Richard works in Oxfam GB's research team on issues related to economic, environmental, and social justice. He specialises in food and rural livelihoods, particularly in the contexts of climate change, resource constraints and market volatility. Much of his current work relates to Oxfam's GROW campaign, and he has recently been focused on the social and poverty dimensions of the economic crisis.
Prior to joining Oxfam GB in 2007, Richard worked for a rural development foundation in the Philippines. He holds a BSc in Geography from Durham University and an MSc in International Development (economics and management of rural development) from the University of Manchester. His academic theses examined de-agrarianisation and the non-farm rural economy.