Richard has over 25 years of Pracademic (Practical Academic) experience in land management both in the UK and overseas. 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 the advancement of the field of Stabilisation Agriculture, developing integrated livelihood solutions in countries affected by or emerging from conflict in order to promote food security and economic growth. He has recently been 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 PhD 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.
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)