Our background

OPENspace, the research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments, was established in 2001 with support from the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.

A collaborative team of experts with a wide skills and knowledge base, we benefitted from the Research Development Grant scheme, an initiative arising out of the government’s Foresight Programme to match the research capability of Scottish Higher Education Institutions with the needs of society.

Headquartered in the Lauriston Place campus of Edinburgh College of Art, we bring together researchers from the Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture (ESALA) at the University of Edinburgh and the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) at Heriot-Watt University.

Since our formation in 2001, we have attracted over £5m in external funds, held four international conferences, published two books and presented widely, including in the US and Canada, Australia, Scandinavia, China, South America and the Baltic States.

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Go to the ESALA website
Go to the EGIS website

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