Richard has over 25 years of Pracademic (Practical Academic) experience in land management and food security. He has worked in a variety of challenging environments from Afghanistan and Angola to Nigeria and Zambia. In the last 15 years, he has been very much involved in advancing the field of Stabilisation Agriculture, developing integrated livelihood solutions in countries affected by or emerging from conflict to promote food security and economic growth. As a result of this work, he has increasingly been involved in projects relating to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT), particularly in agricultural and rural settings. He is currently working in the Human Security space on climate change impacts on food security and its relationship to conflict and human exploitation.
In 2021 he was seconded to the Ministry of Defence where he worked on the Ministry of Defence Climate Change and Sustainability Strategic Approach focussing on the rural training estate which covers some 240,000 ha of crown land managed directly and through tenanted farm holdings. With colleagues drawn from across the University and Ph.D. researchers, he manages the Rural Security Research Group which focuses on rural crime and modern slavery in agricultural systems both in the UK and overseas.
Richard's teaching is focused on agricultural policy, global food commodities trade, and their relationship to geopolitics and climate change. He has a particular interest in agricultural policy and climate adaptation. In addition to teaching and research, he currently advises a number of Government departments, commercial organisations, and NGOs on the interface of food security, climate change, and conflict.
Chartered Geographer of the Royal Geographical Society
Nuffield Farming Scholar
International Society for the Study of Rural Crime
Member of the International Association of Military Geoscientists
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
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Panel expert (Agriculture and Food) - Global Initiative against Transitional Organised Crime, GITOC, Geneva (2015-Present)
Member of Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research, Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) 2017-Present
Member of UNFAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (2017-present)
Panel member - Food Standards Agency - Emerging Risks Forum (2012-2016)