Association of Open University Graduates



Craig Walker and Professor Giles Mohan


The AOUG Will Swann Award for Innovation and Knowledge Development

2015 recipient Craig Walker

A message from Will Swann MBE was read out at the AOUG Foundation for Education Research Awards Ceremony when the Award named in his honour was presented to Craig Walker for his research on rebuilding societies after civil war. He used Nepal and Mozambique as case studies to explore how public participation impacts on re-establishing and institutionalising non-violent social relations. The Award was offered in 2014, but Craig was the first winner.

Will who was Director Students at the OU until his retirement in 2013, said in his message, "I felt immediately attracted to Craig’s work, built, as it is, on a recognition that conflict-resolution is a work for the many, not the few. If Craig’s work not only uncovers new understandings of these processes, but also helps nations who have been beset by violence to return to peace, then it will be a contribution to knowledge and social innovation of which the OU can be justly proud".