Writing & Research
Richard has a PhD in English, titled 'Refiguring Class: The Precariat in Contemporary Writing About Britain' (2019). It explored the ways in which class is made and re-made as economic contexts evolve. In light of economic changes following the 2008 financial crisis, it argued that class fiction might be viewed differently, particularly through the figures of the millennial, refugee, and the disappearing middle class, and away from pre-established writing about 'angry young men' or as socialist fiction. He has also researched British fiction and 'chavs.'
Richard has since moved into education and youth studies research. His research in these fields is entangled with his practice as a producer. He is currently writing an article with Dr Frances Howard (Nottingham Trent) about Nottingham CAN's I Come From project (due 2022). Richard's producing practice is underpinned by academic work, and he is interested in shaping a portfolio of research to develop meaningful work in the arts for and with young people.
As a producer, Richard has written copy for various audiences, including the public, in academia, in arts sector settings, and for online consumption.