OPENspace was established to bridge academia, policy and practice, underpinning exemplary professional and community placemaking with a rigorous evidence base.
We have a track record for innovative research, grounded in a sound theoretical framework, and for establishing new methodologies and directions for the future.
Our work demonstrates a particular sensitivity to the needs of end-users, involving original, empirical research on the transactional nature of people’s engagement with place.
We have expertise in graphic, mapping and visual techniques, systematic and critical reviews of research literature, qualitative and quantitative user-led methodologies and empowering participants to contribute to the research agenda, as well its outcomes.
Addressing the environmental design implications of our research findings is a key priority for us and our output includes a focus on practical guidance for planners, designers and managers.