate’s career has covered IT management, digital design, print & packaging and various sales roles. Currently living in rural north-east Scotland with her husband, two children and two springers, she is originally from Glasgow.


Chantelle Minchin

Communications Editor 

Chantelle is currently an undergraduate taking advantage of the Combined STEM degree to explore different scientific approaches to environmental issues.

She describes herself as someone with eclectic interests and enjoys simultaneously taking on a multitude of roles, as a biologist, chemist and statistician for example, to further her understanding of our world. She has hopes of pursuing an MSc in Environmental Management or Conservation and Biodiversity in the future.

Chantelle is passionate about promoting accessibility to students wanting to engage with OUDES and OU study. When not studying, she is often kept busy caring for her pets.


Sophıe LeJeune

Communications Editor

Sophıe decided to study environmental sciences following her love of geography in school, getting involved in environmental arts, and after seeing Scotland and France’s commitment to fighting climate change and environmental management.

Sophıe decided she wanted to be a part of that change. She wants to help towards her part in making the world a better place for her three young children growing up.

Sophıe encourages less waste in her community with her partner and children while looking for local projects to get involved in.

Sophıe’s home lies in both Scotland and France, currently living on the outskirts of Glasgow.


Ella Dunnett

Communications Editor

Ella is currently studying for BSc Geography and Environmental Sciences at The Open University.

Ella has a passion for the environment and it’s sustainability. Driven, she would love to help raise awareness of the impact that our current way of life is having on the planet and how we can help reverse this.


Cami Wren



Cami is studying towards a BSc in Environmental Sciences.

Cami is passionate about sustainably managing the environment and creating a society that benefits all species. When not studying or working, they are creating maps with GIS for the Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre, driving injured hedgehogs around or at the cinema.


Andrea Berardi

Liason Officer


Andrea 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.


Dana Moldoveanu


Dana is a coaching psychologist living in Luxembourg.

Dana’s 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.


Keiron Lock-Lawton


Keiron has been a Curriculum Manager at The Open University since 2014 – looking after environment modules.

Keiron 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.


Teresa Cox


Teresa supports a number of qualifications which include undergraduate environmental management and technology, and postgraduate environmental management.

Teresa is a keen advocate for the environment. In previous years she has headed large fundraising events for Friends of the Earth, Save the Rainforest Campaign. She also 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.

Teresa is very committed with leading a low impact lifestyle, having been a lifelong vegetarian, she is very interested in permaculture and currently runs a local gardening group which promotes organic gardening and composting. She actively follows development with renewables, including recently installed solar panels and a proud owner of an electric car.

Teresa feels very privileged to work at The Open University supporting the environment curriculum.


Hyacinth Richards


Hyacinth is a recent BSc (Hons) Open Graduate of the Open University in a range of subjects, including Environment.

Throughout her period of study with the University and wish to advance to MSc in the short term. Long work experience in the commercial world and currently a Committee Member of the Open University Development and Environment Society (OUDES). Maintains a keen interest in the environment and ways to reduce consumption generally in the interest of all.


Suzanne Bleu Smith

Communications Editor


Duncan James Petrie

Communications Editor


Sammy Santiago

Communications Editor


Former Team Members

OUDES would like to express our gratitude for the hard work done by former members:

Shane Kelly – Chair 

Marina Alenius – Communications Editor

Jenna Gleave – Communications Editor


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