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Business and Law in the time of COVID-19

The current pandemic has brought both threats and opportunities, overturning economic and social norms but also pointing towards new ways of doing things. In the OU’s Business and Law Schools, our response has been: what can we learn?

This series of reflections on the pandemic highlights how management and legal insights from research and scholarship can help us consider and interpret the current context. How can business and the institutions that support it respond to the challenges, adapt and hopefully look forward to a post-pandemic world?

Image of global coronavirus cases by Martin Sanchez, Unsplash.

'Model Land' and its phantasies threaten us all

Professor Mark Fenton O’Creevy from The Open University Business School and Dr Erica Thompson from LSE highlight the dangers of investing scientific models with phantastic (wished-for but unrealistic) power to resolve uncertainty during the pandemic

16th July 2020
Young girl sitting at a desk using a laptop

COVID-19 and the Family Court: Justice at our Fingertips

Allison Wolfreys is a Lecturer in Law in The Open University's Law School. In her blog written specifically for this series, she outlines the family court's transition to online hearings and the immediate impact of this new, remote approach

15th July 2020
Laptop image by Nick Morrison on Unsplash

COVID-19 and facilitated engagement online

Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership at The Open University, reflects on the challenges and opportunities COVID-19 has presented for online, facilitated engagement

14th July 2020
Photo by Kristina Tripkovic on Unsplash

Online domestic abuse resource launched

Calls to domestic violence hotlines have soared during lockdown. In response, The Open University’s Open Justice team has collaborated with charity Support Through Court to launch a free open online resource

13th July 2020
Image by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

Working from home: can it impact on menopause?

During the COVID-19 outbreak, vast numbers are working remotely. But can working from home have an impact on menopause symptoms? Joanna Brewis, Professor of People and Organisations in The Open University's Business School, explores

12th July 2020
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Freedom Law Clinic explores the effects of COVID-19 on civil liberties

Ten law students from The Open University are taking part in a four-week project that will consider the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on civil liberties. The ‘Civil Liberties in the Lockdown’ project is being run by the Freedom Law Clinic

11th July 2020

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PhD Studentships

The Open University Business and Law Schools also invite applications for a number of full-time funded PhD studentships beginning 1 February 2021 on ‘Responding to COVID-19 and the Climate Emergency’.