Richard's teaching focusses on the evolving world of agricultural and environmental policy, building on his interest in this dynamic area developed during his PhD. More broadly his research interests relate to external factors influencing land management and agriculture. His scholarship is focussed primarily on the effect of organised crime on agricultural systems and the impacts of conflict on agricultural economies and their subsequent recovery. His research and practical experience have seen him travel widely in West and Sub-Saharan Africa as well as Afghanistan, the Philippines, the Middle East and Myanmar.
As the lead for the University's, Rural Security Research Group he has supervised a number of PhD projects focussed on rural criminology. He is also an expert panel member on food and agriculture for the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime based in Geneva.
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He currently supervises four PhD students looking at a variety of subject matter including modern slavery in EU agri-business and engaging youth in agriculture in South Africa. He also advises a number of NGOs and Government agencies on agricultural and land matters.
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